The ICC Women’s World Cup has now reached the Super Six stage. South Africa and Sri Lanka have been eliminated, which leaves:
- Australia: The pre-tournament favourites lost to New Zealand in their opening match, but won their other two games to ensure qualification for this stage. Their performances so far haven’t been as convincing as might have been predicted, with their bowling in particular falling short of high expectations.
- England: May now be favourites, having waltzed through the group stage with three comfortable victories (by 100 runs, 9 wickets and 8 wickets respectively against Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan). Their batting in particular has been a class apart so far.
- India: So far, India have been the weakest of the four sides who made the semi-finals last time around, and a batting collapse against Sri Lanka suggests that they may struggle to progress to that stage again unless the side can settle.
- New Zealand: That win over Australia boosted confidence, but the top order has struggled. Their match against England will be regarded by many as a potentialdress-rehersal for the final.
- Pakistan: Weren’t expected by many to make it this far, but victory over Sri Lanka (their first in a decade) has seen them through. Will struggle from here on in.
- West Indies: The most likely challengers to the established four sides who made the semi-finals in 2005. Showed some fight against New Zealand, but need to beat India to progress, which will be difficult.