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Super 6 war starts today

Calcutta: After an exciting group phase that had its fair share of upsets, the Super Six stage of the Women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday with New Zealand taking on giant killers Sri Lanka at the Bandra Kurla Complex and West Indies facing South Africa in Cuttack. Meanwhile, Australia will play their old foe, England, in a high-voltage encounter at the Cricket Club of India.

Australia are in the most advantageous position as they are the only team to have entered the Super Sixes with four points, having beaten both South Africa and New Zealand — the other two teams to qualify from Group B. New Zealand, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka have two points while South Africa carry no points into this round of the tournament.

Australia’s opponents and defending champions England meanwhile have not had it easy in qualifying for the Super Six stage. After being stunned by Sri Lanka in its opening game, Charlotte Edwards’ team have had to pull out all stops.

In the other game in Mumbai, New Zealand take on Sri Lanka, at the BKC Ground. New Zealand is the fancied side in the contest but the early morning start could be a potential banana skin should Sri Lanka bowl first in what have been helpful conditions.

Meanwhile, World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga praised the Sri Lankan women, stating that they have set a great example for their male counterparts. “The women’s team are an example for the men and their commitment is a lesson to some senior players in the men’s team,” Ranatunga said.

In Cuttack, West Indies take on South Africa, in what is being as a battle between equals.