About the Match
It's familiar foes taking on each other in Women's World Cup, 2017. Australia is set to play New Zealand on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. The match will be played at County Ground Bristol. Both the teams have had a similar fate in the tournament so far. While Australia has won one game more as compared to New Zealand, it's been a washout and not a loss as the reason for it. Australia has won two out of their tow matches whereas New Zealand has registered a win in one while the other one was washed out because of rain. The possibility of rain playing spoilsport at Bristol could not be ruled out with rain predictions for Sunday.
The Autralians were prime candidates for winning the title and they haven't put a foot wrong yet. They came as favorites and have played flawless cricket so far in the competition. They've won two of the two games they've played, both by eight wickets with a lot of overs to spare.
Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton have been so good that the likes of Elysse Perry and Elyse Villani haven't had to bat. In their first game, Nicole Bolton scored a flawless century with excellent support from Beth Mooney who scored a well-compiled half-century. Meg Lanning was superb in the second match as she scored a brutal hundred to guide her team home with more than twelve overs to spare.
Bowlers have bowled particularly well as Australia was able to restrict Sri Lanka around 250-run mark despite swashbuckling innings by Chamira Atapattu. Given their performances and the conditions expected to remain as they have in the tournament, Australia is expected to in with the same lineup. If they continue to play like they have, it will be a tough ask for their neighbors to get past them in this encounter.
The Kiwis have played reasonably well, but as luck would have it, they had to stay content with one point from their game against South Africa. They defeated Australia in the opening game of three-match bilateral ODI series held in February and will be setting that win as an example to take inspiration.
Amy Satterthwaite scored a record century in that game and a similar sort of performance will be expected from her here as well. Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite are two key players on whom New Zealand will be relying heavily. As far as bowling department is concerned, Holly Huddleston will play a key role as she is one of the in-form Kiwi bowlers going into this game.
New Zealand has had a break of a week's time as their previous game was washed out without a ball being bowled. While the rest could have the positive effect in a long tournament, it could really dent the momentum of a winning team. New Zealand would have to continue from where they left in their first game and if they can continue to play the aggressive Cricket they're playing, they can certainly stop the march of their arch-rivals.
Australia and New Zealand have a lot in common coming into this crucial fixture. One, the top-four of both the sides carry the key; two, the skippers of both the sides have scored centuries and have looked in great rhythm; three, the middle-order really haven't gotten a chance to bat. A lot will depend on how the bowlers bowl on the match-day. Considering the form, little separates the two sides. However, looking at the team on paper, recent head-to-head results and big-match performance history, Australia will be our pick for this match