Women's Cricket World Cup power rankings: Australia, South Africa on top; chaos below


Women's Cricket World Cup power rankings: Australia, South Africa on top; chaos below

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Andrew Voerman is a Stuff cricket writer

OPINION: Two teams are clearly ahead of the rest at the Women’s Cricket World Cup.

But Australia and South Africa have got their in different ways – one with three comfortable wins, one with three thrillers.

They each have four wins from four matches all up and will meet on Tuesday in a potential preview of the final, but the race for the other two semifinal spots is well and truly alive.

1. Australia

Played four, won four; eight points

Australia were in cruise mode this week as they beat the White Ferns and the West Indies in the space of three days by healthy margins. On Saturday, they face India, the last team they lost to, back in September on home soil, while on Tuesday they face South Africa for the first time since the last World Cup in 2017. If they beat India first, the second match will be a clash of two unbeaten teams.

This week: beat White Ferns by 141 runs; beat West Indies by seven wickets

Next week: v India, Saturday; v South Africa, Tuesday

2. South Africa

Played four, won four; eight points

South Africa are yet to produce a comprehensive win, but they have four of them nonetheless – three of which came in the last seven days. First they held off Pakistan, then they sneaked home in run chases against England and the White Ferns to remain unbeaten heading into their first match against favourites Australia in five years. Regardless of what happens there, they’re on track for the semifinals, and it feels like they have more to give.

This week: beat Pakistan by six runs; beat England by three wickets, beat White Ferns by two wickets

Next week: v Australia, Tuesday; v West Indies, Thursday

3. West Indies

Played four, won two; four points

This week: lost to India by 155 runs, lost to Australia by seven wickets

 

The West Indies’ second week was a complete reversal from their first, as their narrow wins over the White Ferns and England were followed up with big losses to India and Australia. They remain at the head of the pack chasing what will likely be two semifinal spots, however, as they are yet to play Bangladesh and Pakistan. Those matches are their next ones, on Friday and Monday, and they’ll be desperate to avoid a slip-up.

This week: lost to India by 155 runs, lost to Australia by seven wickets

Next week: v Bangladesh, Friday; v Pakistan, Monday

4. India

Played four, won two; four points

The first of three teams that aren’t separated by a lot. India will need to beat at least one of Australia or South Africa, both currently unbeaten, to make the semifinals. But they have two shots at getting that win, while the White Ferns and England, who are next on this list, meet on Sunday, in a match that will effectively knock one of them out. Lose to Australia – who they did beat in September – and India will be nervous.

This week: beat West Indies by 155 runs, lost to England by four wickets

Next week: v Australia, Saturday; v Bangladesh, Tuesday

5. White Ferns

Played five, won two; four points

The White Ferns sit ahead of England by virtue of the fact that they’ve played Bangladesh and beaten Bangladesh, while their rivals haven’t. Otherwise, their records are identical – wins over India and losses to Australia, South Africa, and the West Indies. If the White Ferns can bounce back with a win on Sunday, they’ll fancy their chances of making the semifinals. If they lose, the last week of the World Cup could be a long one.

This week: lost to Australia by 141 runs; lost to South Africa by two wickets

 

Next week: v England, Sunday

6. England

Played four, won one; two points

England had their backs against the wall after South Africa got over the line against them on Monday night at Bay Oval, but tore through India two days later at the same venue to get their first win and keep their campaign alive. The defending champions now face a White Ferns side coming off two losses on Sunday in a match that will finish with just one of them left standing.

This week: lost to South Africa by three wickets, beat India by four wickets

Next week: v White Ferns, Sunday; v Pakistan Thursday

7. Bangladesh

Played three, won one; two points

Bangladesh had to wait a week for their third match and will have waited four days for their fourth. They’ll be well-rested as they finish the round-robin with four matches in nine days and look to build on their historic win over Pakistan on Monday. They were superb in defending their total of 234-7 and putting their opponents under pressure. Can they now go on and pick up a bigger scalp? The West Indies, their opponents on Friday, are coming off two losses.

This week: beat Pakistan by nine runs

Next week: v West Indies, Friday; v India, Tuesday

8. Pakistan

Played four, won none

 

Pakistan went close to pulling off the result of the tournament against South Africa last Friday, but ultimately fell short by half-a-dozen runs. Three days later, it was déjà vu, as they went down to Bangladesh by just nine runs, despite a maiden century from Sidra Amin. Their next match, against the West Indies on Monday, looms as a chance for them to potentially get on the board and derail their rivals’ semifinal push.

This week: lost to South Africa by six runs; lost to Bangladesh by nine runs

Next week: v West Indies, Monday; v England, Thursday

 

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