Women’s world cup first took place in the year 1973, it was a step to popularise women’s cricket amongst financial difficulties. The tournament have moved from place to place and have seen quite a bit ups and downs with financial and administrative problems being the major of all. This world cup however have solved the financial problems of women’s world cup. England is set to host the world cup 2017 and New Zealand women’s team would take on Sri Lankan women’s team at the world cup starter. New Zealand have won the tournament in 2000 and was the third team to qualify for the world cup, they are in the prime form in recent past. New Zealand looks to be a balanced team on paper and all their players are in peak of its form. But one of the major threats for New Zealand team is their batting revolves around top three batsman. New Zealand think tank would love to step up more palyers to get their form back in batting. Sri Lanka on the other hand were the sixth team to qualify for the world cup, however they are lacking the form needed to excel in world cup matches. New Zealand have won all nine matches against Sri Lanka and will be the firm favorites. Sri Lanka on the other hand have lost both their practice encounter as well.
What: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 24th June,2017, 15:00 IST
Where: county ground, Bristol
What to expect: there will be few clouds around but it won’t effect the game much, the pitch would be helpful for spinners and medium pacer.
New Zealand: batting core would be formed by Bates, Martin, Devine and Satterthwaite. Tahuhu and Huddleston is expected to lead the pace attack. Newton and green the two all-rounder could make up the rest line up.
Sri Lanka: Nipuni Hansika and Yasooda Mendis are set to open up the batting. Hasini Perera is the other opener in the line up. Attapatthu, Siriwardene and Weerakkody are set to make the middle order. Left arm pacer Udeshika Prabodhani will lead the pace attack.
Match Prediction: New Zealand team are the firm favorites to win this match against the easy opponent Sri Lanka.