New Zealand Women will aim to win the final of ICC Women's World T20 2016 © Getty Images
New Zealand Women will aim to win the final of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 © Getty Images

The New Zealand Women’s team, if not in the best of their forms, is enjoying a good time at the moment in cricket. Though the result of the last match before the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 went against them, the team has won many matches before that proves the potential in the team. As a matter of fact, the defeat could not stop New Zealand Women from winning the 3-match T20I series against Australia 2-1. With a good and balanced bowling attack and a strong batting line-up, the team looks quite powerful and has all chances to win the tournament. One of New Zealand Women’s main strength is their opening pair. READ: Stefanie Taylor, Marizanne Kapp, Sara McGlashan, Laura Marsh excited to play in WBBL

Suzie Bates, one of the top ranked batsmen currently in the world, is in a very good form currently. The player has scored two consecutive half centuries in the last two T20Is against Australia and has ensured that the team’s batting receives a head-start with good boost of runs from top order. Her partner, Rachel Priest deserves a big share of Suzie’s success as she provides the perfect support from the other end.

The number three batsman, Sara McGlashan, is also one dependable run scorer that New Zealand depends upon. With a balanced top-order, it is always tough for the opponents bowlers to restrict the team within a low score. The middle-order batsmen, especially Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin, are also able enough to combat a top-order collapse and take the team to a good score. READ: VIDEO: New Zealand White Ferns prepare for series against India Eves

The New Zealand team bowling attack also has strong points with likes of Leigh Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu. Kasperek was one of the key players behind New Zealand’s 2-1 T20I victory over Australia as the she bagged 7 wickets from just two matches that she played in the series. Tahuhu, on the other hand, though, has scalped lesser wickets but is able to bowl very economically and can slow down the run rate of the opponents. Opener Suzie Bates also has the ability to bowl an over or two and dismiss the opponents.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)