ICC Women’s World Cup: India face do-or-die situation against New Zealand

India women’s cricket team face a do-or-die situation in their last league game against New Zealand in the race for the semifinals after suffering a heavy defeat to Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2017 08:42 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
ICC Women’s World Cup,Mithali Raj,Indian Cricket team
Mithali Raj-led India are currently at the fourth spot at the ICC Women’s World Cup.(Action Images via Reuters)

The ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday witnessed some hectic activity. Three out of the four spots for the semifinal have been confirmed. England secured their place in the knockouts by thrashing New Zealand by 75 runs. South Africa secured their place in the last four by defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets. However, India failed to seal their spot in the semi-final as they lost to Australia by eight wickets, which allowed the reigning and defending champions to seal their spot in the play-offs.

Heading into the last league game, England, South Africa and Australia will primarily play for position in the semifinal but India face a virtual quarterfinal against New Zealand. This is the situation that India are confronting in the race for the ICC Womens World Cup 2017.

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1) England

Position in table: 1

Semifinal scenario: Qualified

P - 6, W - 5, L - 1, Points: 10

Game remaining: vs West Indies (June 15)

England’s last game of the tournament is just warm-up for the semifinal. A win in their last league game will guarantee them top spot provided Australia do not thrash South Africa by a big margin

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2) Australia

Position in table: 2

Semifinal scenario: Qualified

P - 6, W - 5, L - 1, Points: 10

Game remaining: vs South Africa (June 15)

Australia have sealed their entry in the semifinal with victory over India. They can seal the top spot if the win against South Africa and that West Indies upset England. They can slip to fourth position if they lose to the Proteas and that New Zealand beat India.

3) South Africa

Position in table: 3

Semifinal scenario: Qualified

P - 6, W - 4, L - 1, N/R - 1, Points: 9

Game remaining: vs Australia (June 15)

South Africa will be looking to break their winless run against Australia in women’s ODIs. A win will take them to second spot while a loss could demote them to fourth spot.

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4) India

Position in table: 4

P - 6, W - 4, L - 2, Points: 8

Game remaining: vs New Zealand (June 15)

India’s loss to Australia by eight wickets has made their path to the semifinal a bit harder and tense. The loss to the defending champions has taken a toll on their net run-rate as it has dipped to 0.150. Heading into their last game against New Zealand, they have to win. If they lose, they are out.

5) New Zealand

Position in table: 5

P - 6, W - 3, L - 2, N/R - 1, Points: 7

Game remaining: vs India (June 15)

New Zealand’s 75-run loss to England has put them in a precarious position. The equation is simple for the White Ferns heading into the game against India. A loss will see them pack their bags while a win will knock India out. If New Zealand win and Australia beat South Africa by a big margin, they could move to third spot.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 08:31 IST