Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

New Zealand battle for the last semi-final spot

New Zealand battle for the last semi-final spot

The India vs New Zealand Women's World Cup match is on Saturday, July 15 and live coverage is scheduled to start at 3 pm IST. They began with a fine win over one of the favourites, hosts England, and then scored wins of the Pakistan, the West Indies and Sri Lanka and looked on top of the world with four straight wins.

Apart from the loss against England, New Zealand only went down to Australia in the ongoing World Cup while their match against South Africa was washed out, and captain Suzie Bates sounded positive heading into the decider. Placed fourth in the points table, India take on New Zealand in a do-or-die game against New Zealand. After the early dismissal of Smriti Mandhana, skipper Raj and Raut started slowly, allowing the Australian spinners to dictate terms.

Fielding too has been a problem area for India throughout the tournament. With the ball, Jhulan Goswami has lacked penetration, taking four wickets in six games at an economy of 4.7 (joint highest among fast bowlers) in the tournament.

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Just like India, New Zealand too are facing a must-win situation and are now lying at the fifth spot in the standings with seven points from eight games.

The India vs New Zealand match is set to be played at the County Ground, Derby. Kiwis won the toss and they have invited India to bat first in a must win the encounter.

Although at this stage, India couldn't have asked for a better opponent than the ones who have oddly flunked at crucial junctures in all ICC events since finishing runners-up in 2010 World T20. "Amelia Kerr has been brilliant, she continues to surprise us", said New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates.

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