New Zealand Women have claimed all three T20Is played against Bangladesh.
New Zealand Women have won five of their previous T20Is while Bangladesh have lost their last four.
New Zealand Women have several in-form players and are strong at home.
New Zealand and Bangladesh women have only faced each other in three T20 internationals, all of which have been won by New Zealand. The hosts have a significantly stronger side on paper. We predict New Zealand Women to win the 3rd T20I on Wednesday.
New Zealand Women: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Georgia Plimmer, Rebecca Burns, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green (wk), Lauren Down, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Eden Carson, Fran Jonas
Bangladesh Women: Murshida Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Dilara Akter, Nahida Akter, Salma Khatun, Sharmin Akhter, Marufa Akter
New Zealand have sealed the T20I series against Bangladesh with a 2-0 unassailable lead. The visitors will be looking to defeat the White Ferns for the first time if they are to avoid the whitewash when they meet in Queenstown on Wednesday.
The Sophie Devine-led side hammered Bangladesh women in the first T20I by 132 runs after skittling out the visitors for just 32. The second game was slightly more competitive as the hosts claimed a 37-run victory in Dunedin.
Marufa Akter and Ritu Moni had kept the lid on New Zealand, keeping them to 71 for 4 in 12 overs. But then Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green joined hands to smash an unbeaten 77-run stand in the last eight overs. Amelia scored 46* off 30 balls while Green struck a 25-ball 37 not out to push the total to 148/4.
Bangladesh's chase could not get going at all after losing two early wickets. Sharmin Akhter and captain Nigar Sultana added 45 runs for the third wicket but the scoring rate was way behind what was required. For New Zealand, Hayley Jensen picked 2 for 12 while Fran Jonas, Lea Tahuhu, and Eden Carson bagged a wicket each.
New Zealand Women have a formidable side in both departments. Two veterans Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine form a destructive opening pair. They're followed by Georgia Plimmer, Rebecca Burns, Amelia Kerr, and Maddy Green. Amelia adds immense value to the side as a leg-spinning all-rounder. They have quality bowling options in Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, and Fran Jonas. Having won the series, a change or two can not be ruled out.
Bangladesh Women have Murshida Khatun and Fargana Hoque at the top, followed by Nigar Sultana, Ritu Moni, and Rumana Ahmed. That trio in the middle order will need to fire if Bangladesh are to put up a fight. In the bowling attack, the visitors have Nahida Akter, Salma Khatun, Sharmin Akhter, and Marufa Akter. Marufa was superb in the previous outing, picking 2 for 22 in four overs. They are likely to make a couple of changes.
Amelia Kerr is amongst the most valuable T20 players in the world. In the last three T20 innings, she has scored 43, 27, and 46* while also picking two scalps. She has an outstanding overall record in the format, having scored over 2300 runs at an average of 25 while striking at 112. Melie Kerr has snared 221 wickets with her leg-break bowling at an economy of 5.76.
Lea Tahuhu has had a stellar career in limited-overs cricket. The veteran right-arm pacer has taken 183 wickets in overall T20s at an economy of 6.07. Tahuhu was magnificent in the first T20I, picking a career-best 4 for just 6 runs in her four overs. If not rested, Tahuhu will be a player to watch out for.
What: New Zealand Women vs Bangladesh Women, 3rd T20I
Where: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
When: December 6, 2022 / 7:30 PM EST
How to watch:
Amazon Prime Video (India)
Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia)
Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand)
SuperSport (South Africa)
Willow TV (USA)
Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)
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