World Cup, NZ vs India preview: For Mithali Raj and Co, a test of mettle after recent series defeat

Both sides are hoping to win back-to-back matches, as India started the tournament against Pakistan with a win while Devine and Co have won one, lost one.

In the pre-match, post-match press conferences at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, we have seen a common theme. Captains, mostly, have been asked about a team’s particular record in the past – either from the recent times or a more historic one. Australia, about their record streak and Ashes win and the 2017 World Cup defeat that reset their course. South Africa, about their myriad series wins in the lead up to this event. New Zealand, about the historic 2000 triumph on home soil.

One thing that is undeniable is that, among all visiting countries, India are the most well-settled in New Zealand and used to conditions, having played the White Ferns in a five-match ODI series in Queenstown prior to the tournament starting.

New Zealand came away 4-1 winners but getting the match practice was just as important for India as they look to peak when it matters most against the home side.

Speaking ahead of the match, star pacer Jhulan Goswami said: “That was our plan - just before the World Cup - to acclimatise with these conditions and these wickets and come back and play fresh in this World Cup.”

“Tomorrow’s match is a totally different ball game. It’s a fresh game, and it’s a World Cup game and definitely we’re looking forward to make sure that we do well.”