India eves looking to maintain form against New ZealandMarch 16th, 2009 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 16 (IANS) High on confidence after shocking World Champions Australia, India would hope to carry on their form against New Zealand in the crucial Super Six encounter of the Women’s World Cup cricket at North Sydney Oval here Tuesday.
It is an important match for both teams which are on four points, having won two and lost one of their three Super Six matches so far.
New Zealand would be looking to take revenge as in the previous edition they lost to India in the semi-final, which ended their hopes of successive World Cup final appearances. Four players from the current side - Haidee Tiffen, Aimee Mason, Sara McGlashan and Nicola Browne — played in that match.
India have also beaten them in a World Cup warm-up game.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead, however, said his side is capable of beating India and the pacy track will suit them.
“Absolutely, India are beatable. They beat us in the warm-up game on a really used wicket that suited their spinners a lot,” Stead said.
“We’re back at North Sydney where I know it’s a good wicket and there’s much better pace in it.”
New Zealand would be hoping that its struggling batsmen would struck form. Only captain Haidee Tiffen has scored half-centuries in matches against the big teams.
Meanwhile, defending champions Australia kept their title hopes alive with a thumping 107-run win over Pakistan in their second Super Six stage match Monday.
Batting first, Australia made 6-229 before dismissing Pakistan for 122 in the 46th over.
The win took the Aussie eves to second position with India and New Zealand behind England on the points table.
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