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A semi-final spot is on the line when Australia take on New Zealand in a blockbuster trans-Tasman clash at Junction Oval on Monday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 3pm (AEDT).
Australia recovered from their loss to India by recording back-to-back wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the latter an absolute smashing.
Alyssa Healy (83 runs) and Beth Mooney (81 not out) scored the highest opening partnership by an Australian pair, as Australia set Bangladesh a huge task of 189 runs.
Early wickets put the pressure on the Bangladesh chase. Megan Schutt struck against the openers, while Jess Jonassen helped clean up the tail for an 86-run victory.
New Zealand – who beat Sri Lanka and then lost to India – survived quite a scare on Saturday against Bangladesh.
Bowled out for just 91 runs, including Rachel Priest’s high score of 25, the Kiwi bowling attack had their work cut out for them.
Hayley Jensen took three wickets, as did Leigh Kasperek, while leg-spinner Amelia Kerr continued her economic work taking 1-10 from four overs. New Zealand bowled Bangladesh out to win by 17 runs and set up Monday’s eliminator.
New Zealand are becoming very familiar with Junction Oval this tournament, playing their last two games there. Meanwhile the host nation has toured the country, and now return to the ground where they won the CommBank International Tri-Series last month.
A capacity crowd is expected and should – weather permitting – enjoy a great spectacle between the trans-Tasman rivals.
With one semi-final spot sealed by India, the other is up for grabs on Monday. The winner will progress into the knock-out stage of the tournament, while the loser’s T20 World Cup will disappointingly end on Monday.
Both teams have had their wobbles this campaign, losing to India and battling for nail-biting wins over lower-ranked opponents Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Australia are the clear betting favourites going into Monday’s match, however, with the pressure on and the game a must-win, can Australia come up with the goods?
Australia to win.
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Venue: Junction Oval, Melbourne
First ball: 3:00pm (AEDT)
TV: 9Gem, Fox Cricket
Online: 9Now, Foxtel, Kayo Sports
Odds: Australia $1.23, New Zealand $4.05
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham
New Zealand squad
Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Lea Tahuhu