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Women's World T20: Confident New Zealand taken on West Indies for final berth

Press Trust of India |March 30, 2016, 12:04 PM IST
Women's World T20: Confident New Zealand taken on West Indies for final berth

Mumbai: Unbeaten so far, a confident New Zealand team will start favourite against the erratic West Indians when the two sides fight it out in the second semifinal of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

The Kiwi women, ranked third in the world, are on a roll in the tournament, having beaten South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Sri Lanka -- all with convincing margins -- on their way to the clash.

New Zealand are, thus, clear favourites to win on Wednesday against the no. 5 ranked Windies.

Windies women have had a roller-coaster ride to the last four, losing two games out of five.

New Zealand, runners-up in 2009 and 2010, have depended on captain Suzie Bates, Rachel Priest -- both with over 100 runs to their credit -- and Sophie Devine in the batting department.

Leigh Kasparek, with nine victims, has been their best bowler in the league stage of the competition, with good support received from Erin Bermingham and Devine.

West Indies have expectedly leaned mostly on their experienced skipper Stafanie Taylor (162 runs from 4 games), in batting, along with all-rounder Deandra Dottin, with the bat as well as the ball, in their progress.

However, it will take a very special effort by the Caribbeans to edge past the on-a-roll New Zealand.

The rival teams (from):

New Zealand: Suzie Bates (capt), Sophie Devine, Erin Bermingham, Leigh Kasparek, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Sara McGlashan, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hanna Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahahu.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman, Marissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy Ann-King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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