About the Match
There would be a moment of proudness as satisfaction for the Kiwi skipper, Suzie Bates when she makes her way to the field on Wednesday. She will become 8th New Zealand player to feature in 100 or more One Day Internationals. She, however, will have an important task as New Zealand takes on South Africa in what will be an important match as far as qualification for the semis is concerned. The two team lock horns on 28th June at County Ground, Derby. Considering the cut-throat competition in this World Cup edition, no team would settle for anything less than a big win.
South Africa Women
South Africa would have been pretty happy with their wins in the Warm-up games, but prior to their match against Pakistan. Although they registered a 3-wicket win against Pakistan, the win wasn't as convincing as they'd have liked. Chasing a modest total of 207 runs should have been a cakewalk, especially after the start provided by their openers.
Panic crept in after being in a position to wrap up the match in style. Bowlers have done a wonderful job for South Africa so far in England as they've restricted their opponents to a subpar score twice in a row now. In the warm-up game, they restricted West Indies to a paltry total of 63 and restricted Pakistan to a lowly 207.
Bowlers and openers have done well for the South African women so far in the competition, but the onus will be on their middle-order to produce some good cricket. If South Africa manages to do that, toppling the Kiwis will no longer remain as tough as it is.
New Zealand made a cracking start to the tournament by beating Sri Lanka by 9 wickets chasing a modest total. Suzie Bates, their skipper, posted a quick hundred which will certainly help them should Net Run Rate come into the equation in latter state of the competition
Holly Huddleston was the pick of the bowlers in their win against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was cruising at one stage when Holly Huddleston bowled a miserly spell and picked up five wickets for mere 35 runs. Amelia Kerr proved to be a nice second fiddle to her as she didn't give anything away in her short spell. In reply, Kiwi batters achieved the target without any fuss as Satterthwaite continued her fine form and Suzie Bates smashed a hundred.
Overall, New Zealand is one of the stronger looking sides in this competition largely due to their in-form batters. If the batters can continue scoring like they've been over the past few matches, it is going to be tough for any team to get past them.
South African quicks will certainly enjoy the conditions at Derby. There is moisture expected to be on the surface so it won't be surprised if the team winning the toss elects to field first. South Africa have played well, but their top-order hasn't got the runs as consistently. New Zealand, on the contrary, has had their players score the fifties and hundreds at the top of the order. Strong batting line-up and a massive win in their last match make New Zealand firm favorites in this upcoming match