ABOUT THE MATCH
We are into the final week of Women's T20 tri-series and South Africa's win over England in the last league game has set up the points table nicely. Cricket Betting Tips The table toppers, England Women, will now take on the Kiwi Women in the final week of the tri-series. A win will take England into the finale whereas a loss would mean their fate resting in the hands of other teams. Cricket Betting Tips Free This tri-series has been well-fought so far and we expect nothing less from the last league game as well.
After a terrific performance in the first week of the tri-series, the English had a mediocre second week of the series. They managed to register a convincing win over the Kiwis, their loss against the Proteas will be something they'll ponder upon.
England did not get off to a start they'd have wanted as they were dealt an early blow by Raisibe Ntozakhe. Sarah Taylor got off to a good start and scored consecutive boundaries off Marizanne Kapp but Shabnim Ismail picked her wicket before she could do any more damage. She played a quick knock of 20-runs. Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight continued to build on their fairytale run as the duo brought England back into the game. Beaumont departed in the second-last over for well-made 71.
English bowlers started off well by picking Laura Wolvaardt even before she could trouble the scorers but had to wait for 11.3 overs and 103 runs to get another one. Sophie Ecclestone's bowled a brilliant double-wicket over, but that could only delay the eventual result.
Regardless of the result of this game, England are almost certain of their qualification to the final, thanks to their superior run-rate. Despite that, expect them to come all guns blazing to go to the finals with winning momentum.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN
It's the week for New Zealand Women to play two games in a day and both their games carry equal importance. They'll meet South Africa prior to this game and a win there will make this game inconsequential as far as qualification for the final is concerned. However, a loss against South Africa would make it imperative for them to win this match.
The Kiwi Women last played their match against England which didn't turn out the way they wanted it to be. England scored 172 while batting first against them which proved to be too much for the Kiwi batting lineup. Suzie Bates did get off to a start, but could not capitalize on it and was trapped in front while trying to up the ante. New Zealand eventually finished for 118, losing the game by 54 runs.
All in all, New Zealand Women is one of the better sides in Women's circuit and one bad game doesn't make them a bad team. They've done well in the competition and prior to it. Having said that, they'd need to produce their best in order to beat English Women in the upcoming fixture.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
It's been a tournament where we have seen plenty of high-scoring contest and many records being broken. This has largely been due to the smaller grounds and excellent surfaces to bat on. It's expected to be a day full of sunlight and warmth and the track is expected to get a little slower as the game progresses.
The Kiwi bowlers were able to get past Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight, but Nat Sciver's 59 and Sophie Ecclestone's 4 for 18 pushed them out of the game. They'd need to play out of their skins to beat in-form England. England, too, are coming into this game after a defeat against the Proteas and would love to go into the final with momentum behind them. Considering the teams on paper and their form, England are firm favorites to win the last league game of the tri-series.