About the Match
We might well witness yet another mismatch as New Zealand takes on Pakistan on 8th July 2017 at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. New Zealand are in fine form and have been undefeated in all but one game look set to overhaul Pakistan. Although Pakistan has been down and out in the competition so far, they can certainly turn it around and redeem some pride by registering a victory against Women in black.
New Zealand marched past the West Indies in their previous match as West Indies failed to put any obstacles in the New Zealander's path. Apparently, their loss against Australia has had an effect on their mindset and they are now playing more aggressive and free Cricket.
Suzie Bates scored a hundred in the tournament and has got ample support from players like Amy Satterthwaite and Rachel Priest. The latter scored a quick-fire 90 off just 55 balls setting the record for the fastest fifty in World's Women Cricket. Their bowlers too have done well particularly Lea Tahuhu in their last game and Holly Huddleston in their first game.
With strong batting and lethal bowling going hand in hand for the Kiwis, they appear to be one of the candidates for the semifinal slot. A win in this match might well just ensure that, and the women in black would certainly want to make it count.
Exactly opposite to how New Zealand has played has been the performance graph of Pakistan. While the New Zealand batswomen scored at a whopping strike rate of around 180, Pakistan's average strike rate is even less than 50 runs per 100 balls.
Pakistan did well in their first game in which they gained some respect from their fans as well as their opposition. Their bowling did not let the match run away from in spite of setting a modest total to chase for South Africa. It has, however, been all down-hill since then. They lost every game they played thereafter by over a margin of 90-runs which includes their thrashing against India.
Pakistan's women aren't as experienced as the men's team is. They are fairly new to the international women's cricket with only a decade and a half as experience. Although it is a pretty unlikely scenario, If Pakistan can notch up their game in all the departments, they can certainly trouble Kiwi players.
It's an important game for both New Zealand. New Zealand would want to register a win here and climb the ladder towards the final-four, Paksitan will be looking to keep their qualification chances alive for a couple of more days. New Zealand has played well in this competition and considering their form, and team on paper, it should be an easy win for England.