About the Match
We are almost midway into the tournament and teams will look to gear up and take bigger strides forward. New Zealand came into the tournament with the tag of being one of the frontrunners to qualify for the knockouts, but much to their fans' disappointment, they are still one position shy of top four. They are set to take on West Indies on 6th July at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. We haven't really seen best of West Indies so far in the tournament as they've failed to be in commanding position in any match, let alone win it. Considering the way things have been in the tournament, New Zealand could not have asked for a better opponent to face than the beleaguered West Indies. West Indies, on the contrary, would love to give women in black a run for their money.
Having registered just one win in first of their three matches isn't something one would associate with the Kiwi women's team. However, such has been their fate. One of their matches was washed out due to rain and they lost a close match against Australia. Their only win came against Sri Lanka who themselves are winless in the tournament.
Skipper Suzie Bates has led the team well and is in remarkable form. She has hammered over a hundred and fifty runs in the tournament so far which includes a fifty and a hundred against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively. Amy Satterthwaite too has been amongst the runs as she too notched up a brisk century against the Sri Lankans. While their top-order and bowling unit looks robust, it's their middle-order which needs polishing. Their middle-order crumbled under pressure against Australia, but it would have to come good if they are to topple strong sides.
New Zealand currently stands at fifth position on the points table and win will take them within the top four. This alone should be motivating enough to play to their potential and register a comprehensive win. If the Kiwi team can play up to their potential, it is going to be extremely tough for the Caribbean team to match them.
West Indies hasn't played the brand of Cricket they are known for and are tottering with no win in the three games they've played. Although there still are mathematical chances for them to qualify for semis, the chances of that are comparable to that of finding a needle in a haystack.
So far in the Women's World Cup, none of their batswomen has managed to score at least a fifty. As far as their bowling is concerned, they've picked up a total of five wickets in three matches with three of those claimed by their skipper Stefanie Taylor. Their batting hasn't clicked and the bowlers have been listless can be validated by the fact that they've lost all their five games by colossal margin including the warm-up matches.
With the hopes of qualifying for the semis all but over, the West Indies team will have to find something for inspiration. Going by the current scenario, even getting away from the bottom spot in the points table will be an achievement for them and they'd have to work extremely hard for it.
West Indies Women's team announced themselves last year at Eden Gardens when they won the World T20 Title, but their performance in this World Cup hasn't been close to even the shadow of what it was last year. New Zealand, on the contrary, has played reasonably well, but weather spoiled their chances against the Proteas. With everything going on for the New Zealand side as compared to that of West Indies, there's no way one could think of placing one's money one anyone except New Zealand.