England bowler Katherine Brunt insists all the pressure is on New Zealand ahead of what is a must-play game for both teams at Eden Park at the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Heather Knight’s defending champions lost their first three matches before beating India and know they must also win their remaining three matches and hope for more results to qualify them for the semi-finals.

After losing a final thriller by two wickets to South Africa on Thursday, the White Ferns need to win their final two games to qualify, with both teams aware that defeat ends their chances of going further in tournament.

“I would say it would definitely add tension, especially as it was at Eden Park,” explained dressmaker Brunt, who took just one wicket in New Zealand.

“And I have no doubt that there will be a very good outpouring of people for this game to support their country 100 per cent, which will add to the pressure on them.”

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Match Facts

  • Game 18 of this year’s tournament will be the 6 p.m. tie between New Zealand and England at the ICC Women’s World Cups. England led the head-to-head battle, winning 11 of those encounters to New Zealand’s six. New Zealand did not win against England in this competition after the 2005 edition.
  • These two nations have played in 61 ODIs outside the World Cups. The competition so far has been even, with both teams winning 30 games each (1 NR). They last faced each other in a two-sided England series in September 2021, England won the series 4-1.
  • New Zealand led this critical game with two wins and three losses. They are currently in fifth position and a victory here would propel them into third place. Meanwhile, England will be looking to pick up where they left off against India. Their victory in the previous round came after 6 straight defeats in ODI.

With England’s fate out of their hands, veteran operator Brunt admits she’s temporarily become a fan of other teams to try and ensure her team sneaks into the last four, and that hasn’t helped. not always been an easy watch with a handful of close encounters. .

She added: “We are in a position where we rely on people’s results. So some become fans of other teams.

“It may not be what you want, but it’s just the reality. It was great to watch all the other nations and be part of games like that and put on some exciting cricket matches.

Brunt is confident England have no problem getting results, even if they have to play lousy cricket to salvage their World Cup hopes.

She explained, “I mean, we had 10 weeks with our backs to the wall. We fought a lot in Australia. We gave our all in the Ashes.

“We went from there probably not being in the best headspace. But we are certainly learning to fight, to adapt quickly and to move on from disappointments quite quickly.

“You can’t be fit all the time, but what you can do is always fight and keep showing up and that’s what we’re doing.

“It might not be pretty sometimes, but that’s how we have to do it and how we spend every game. Hopefully things will improve. »

New Zealand’s all-rounder Amelia Kerr caught the eye by taking eight wickets with her leg spin but also did well with the bat, picking up 153 runs from No. 3 averaging 38.25.

And rather than buckle under the pressure, Kerr insists his side will rise to the challenge against their old English rivals in a game neither can afford to lose.

She said: “It’s exciting when the sport is on the line, when there’s a bit of pressure and it’s a game to be won.

“It’s one of those for us and we’ve been on the losing end of two close games that could have taken us another day.

“So we know we’re a good team and we know we have things to improve on and the games to win are exciting and it’s a good opportunity to step up.”

With contributions from ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2020, Sportradar and ESPNCricinfo Statsguru. All stats quoted for Women’s One Day Internationals unless otherwise noted.

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