Bookmakers’ favourite New Zealand beat Pakistan by 223 runs in the final Super Six match to set up the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2009 final with England on Sunday. England were the first to book the spot after beating West Indies in their first penultimate round match.
This is England’s first World Cup final after 1993.
“We’re now closer to our goal than we have ever been. We’ve still only done half a job though and we need to keep focused to finish it off on Sunday,” English captain Charlotte Edwards – who is playing in her fourth World Cup said. “I’m delighted for all the players – it has been years of hard work and I hope it will be memorable!”
England were unbeaten till their last match against Australia which became just a formality as they had already booked a place for themselves in the match that matter the most.
Meanwhile, New Zealand also caught up with them after beating India in their penultimate match. The last match against Pakistan was a spectacular sight of runs as opener Suzie Bates and captain Haidee Tiffen scored their respective centuries in a record stand for the second wicket. Their score of 373 runs was the sixth highest overall. Pakistan, who have only managed two wins the whole series, scored a paltry 150 runs.
England have already beaten New Zealand in the Super Six stage and should not have any problems handling their explosive batting line-up. They’ve won the World Cup two times before, 1973 and 1993. On the other hand, NZ have won the cup only once in 2000.
“We’re definitely excited to have got this far but it’s not over yet. Credit must go to everyone who has put all the hard work in. There is still so much more to do though. We’ve made the final but not won it. We still need a big performance on Sunday which no doubt we can produce” England Women’s head coach Mark Lane agreed.
The final will be played at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, 22nd March.
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