When: India vs New Zealand, Match 27, July 15 at 9:30am GMT, 3:00pm IST
Where: County Ground, Derby
What to expect: Showers – a lot of it. However, if the weather holds up, the pitch has been on the slower side so far in this competition.
India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma (wk), Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween.
New Zealand: Suzie Bates (c), Katey Martin, Erin Bermingham, Thamsyn Newton, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr, Rachel Priest (wk), Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Leigh Kasperek.
On Saturday (July 15) when all eight participating teams of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup would be in action – some to avoid wooden spoon, others looking for a better finish in top-four – all eyes would be on this winner-takes-all contest between India and New Zealand at Derby. With table-toppers England, defending champions Australia and South Africa sealing their semifinal spots courtesy comprehensive wins in their sixth round games earlier this week, India and New Zealand, placed fourth and fifth in the points table, are left to battle it out for the last remaining spot on the final day of the league round.
India might boast of the world’s leading ODI wicket-taker and run-scorer in their ranks, but as a unit they are struggling to function collectively. After inconsistent pacers and misfiring allrounders, the absolutely last thing India wanted was a chaos in the batting department. Mithali Raj has been the only constant, albeit at the centre of criticism during her record-breaking knock in the previous outing.