England, New Zealand aim for a third-place finish;South Africa, Sri Lanka fight for the fifth position
A dejected England captain Charlotte Edwards blamed her side’s exit from the women’s cricket World Cup on inconsistent and slow starts in the first phase of the event, saying the defending champions came up with their best way too late.
“We came here to win this tournament and we haven’t and we are not even going into the final and that is disappointing for us as a group of players. We know where we went wrong,” Edwards said after England beat New Zealand by 15 runs in a dead rubber on Wednesday.
“We were very inconsistent in the first phase of the tournament and possibly now playing our best cricket which is too late, which is the most disappointing thing for us as a group of players,” she added at the post-match conference.
“We have paid for our sort of slow start in effect and now when we are hitting the straps, we are not looking any deeper than that. These players are world class players and it’s just one of those tournament cricket,” she asserted.
Defending champions England and last edition’s runners-up New Zealand were knocked out of the tournament after West Indies upstaged Australia to reach the final.
Having defeated New Zealand by 15 runs in their Super Six match yesterday, England would be keen to carry on the momentum into tomorrow game.
On the other hand, New Zealand, who missed out on the Cup in the last edition of the World Cup to England, will be desperate to exact revenge and finish third in this edition.
The Kiwis have largely depended on in-form captain Suzie Bates, who has been in menacing form to wield the willow and she is the top run-scorer in the tournament with 386 under her belt so far, to dominate the English bowling attack in the crucial game.
Sri Lanka will seek to extract revenge on South Africa when they lock horns in the fifth-place match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Barabati Stadium here.
South Africa trounced the islanders by 110 runs for their first win in the Super Six stage of the tournament. Both teams are out of the tournament and will be playing for pride.PTI