New Zealand Women are set to host the Indian Women team for the second T20I at Eden Park, Auckland. Indian Women would be eyeing to bounce back in this crucial contest. For the visitors, it’s a must-win match as they look to tie the three-match series heading into this match. After the ODI series triumph by 4-1, this was a reality check for the Blue Brigade.

The White Ferns emerged victorious in the first encounter by 23 runs t take a lead of 1-0 in the series. Having won the toss, team India decided to ball first which backfired as they ended up losing the opening match in Wellington. The home side posted a par score of 159 runs on the board, courtesy Sophie Devine’s fireworks top of the order. She scored 62(48) while building a crucial partnership with the skipper Amy Satterthwaite 33 (27) to take her side to a decent total.

India started the chase brilliantly and they looked in total command till the halfway line. In the process, Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest T20I fifty in Women’s cricket in just 24 balls. Her heroics went in vain as India failed to capitalize on the perfect start. At one stage India were cruising, posting 102-1 on the board in just 14 overs. The visitors required 49 runs in 36 balls and Indian batsmen looked well in control to take their side over the line but the inexperienced middle-order collapsed once again. India lost 9 wickets for 34 runs in and were bundled out for 136 runs in 19.1 overs.

Team India needs to address their weaknesses heading into this must-win match. Mithali Raj might be brought back into the side to strengthen their middle-order. While the hosts would be hoping for the same kind of clinical performance to seal the series in the second match itself.





Date: Friday, February 8, 2019.

Time:  07:30 AM IST

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

League: India tour of New Zealand

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar



Ground Stats T20


Total Matches 17
Matches won batting first 9
Matches won bowling first 6
Average 1st Inns scores 172
Average 2nd Inns scores 149
Highest total recorded 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ
Lowest total recorded 107/10 (14.5 Ov) by NZ vs RSA
Highest score chased 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ
Lowest score defended 165/7 (20 Ov) by RSA vs NZ


Head-to-Head (in T20Is)


Total – 09

India – 03

New Zealand – 06



Team News


India Women

  • Mithali Raj can feature in this match to strengthen the middle order


New Zealand Women

  • Bernadine Bezuidenhout is out of the series due to her finger injury





New Zealand Women – Amy Satterthwaite(c), Rosemary Mair, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Suzie Bates, Leigh Kasperek,  Hayley Jensen, Caitlin Gurrey, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu

India Women – Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana,  Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia



Probable Playing XI


New Zealand

  1. Katey Martin
  2. Suzie Bates
  3. Amy Satterthwaite (c)
  4. Caitlin Gurrey
  5. Frances Mackay
  6. Amelia Kerr
  7. Sophie Devine
  8. Leigh Kasperek
  9. Hannah Rowe
  10. Lea Tahuhu
  11. Rosemary Mair



  1. Taniya Bhatia
  2. Smriti Mandhana
  3. Priya Punia/Mithali Raj
  4. Jemimah Rodrigues
  5. Harmanpreet Kaur (c)
  6. Dayalan Hemalatha
  7. Deepti Sharma
  8. Anuja Patil
  9. Arundhati Reddy
  10. Radha Yadav
  11. Poonam Yadav





Katey Martin

Suize Bates

Amy Satterthwaite

Jemimah Rodrigues

Smriti Mandhana             C

Amelia Kerr

Sophie Devine   VC

Deepti Sharma

Arundhati Reddy

Radha Yadav

Lea Tahuhu



Taniya Bhatia

Caitlin Gurrey

Priya Punia

Harmanpreet Kaur (C)

Smriti Mandhana

Dayalan Hemalatha

Amelia Kerr        (VC)

Arundhati Reddy

Rosemary Mair

Leigh Kasperek

Poonam Yadav