Bates won't take Pakistan lightly as New Zealand eyes semi-final place

“Every game is almost a knock-out game so we have to bring our A game and play as well as we can against any opposition,” says the New Zealand captain.
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  • The match can be watched on SKY Sport 5 & Hotstar in New Zealand; PTV Sports & sports.ptv.com.pk in Pakistan.

A big win over the West Indies pushed New Zealand back into the top four after four games at the ICC Women’s World Cup but captain Suzie Bates knows that every game is crucial ahead of Saturday’s clash with Pakistan.

The White Ferns responded to the defeat against Australia in the best possible fashion, hammering the West Indies by eight wickets and chasing down a target of 151 in less than 20 overs.

That was enough to leapfrog South Africa in the points table, and with the game between the sides having been washed out earlier in the tournament, their battle for a place in the last four could come down to net run-rate.

While New Zealand cannot focus solely on run-rate, Bates admits it could yet be crucial to her side’s chances of progression.

She said: “This whole tournament we’ve understood that every game was going to be a big match, and having the rain-affected match has made that even more important.

“Every game is almost a knock-out game so we have to bring our A game and play as well as we can against any opposition.

Sana Mir may take the decision to step down after the World Cup but her legacy will remain in the Pakistan teams of the future
Sana Mir may take the decision to step down after the World Cup but her legacy will remain in the Pakistan teams of the future

“When the run-rate comes into play too, you can’t take anyone lightly. We’ll have a rest day but it’s exciting because we felt that we hadn’t played cricket for a while, we had a week off but now we’ll go out and play so it will be nice to get into a rhythm.”

New Zealand will return to Taunton two days after the big win over the West Indies, and faces a Pakistan team still in search of a first victory in the tournament.

Although not mathematically eliminated, Pakistan’s chances of progressing are slim, but captain Sana Mir feels the team has learned a lot so far, and needs to build on that experience.

“What’s very important is that we are able to bat out the 50 overs like we did against Australia. We need the young girls who are playing in the future to get an opportunity to face the best bowlers in the world. This is a learning curve for the newcomers.

“I think we have started very well with the ball against all the big teams so we’re not afraid of them [New Zealand].

I think with the kind of attitude and consistency we’re showing with our bowling, particularly early on, we can hurt New Zealand.”

In New Zealand, the match will be live on SKY Sport 5 and Hotstar, while it can be watched in Pakistan on PTV Sports and sports.ptv.com.pk. For more details, contact your local listings.

Squads:

New Zealand: Suzie Bates (captain), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddie Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu

Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter

Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite and S. Saikat

Match referee – Richie Richardson

Points Table

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NR

POINTS

NRR

Australia

4

4

0

0

8

1.35

India

4

4

0

0

8

0.91

England

4

3

1

0

6

1.50

New Zealand

4

2

1

1

5

1.52

South Africa

4

2

1

1

5

1.16

Sri Lanka

4

0

4

0

0

-1.16

Pakistan

4

0

4

0

0

-2.04

West Indies

4

0

4

0

0

-2.70

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