March 20, 2018

New Zealand battle for the last semi-final spot

15 July 2017, 01:42 | Joan Schultz

MS Dhoni's unbeaten 91 proved to be the difference between the two sides on the big

Cricket World Cup 2011 final

New Zealand won the toss and put India to bat in their do-or-die clash of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup at the County Cricket Ground in Derby on Saturday. The last match centurion Punam Raut departs. A loss against White Ferns will shatter India's semi-final hopes at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

India vs New Zealand will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Despite earning the tag of pre-tournament favourites, the desperate need to better their recent record in World Cups can bring in extra pressure and New Zealand would be cautious to not let that deny them another shot at glory.

Where to watch India Women vs Australia Women match? India have problems at the top of the innings in both departments. On the bowling front, pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami has looked a pale shadow of herself in the tournament so far and the Indians would be relying on their spinners - Deepti, Ekta Bisht, Harmanpreet and Poonam Yadav to take the responsibility on their shoulders. In the game against South Africa, they allowed at least 10 runs on the field through misfields while against Australia, there were some very basic mistakes.

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With table-toppers England, defending champions Australia and South Africa sealing their semifinal spots, there is one position to grab between India and New Zealand.

On the other hand, back from a 75-run thrashing by hosts England, New Zealand will be aiming to turn things around in the upcoming encounter. A loss will see them pack their bags while a win will knock India out.

What gives New Zealand an edge is that they haven't been heavily reliant on one, or more, batters throughout.

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