March 17, 2009

Women's World Cup, 2009

Another step towards the World Cup final

Haidee Tiffen

I have to say I am really proud of the way New Zealand bounced back from the defeat against England to beat India today. We are getting closer to the World Cup final but that doesn’t mean we can take Pakistan – our next Super Six opponents - lightly.

And we still have to improve in some of the areas, especially fielding. We need to take the opportunities we get: today we missed some run-outs and dropped a few catches and that can hurt us in the long run. Overall we have to be more consistent.

We gave away 21 wides today but you know it’s not like the bowlers mean to bowl them. As a captain, I try and encourage my players, give the bowlers time to settle down and have a chat with them if required. After the game today we had a de-briefing where the bowlers acknowledged that they needed to work on their lines better.

The Indian lower order, led by Reema Malhotra, batted really well and I don’t think we could have done anything to stop them. India have been successful in scoring that way – they have started out slow and taken advantage of the Powerplays to get the runs. They have relied on scoring in the death overs and that’s what they did today as well.

I am also happy that our top order is taking the responsibility of batting through the innings. Suzie [Bates] did that for us today. Learning from our failed run-chase against England, we drew up a gameplan where we wanted Kate Pulford to go out and play her attacking shots while I consolidated. Then Suzie would come in and take charge. She did just that today; it was a very mature innings from her and I can tell you she’s stoked about it.

The pitch was very good and we know the Indian spinners can tie us down so we wanted to get going before they came on.

While our net run-rate is lower than India’s and Australia’s, I think we just need to concentrate on winning against Pakistan to reach the final. It’s not too far away now!


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Posted by sri on (March 19, 2009, 6:11 GMT)

370 odd from NZ W is excellent

Posted by Jill Saulbrey on (March 17, 2009, 21:01 GMT)

Wonderful game yesterday, New Zealand. Keep it up. Would just like to see tighter lines from the bowlers and you will be looking the goods.

Posted by swamyarmy on (March 17, 2009, 12:51 GMT)

hi gud win we was there but we lost the match coz our feelding was not up to the mark an we hope India can beat wi like gud run rate so we hv a chance

Posted by Arundeep singh on (March 17, 2009, 11:21 GMT)

India bowled well today but the credit goes to good fielding by new zealanders. India lost as they were totally lazy in the field. I think the catch dropped in final overs lead to be the reason for their victory. No doubt the team which played well deserved victory and they just it.

Posted by Senthil on (March 17, 2009, 9:50 GMT)

You will do it.. Your team has got bright chance.. Follow Dhoni's Mantra: Every game is new game. Have to start from the scratch.

You have just two more game to do it. Don't forget reply to me once you get this world cup..

Senthil from India....

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