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Suzie Bates completes her 100th ODI © Getty Images
Suzie Bates completes her 100 ODIs © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of match No. 6 between New Zealand and South Africa of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. I, Shruti Hariharan and Aditya Sahay will provide live updates and intriguing posts from the social media. The tournament has been so good so far. India, the ever-improving team, beat England, the favourites. South Africa, the dark horses, beat Pakistan, the unpredictable. New Zealand too had a walkover against Sri Lanka with much ease. In all, the matches so far have been interesting. This time around, New Zealand as well as South Africa would want to make it 2 off 2. 

Suzie Bates, who already started the series on a flying note with her second World Cup century, has further reasons to celebrate. Suzie, who began her cricketing career at the age of 18 against India at Lincoln, will become the 8th New Zealand cricketer to complete 100 ODIs. Along with her, Amy Satterthwaite also started off the tournament on bright note with a fifty. However, the youngster Amelia Kerr is slowly building her name and making the opportunity count. She was the one who broke the growing partnership between Chamari Atapattu and Chamari Polgampola in the first match of the tournament. Along with her, Holly Huddleston grabbed the eyeball with her maiden World Cup 5-for. With a strong team in place, the White Ferns will hope to continue the momentum against stiff competitors like South Africa.

The Protea women, on the other hand, had shaky start to the year. They ended up as runners-up against India on two occasions – in the final of World Cup Qualifiers and final of the quadrangular series at home. However, South Africa would want to avoid another last-minute thriller as seen against Pakistan. Their power-packed openers like Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt along with all-rounder Shabnim Ismil as well Ayabonga Khaka and Moseline Daniels will look to maintain their consistency against the big three teams – New Zealand, England and West Indies this week.

Squads: 

New Zealand Women: Suzie Bates (c), Rachel Priest (wk), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddie Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu

South Africa Women: Dane van Niekerk (c), Trisha Chetty (wk), Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolfvaardt.