A total of 31 matches await the Women’s Cricket World Cup, starting on Friday when the White Ferns took on the West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
The tournament lasts just over four weeks, culminating in semi-finals on March 30 and 31 and a grand final on April 3, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Seven teams traveled to New Zealand to join the hosts – favorites Australia, defending champions England, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies.
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Thing Sportswriter Andrew Voerman has picked out the five games between them that you need to see.
White ferns against India
Thursday March 10, 2 p.m.; Seddon Park, Hamilton
These two teams have already seen plenty of each other this year, with the White Ferns winning a five-game series at Queestown 4-1 in February. We’ve never seen them field their strongest XI in this fortnight, but that should be the case when they meet at the World Cup next week, in a match that could be crucial for either team’s hopes. in the semi-finals.
White Ferns v Australia
Sunday March 13, 11 a.m.; Basin Reserve, Wellington
The trans-Tasmanian sporting rivalry lives on, even in ODI women’s cricket, where Australia have won 66 of 81 encounters this century – a more dominant record than the All Blacks against the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup in the same period. Australia are heavy favorites to win the whole thing, but the White Ferns knocked them out in an unofficial pre-tournament warm-up match, which made this one even spicier.
Pakistan v Bangladesh
Monday March 14, 11 a.m.; Seddon Park, Hamilton
Barring one of the biggest surprises of all time, these two teams will not be present at the commercial end of the World Cup and will do well even to push the teams that are. This means that their meeting will effectively be their World Cup final. Pakistan have only won two of their 23 World Cup matches across four events, this being Bangladesh’s first appearance, but they won the last meeting between the two teams, so they will feel that history is within their reach.
Australia v South Africa
Tuesday March 22, 11 a.m.; Basin Reserve, Wellington
Australia and South Africa have been the top teams in women’s ODI cricket since the last World Cup, won by England, in 2017, but even then there is a gap between them. Australia have lost just twice in 33 outings, for a record 94% win, while the Proteas have won 28 out of 43, a record 65% win. What is curious is that they did not face each other, which makes this match, in week three, a must.
India v South Africa
Sunday March 27, 2 p.m.; Hagley Oval, Christchurch
If the cricketing gods are successful, it will all depend on this game, the last of 28 in the round-robin. The winner will advance to the semi-finals, the loser will fly home early. But even if the stakes aren’t quite so clear, it’s likely to be a clash with something that comes with it, even if it’s just seeding for the semi-finals, which start three days later.