About the Match
We are into the business end of the tournament and tomorrow could be the day where things get a little clearer. It's a doubleheader on Wednesday with India taking on Australia and the Kiwis set to challenge the hosts England. It's been a remarkable turnaround for England after they lost to India in their first match of the competition. They've looked strong and ruthless since then and overcame the tough obstacle of Australia in the previous match. For New Zealand, it's been a rather mixed season. They've won a few games comfortably, but their loss against Australia and a 'no result' match against South Africa has really dented their position on the points table.
It was a tough day for England against India, but they learned from their mistakes and haven't looked back. After their defeat, they've marched pass all the that came their way winning four games on the trot which includes a close finish against their Arch-rivals Australia.
England's success has mainly been due to the strong performances by Heather Knight ( an aggregate of 258 runs in 5 innings) and Sarah Taylor (289 in 5 innings), but that doesn't mean that their failure means curtains for them. Their middle-order and late-order joined the party in their game against Australia when the top order failed.
Unlike the batting, its been a team bowling effort with everyone coming forward. With batting in super form and bowling doing reasonably well, England at home ground is just appearing like Australian Men's team of the late '90s.
Just opposite to England, it has been the bowling which has delivered for them. In all three of their wins, they bowled out their opposition for a sub-200 run total which is an applaudable task in itself considering the batting beauties the tears are getting in England.
Holly Huddleston has been pick of their bowlers from their first game and has continued her form ever since. Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite have been among the runs. Their wicket keeper bats-woman Rachel Priest got going against West Indies and played a brilliant innings of 90-odd runs.
Huddleston was rested to make way for an extra spinner in the team, but the spinners have done extremely well since then. However, if the conditions permit, we may well see her back into the side. Overall, the Kiwis have done well in the competition and this will be their biggest test so far and they'd have to play out of their skins to overcome it.
England would like to seal their semifinal spot and become the first team to do so. New Zealand's goal won't be different either. Its a battle of two of the strongest teams in World Cricket and it will be the battle between English batswomen and Kiwi bowlers. It's hard to pick between the sides, but given the conditions, home advantage and the recent form, England Women surely are more probable to win this important match