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Eng hope to put it across NZ in eves final

England, the one-day world champions, have hardly put a foot wrong.

Press Trust Of India |June 20, 2009, 2:25 PM IST
Eng hope to put it across NZ in eves final

London: England would look to assert their supremacy in women's cricket by winning another major title when they clash with New Zealand in the final of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup here on Sunday.

England, the one-day world champions, have hardly put a foot wrong in the event and have won all their four encounters with consummate ease.

The Kiwis are no push overs as they too are unconquered so far, winning all their league matches before crushing India in the semi-final.

Both the sides have some exciting batters in their side and going by their performance so far, another high scoring match is on the cards.

The trio of skipper Charlotte Edwards, Sarah and Claire Taylor at the top makes a dangerous England line up and Kiwi bowlers have to get rid of them quickly if they are to upset the formidable hosts.

The awesome threesome share five fifties among them and have done bulk of the scoring for the hosts.

Claire has hit two half-centuries in the event with the second and a scintillating one coming against Australia in the semifinal on Friday.

Kiwi left-arm seamer Sian Ruck, who has the ability to swing the ball, will have to deliver if New Zealand are to contain the England top-order.

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For New Zealand a lot depends on the performance of skipper Aimee Watkins, who is in red hot form. She has two half-centuries under her belt and has a penchant of making big scores.

The left-handed skipper will have to fire one more time to put the hosts under pressure although she has a strong batting line up with Suzie Bates at the top and Nicola Browne and Sara McGlashan in the middle.

Lucy Doolan has shown her all round abilities and could emerge as a key performer for the visitors.

England have a good pace attack in Laura Marsh, Katherine Brunt and Nicky Shaw but spinner Holly Colvin is the one who is real threat for New Zealand.

The left-armer, with her nine wicket tally, has taken wickets in all the games she has played in this tournament.

In all two very talented sides are going to clash for the top honours in what promises to be an exciting contest at the Lord's ahead of the men's final.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3672 102
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 9349 260
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