Women's World T20: Despite Sri Lanka win, New Zealand women not taking underdogs Ireland lightly

hidden, Mar, 17 2016
Women's World T20: Despite Sri Lanka win, New Zealand women not taking underdogs Ireland lightly

Mohali: Having notched a convincing win in their opening tie against Sri Lanka, the New Zealand look all geared up to take on "underdogs" Ireland in the ICC Women's World T20 match to be played in Mohali on Friday.

The Kiwis defeated the islanders with a stunning all-round performance.

In a pre-match press conference in Mohali on Thursday, the Kiwi women's team skipper Suzie Bates said a win against the islander was a good one, but it will be a fresh start tomorrow.

New Zealand Women's Cricket Team. Getty Images

The top order player said they have some quality pace bowlers, who can exploit the conditions to their advantage.

With Indian tracks known to support spinners, she said, "we have pretty good lineup, we have five spinners in the squad".

Asked about the Kiwi men's team having a blazing start to the tournament defeating favourites India, she said her country's men's and women teams take inspiration from each other.

"Certainly we are inspired by each others' performance.

We won against Sri Lanka the other night and they won against India, so it is nice," she said.

"We have our communication with our counterparts and vice versa," the skipper said to another related question.

Touching upon tomorrow's game, she said though they started off well, but it will be a fresh start.

About live telecast of women's matches, she said the fans are valuing what the women's game brings.

"People are interested in watching our games and we are very encouraged..." she said.

The skipper also said that its great to be playing in a country where cricket is very popular.


Published Date: Mar 17, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 17, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115