Match Preview | M#13 | New Zealand v Ireland | NZ v IRE | U-19 Women's T20 WC
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Cricket Queens
Match 14 of the ICC U-19 T20 World Cup will be a high-profile Group C clash between New Zealand and Ireland. New Zealand kicked off their WC campaign with a clinical display against Indonesia. On the other hand, Ireland are coming off a tough loss against West Indies.
VENUE – Senwes Park, Potchefstroom | TIME – 10:00 local/13:30 IST
On Day 2, Rwanda vs Pakistan and Zimbabwe vs England were the matches that happened at Senwes Park. The venue has a good pitch to bat on, with pacers enjoying success in the initial phase. However, spin is a highly-potent weapon in the women’s game irrespective of the pitch and that was the case in the above-mentioned games too.
NEW ZEALAND: In Group C, there's a gulf in quality and experience between New Zealand and the rest of the 3 sides. It was evident against Indonesia. In today’s game, Ireland will be coming all guns blazing after facing a close defeat against the Windies. But New Zealand are the favourites to win.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Tash Walekin: The spin all-rounder from Northern Districts was outstanding with the ball in the opening game. She picked up 3 wickets in her 4 overs at an economy of just 3.5. She has a very good batting technique as well and can play a key role with the bat in the middle order if needed.
Anna Browning: The opening batter from Auckland showcased a brilliant all-round show against Indonesia. She also bagged two wickets with her right arm medium pace and scored a handy 38* off 36. She will be vital for NZ at the top to set the tone in this competition.
Georgia Plimmer: She is one of the 3 senior internationals in this NZ side. As a batter who has already found a place alongside Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr, she has to be a serious talent. The young opener is very impressive and looks to take the bowlers head-on from ball 1. Her impact in the powerplay will be vital in providing quick starts for New Zealand.
IRELAND: After requiring 41 off 30 at one stage, Ireland fell short in a chase of 126 by 7 runs. Over-dependency on their internationals Amy Hunter and Georgina Dempsey and losing the set batter Annabel Squires (42 off 38) at the wrong time certainly cost them in the chase. But the biggest reason for Ireland's loss was their lack of discipline in bowling. Irish bowlers gave away 24 extras, of which 21 came via wides. Ireland need to tighten their lines before they take on a highly professional side like New Zealand.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Amy Hunter: The captain of the U-19 side came into the limelight when she scored a century against Zimbabwe and became the youngest player to score an ODI century. The young right-handed batter averages nearly 33 in ODIs and 22 in T20Is, both of which are well above par for such a young player. She is already in the core batting group of the senior side and Ireland will be heavily counting on her experience at this World Cup.
The chase of 126 was in control till Amy Hunter (21 off 25) was in the middle and Ireland lost their way after her dismissal against the West Indies. Her starts at the top will be important for Ireland to put up or chase big totals.
Georgina Dempsey: She is the other player apart from Amy Hunter who brings international experience to the table. She is a promising pacer who can bat and will be spearheading the Irish pace attack. One must not forget that the talented bowler has already dismissed the likes of Alyssa Healy and Tahlia McGrath. She couldn't provide the early wickets in the game against West Indies but had an economical outing, conceding only 24 runs from her 4 overs.
Annabel Squires: The one thing that Annabel Squires knows is to score runs and loads of runs. She has been scoring a truckload of them in the U-15s, then the U-17s and now for the U-19s. She carried her good form from the warm-ups to the opening game. She top scored with 42 for Ireland in their opener. But she lost her wicket at the wrong time and couldn't take Ireland home. Her technically solid batting will be massively important against a highly skilled New Zealand bowling attack.