[caption id="attachment_619033" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/suzie-bates.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-619033" alt="Rachel Priest (left) and Suzie Bates will be important players from the New Zealand camp (courtesy: Getty Images)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/suzie-bates.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Rachel Priest (left) and Suzie Bates will be important players from the New Zealand camp (courtesy: Getty Images)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Australia and England, the Ashes rivals, start favourites in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-womens-world-cup-2017" target="_blank">ICC Women's World Cup 2017</a>, but the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/suzie-bates" target="_blank">Suzie Bates</a>-led New Zealand side are right up there as well. New Zealand in fact are the only other side to have won a World Cup apart from the above two. New Zealand begin their journey against a Sri Lankan side that is keen to shed off the underdog tag. The match will be played at Bristol and will be available on Hotstar and also on Fox Sports. <p></p> <p></p>Viewers in New Zealand can watch streaming on fanpass.co.nz, while Sri Lankan fans follow their team either on Hotstar or channeleye.lk. CricketCountry will be running a live blog and produce reports for the same. Apart from the updates commentary, the blog will also provide you with updates from the social media space. <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand are overwhelming favourites and are ranked at No.3 while Inoka Ranweera s Sri Lanka is reeling at No.9. New Zealand have a 17:7 win-loss ratio in the 2016-17 season, and in contrast Sri Lanka won 6 and lost 9 during the same time frame. With 9 of Sri Lanka s 15 members having played the previous edition in 2013, experience to produce an upset is there in the Lankan camp. <p></p> <p></p>Also, Sri Lanka have left-handers at galore something that New Zealand aren t used to, something that the White Ferns coach Haiee Tiffen also admitted.