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The Group A of ICC Women's World T20 is now left with only the dead-rubbers. India and Australia have already qualified for the semifinal and the game between them will only govern the table-topper. Also, New Zealand and Ireland will play against each other in a bid to finish third in the points table. While the game will have no impact whatsoever on the qualification scenarios of the table, it still carries significant importance for both the sides. Ireland have never registered a win in ICC World T20 and they'll be looking to end this drought. For the Kiwis, the win will at least do some justification to their ICC ranking by being right behind Australia in India in the points table.
After losing out to India and Australia in their opening two games, New Zealand finally found a consolation win as they choked Pakistan in their third match in this tournament.
After being put into bat, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine took charge as the Kiwis got off to a flying start. However, they lost track in the middle overs and could not really finish with a flourish. Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine stayed to be their top-scorers with the scores of 35 and 32 respectively.
The Kiwis were threatened early in the chase as Pakistan raced to 31 in just three overs. With 114 required off the last 17 overs and all wickets in hand, a sensible batting effort would have taken Pakistan home, but Jess Watkin had other ideas. Once Leigh Kasperek got rid of Ayesa Zafar, Jess Watkin and Co. ran all over Pakistan's batting lineup as they were all dismissed for a lowly total of 90.
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Jess Watkin, Hannah Rowe, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu.
Ireland have flopped in all their matches so far in the tournament with a loss against Pakistan and Australia and it was no exception against India. They had a sedate start with the bat to keep wickets in the hand and aimed to accelerate towards the end of the innings, but the acceleration never came.
Irish bowlers did well on a slow surface to keep India just to a total of 145. For Ireland, Kim Garth was the pick of the bowlers. Eimer Richardson and Lucy OReilly, although, contributed with a wicket apiece, they conceded a little more than they would have liked to.
Chasing a middling total, Ireland had a realistic chance to force an upset against India, but their batting failed yet again. They got off to a slow but steady start but their middle-order batsmen failed to convert the start into a win. Laura Delany, Isobel Joyce, and Gaby Lewis were too slow in the starting which eventually played a vital role towards the death overs as the Irish women were left to do too much with only a few overs left.
Clare Shillington, Cecelia Joyce, Gaby Lewis, Isobel Joyce, Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Eimear Richardson, Mary Waldron, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe.
With both India and Australia in the semis from this group, this match is nothing but a footnote. Having said that, both teams will still strive hard to get the final consolation win before heading home. Ireland haven't won a game yet in any edition of ICC World T20 and it appears it will continue to stay so. New Zealand have a strong side and with attacking batsman at the top and experienced bowling attack, they go in as favorites to win this upcoming encounter.