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Out of the 71 head-to-head contests amongst the two sides, Australia command a 47-20 guide over England © AFP&#13

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The two teams with the most World Cup titles and tournament favourites in this edition – defending champions Australia and hosts England – will face off in Bristol as the race for a position in the semi-finals nears a limited complete.

Australia have a probability to protected a semi-closing berth with a gain, whilst a victory could set England on prime of the factors desk, with 8 factors from five game titles and more healthy net run charge than the other teams.

If figures are anything at all to go by, Australia, 6-time planet champions, have a distinct edge over the hosts. Out of the 71 matches amongst the two, Australia guide England 47-20, having received 11 out of 16 matches in the World Cup. The previous time they achieved in a World Cup, Australia upstaged England by two runs in a minimal-scoring thriller in Mumbai after seamer Anya Shrubsole’s 3 for 24 had restricted Australia to 147.

The two teams, on the other hand, have not performed in the format from each individual other because the 2015 Ashes. Back then Australia captain Meg Lanning scored 85 and strung an 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ellyse Perry to hand the hosts an 89-run drubbing in Worcester.

The figures could change a shade brighter for England on Sunday if Lanning opts to sit out her second successive match. She was rested in Australia’s former game from Pakistan to stay clear of aggravating her serious shoulder damage. Australia coach Matthew Mott was “quite hopeful” of Lanning’s return for Sunday’s match, even as he praised center-get batsmen Elyse Villani and Alyssa Healy for using on the onus with fifties in the side’s 159-run gain over Pakistan.

The Bristol pitch, in the former match, had made a 678-run slugfest amongst England and South Africa. A new surface area will, on the other hand, be utilized for Sunday’s game, which could most most likely aid the contest ending up as a battle of two unwavering batting line-ups with 6 centuries amongst them in this edition. Irrespective of the batting-pleasant character of the track, the spinners of both equally teams could pose a challenge, having been the most well-liked method of attack, with 37 wickets amongst them.

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Stafanie Taylor’s unbeaten 171 had consigned Sri Lanka to a 209-run defeat throughout the former World Cup encounter amongst the two sides © Getty Pictures/ICC&#13

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Sri Lanka and West Indies, on the other hand, will be pursuing their very first wins in this edition, in Derby.

Obtaining missing all five heat-up fixtures, adopted by 4 consecutive defeats in the league phase, West Indies are languishing at the bottom of the desk. They batted very first in all 4 matches so considerably and their narrowest margin of defeat was by 7 wickets from India.

Immediately after folding for 48 from South Africa, they crawled to 150 from New Zealand, and had been smashed by Rachel Priest, who scored the swiftest Women’s World Cup fifty. New Zealand went on to beat West Indies with 190 balls to spare.

Sri Lanka will appear to develop on their performance from India, where by they nearly pulled off a gain. Medium-pacer Sripali Weerakkody, who held India’s batsmen in check with 3 for 28, explained the remaining matches had been a fantastic system for the seniors to go on know-how. “We have so lots of juniors in the team, so we can give a probability to them and do something fantastic for the future,” she explained.

The two teams are matched evenly in head-to-head figures, each individual having received 14 out of 28 ODIs.

Former West Indies captain Merissa Augilleira admitted the side has been considerably from showcasing the may possibly that took them to the closing of the 2013 World Cup. “We know our prospective, we know what this team has and what we can do but apparently it is not clicking for us,” she explained.

When little may well have long gone West Indies’ way so considerably, a appear back on their former World Cup encounter from Sri Lanka in 2013 could serve them a much-needed encouraging stimulus in advance of what is poised to be a knockout game. Led by Stafanie Taylor’s unbeaten 171 and a 22-ball 50 from Deandra Dottin, West Indies had piled up 368 ahead of consigning Sri Lanka to a 209-run defeat.

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Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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