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All eyes on WI

Calcutta/Mumbai: Defending champions England and runners-up New Zealand will lock horns in their do-or-die match of the Super Six stage for a place in the finals of the Women’s World Cup, here, on Wednesday.

However, the match could prove to be inconsequential if the second-placed West Indies stun table-toppers Australia in their day game on Wednesday.

England will try to be in the hunt and keep the ambition of their title defence alive, while New Zealand would be kicking themselves for missing out against West Indies and throwing the last spot open.

“So now we have really opened this Super Six stage up, which has given England another sniff and West Indies are now in the hunt.

It is going to come down to the last game and it is going to about some big matches,” Suzie Bates said on Monday.

“I guess that is what World Cups are about and unfortunately today's loss (against West Indies) has put us on the back foot. But wWe will get up. England we beat them in a warm-up match, (so) we will go in that match confidently.”

The lethal combination of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, the leading wicket takers in the tournament so far, will be England’s strength as the duo has 24 wickets scalp to their name.