SYDNEY: The battle to win a place in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 continues when six teams go head-to-head in the Super Six stage to be played in Sydney from March 14 to 19.
The three sides in each group from the group stage, which concluded yesterday, play the teams which have qualified from the other group. As such, 2000 winner New Zealand, defending champion Australia and the West Indies from Group A will play two-time former champion England, India, runner-up at the Women’s World Cup in 2005, and qualifier Pakistan from Group B with the top two teams progressing through to the 22 March final.
England and New Zealand will take forward four carry-over points while Australia and India will go into the Super Six stage with two carry-over points. The West Indies and Pakistan, after having lost to the teams in their respective groups who progressed to the second stage of the competition, will start with zero points.
On the first day of the super Six stage, New Zealand will take on England at Bankstown while Australia will face India at North Sydney Oval and Pakistan will meet the West Indies at Drummoyne.
The Super Six stage is also important for the fact that the top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2013 event to be staged in India while the fifth and sixth-placed teams will earn direct spots in the 10-team ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 where they will be joined by eight other sides – two each from Asia, Africa and Europe, and one each from Americas and East Asia-Pacific regions – who will qualify from their own regional qualifying tournaments.
England and New Zealand are the teams on a roll after putting up commanding performances in the group stage. England defeated Sri Lanka by 100 runs, India by nine wickets and Pakistan by eight wickets while New Zealand upset Australia by 13 runs (D/L method) in its opener, the West Indies by 56 runs and South Africa by 199 runs.
However, one of the two teams is set to lose its unbeaten record when they meet in the Super Six opener at Bankstown on Saturday in what promises to be a cracking match. For England, it will be one step forward in its attempt to eclipse Australia’s record of 17 straight ODI wins. England currently sits on consecutive 15 wins and if it wins its matches against New Zealand and the West Indies, it will face Australia on Thursday.
At Drummoyne, Pakistan will take on the West Indies for only the ninth time in its history, with the West Indies holding a 6-2 advantage in matches played to date.