World Cup: White Ferns to battle India with revenge on their mindsMarch 16th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Mar.16 (ANI): New Zealand’’s women cricketers face their most important match in four years against India tomorrow, eyeing revenge against the side who eliminated them from the previous World Cup.
A spot in Sunday’’s World Cup final against unbeaten England beckons for the winners of the Super Six match at North Sydney Oval, after Australia tumbled from contention when India upset them by 16 runs at the weekend.
The losers tomorrow will meet Australia in the playoff for third on Saturday, barring upsets in the final Super Six round on Thursday.
Batter Sara McGlashan was one of four current White Ferns — captain Haidee Tiffen, Aimee Mason and Nicola Browne the others — beaten by 40 runs by India in the 2005 semi-final in South Africa when they went in as defending champions.
“We”ll definitely be out to make amends — you still feel results like that,” the NZPA quoted McGlashan, as saying.
Since then, New Zealand have won six of their last seven against India although the teams haven”t met in an ODI for two years.
They played a pre-tournament warm-up match in Sydney, and New Zealand were dismissed for 141 by India’’s battery of slow bowlers, chasing 169 to win.
New Zealand’’s limitations against spin and ability to chase runs were again talking points after they suffered their first defeat of the World Cup, by 31 runs against England on Saturday.
Coach Gary Stead wasn”t too disheartened by the defeat, and said that India are beatable. (ANI)
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