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GR-B: Pak-SA in do-or-die battle for final Super six spot

Posted on Feb 05, 03:44PM | UNI

Cuttack, Feb 4 : Vying for the final Super Six spot from Group B, Paksitan and South Africa would be locked in a do-or-die situation in their last league encounter of the Women World Cup at Barabati stadium here tomorrow.

The other two teams from the group--Australia and New Zealand--have already made it to the next stage and will take on each other in a dead-rubber at Driems Ground here on the same day.

Pakistan's journey in the quadrennial event had been marked by controversies off the field and below par performance on the pitch.

Pakistan's participation in the tournament slumped into uncertainity due to protest in Mumbai, their original venue, folllowing tension along the Line of Control(LoC) and after much deliberation their matches were shifted to Cuttack.

The green brigade started their campaign on bright note winning the first warm up tie, but lost the way since then and are yet taste a win.

They went down in second practice game against a state team, Odisha XI, and followed it up with two successive defeats in the main tournament.

After putting up a spirited bowling performance in the first match against Australia, they were exposed to a pathatic batting performance and were bowled out for 75, while chasing 175.

The batswomen once again led the team dowm in the game against New Zealand as taking the first strike they were folded at 108 and lost the match by seven wickets.

The team would be looking up to batting mainstay and skipper Sana Mir to reverse their fortune and take side through to the next stage.

While Pakistan are plagued by batting woes, their immediate opponents have failed in both the departments.

The Proteas bowling came a cropper in the opening game against Kiwis where they generously leaked and allowed the Black Caps to score 321 and folded at 170 while chasing.

While in the game against Australia after being dismissed at 188, they tried to make a match of it, courtsey some fine bowling but at the end lost the match by three wickets.

Putting the past failures behind, both the teams will have to come up with superlative performance tomorrow or World Cup 2013 would be a history for them.