Before some time in the buildup to the World Cup, nearly 12-18 months before, New Zealand were exceptional. They were performing brilliantly as a unit and defeating top sides. But somehow, they find themselves virtually knocked out of the World Cup. They are the first top team in the World Cup whose chances of qualifying have diminished completely. Amy Satterthwaite, one of the most senior players of the NZ squad, stood in the playing eleven as a replacement of injured Sophie Devine. She admits that their team’s batting has let them down completely. It were the bowlers who were keeping the hopes alive but there was little they could do.
The hosts had a bilateral series before this World Cup against the runner-ups of 2017 World Cup – India. And they were pretty impressive. They scored over 250 each time in the ODI series, also managing to compile 191 in a match that was reduced to 20-overs contest. But in the big tournament, where it matters the most, they have disappointed themselves and the country.
In the opening match, they failed to score 6 runs in the final over. In the matches after that, they couldn’t play the full 50 overs quota against Australia, South Africa and England. They are all but knocked out right now; in the rest of the matches if they emerge victorious, they would be consolation wins.
Our batting lacked that ‘killer instinct’ – Satterthwaite
“The frustrating part is, I felt like we turned a corner against India in the series before the tournament as a group and we started to put some consistent totals on the board, around 260-270 and everyone was playing their roles superbly,” Satterthwaite said after the loss to England on Sunday. “And obviously some things did not go our way. Today we felt like Sophie’s injury [hampered them], we lost Lauren Down coming into this tournament, but I still backed the people that were in this line-up to produce bigger scores than what we have been.
If I compare from the India series to this campaign, it’s the partnerships. Against India we talked a lot about producing big partnerships: 100-run and match-winning partnerships, and if we look back across our World Cup games, I don’t know the numbers on top of my head, but there can’t be too many 80-90-100-plus partnerships. We probably got started and didn’t really have that kind of killer instinct, and like I said, take it to those big partnerships that would have put us in a really strong position to allow our middle to lower order to really launch.”