About the Match
With the intentions of making this game famous amongst the women, Cricket World Cup for Women was introduced in England. We have moved a long way forward from that, and we have seen some astonishing Cricket. There have been some hiccups in between, but Cricket World Cup has stood the test of time with 11th Women's World Cup beginning on 24th June 2017. New Zealand will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the tournament opener which promises to be a cracker of a contest.
New Zealand became the third team to qualify for the event and have been in terrific form in the recent matches they've played. In three of their last four ODI series, they registered the win in three of them: against Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. They were defeated by Australia, but their performance was reasonable in that series.
New Zealand side comprises of batters like Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, and Katey Martin all of who have been in prime form. Amy Satterthwaite has been their standout performer as she scored four consecutive hundreds in 2016-17 season. She scored close to 900 runs in the previous season which is a feat in itself. In the warm-up games, however, she wasn't as impressive and failed to score heavily in those games.
The biggest advantage of having Satterthwaite as an all-rounder is that she provides an extra option with the ball. In addition to herself, Lea Tahuhu, Holly Huddleston, and Erin Bermingham add to the strength of their bowling lineup. Suzie Bates is playing in her third World Cup and her experience might prove in to be handy in crunch situations. Overall, the Kiwi women have a reasonable well-balanced side which could topple any side on their day.
Sri Lanka's run to the main stage hasn't been as breezy as their fans would have expected. They lost both their warm-up games before the tournament and do not have happy memories associated with their performance. During the World ODI Championship, Sri Lanka was able to win just two out of 21 games.
Eshani Lokusuriyage was instrumental in their previous World Cup stint as she scored the fifties in their wins against India and England. All-rounder Shashikala Siriwardene the opener, and their opener Chamari Athapaththu are the mainstays of the lineup. Siriwardene, however, is returning from a year-long injury and might be a little edgy. Chamari Athapaththu top-scored for the country during the qualifying stage held in February scoring a mammoth 155 runs. She was the first Sri Lankan to notch up a century.
Overall, Sri Lanka, like the men's team, is a decent, but unpredictable team. They can beat the best on their day and they certainly play on another level in the ICC events. New Zealand would not want to take them lightly.
Sri Lanka's campaign hasn't been good coming into the series as they lost both their warm-up matches. In addition to that, the head-to-head record favors the Kiwis who have 9 wins to none against Sri Lanka. Considering the on-paper teams and form, New Zealand go in as clear fovorites