Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

New Zealand opt to bowl

New Zealand opt to bowl

Whoever wins between Indi and New Zealand will secure the last remaining semi-final spot with hosts England, South Africa and defending champions Australia already qualifying for the last four.

At Bristol, they were defeated by a dominant Australia by eight wickets, despite a fighting century from Punam Raut, and a record breaking 69 from captain Mithali Raj. India had lost against South Africa and Australia because of which this situation has come. It's a do or die situation for the Eves as they go up against White Ferns.

A lot will depend on captain Mithali and openers Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana.

The Indian squad of Women's cricket will take on New Zealand on July 15 as a part of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup 2017 in England.

New Zealand Women - Suzie Bates (c), Rachel Priest (w), Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Katie Perkins, Erin Bermingham, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Holly Huddleston, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Maddy Green, Thamsyn Newton.

Jhulan Goswami has lacked penetration, taking 4 wickets in six games at an economy of 4.7 in the tournament.

Fielding too has been a problem area for India throughout the tournament. In the game against South Africa, they allowed at least 10 runs on the field through misfields while against Australia, there were some very basic mistakes.

Now standing on the fourth position in the points table, India will have to give their all to reach the semifinals spot as they face New Zealand in the virtual-quarterfinal on Saturday.

The India vs New Zealand match is set to be played at the County Ground, Derby.

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