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Preview: India now find themselves in a must-win game after two successive defeats in the ICC Women’s World Cup. Placed fourth in the points table, India take on New Zealand in a do-or-die game against New Zealand.
It will be a virtual quarterfinal clash for the Indian team despite starting the tournament on a promising note with four back-to-back wins. In their last match at Bristol, Australia defeated them by eight wickets, despite a gritty century by Punam Raut and a record-breaking 69 from skipper Mithali Raj. Also Catch- India Women vs New Zealand Women LIVE Streaming
Whoever wins will secure the remaining semis spot with hosts England, South Africa and Australia having already booked their places in the last four.
The Indians only have themselves to blame for their current situation as they batted unexpectedly slow on a track that was offering a bit of turn and grip. After the early dismissal of Smriti Mandhana, skipper Raj and Raut started slowly, allowing the Australian spinners to dictate terms.
In trying to stabilise the innings after an early wicket, Raj, who became the highest ODI run-scorer during that knock and the first woman to score more than 6,000 ODI runs, played uncharacteristically slow, using up 54 balls for her first 20 runs, and finished on a 114-ball 69.
Opener Mandhana’s bat surprisingly became quite after impressive knocks in the first two games and India would be hoping for the left-hander to deliver the goods tomorrow set the platform for the innings.
India would expect the likes of Mandhana, Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur, besides Deepti Sharma and Raj to fire in unison against the dangerous New Zealand. On the bowling front, pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami has looked a pale shadow of herself in the tournament so far and the Indians would be relying on their spinners — Deepti, Ekta Bisht, Harmanpreet and Poonam Yadav to take the responsibility on their shoulders.
Fielding too has been a problem area for India throughout the tournament. In the first three games alone, the Indian eves dropped eight catches. 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.
Just like India, New Zealand too are facing a must-win situation and are currently lying at the fifth spot in the standings with seven points from eight games. New Zealand’s 75-run loss to England in their last match has put them in a precarious position.
The equation is simple for the White Ferns heading into the game against India. A loss will see them pack their bags while a win will knock India out. If New Zealand win and Australia beat South Africa by a big margin, they could also move to the third spot.
India Women: Mithali Raj (capt), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smrti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Smriti Mandhana.
New Zealand Women: Suzie Bates (capt), Amy Satterthwaite, Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.