Cuttack: With a Super Six berth at stake, the struggling Pakistan Women's team and South Africa Women's team will clash in a do-or-die Group B women cricket World Cup match, here on Tuesday. With two defeats each, both Pakistan Women and South Africa Women are facing early exit from the tournament.
Since it will be their last group stage match, the loser will be sent crashing from the event while the winner will move to the next stage. Pakistan Women has more to worry than the Proteas as neither their batting nor bowling has clicked. They managed meagre scores of 84 and 104 in the encounters against Australia and New Zealand respectively and the bowlers too failed to make an impression.
South Africa Women though had been at least competitive against Australia Women although they were out-batted by the Kiwis in their opening match. Bismah Maroof is the only batswoman in the Pakistan Women team to have offered some resistance to the rival bowlers. Captain Sana Mir's failure in the top-order has hit them badly and they need their skipper to lead from the front.
Either the top-order or the middle-order players have batted for South Africa Women. Trisha Chetty and Marizanna Cap delivered against Australia Women while Susan Benade, Cri-zelda Brits and skipper Mugnin du Preez batted well for South Africa Women against the Kiwis. It will be difficult for Pakistan bowlers to stop the in-form Proteas, who undoubtedly will start favourites.