Alyssa Healy endured a wretched run of form prior to the tournament. But, come the World Cup, she has found her mojo and has cast herself as the Southern Stars' most vital batting cog.
Meg Lanning has had a relatively quiet tournament by her standards, although she popped up with a vital innings against Sri Lanka. Thus, with a familiar foe lying in wait, the Australian skipper would hope to announce herself at this year's competition.
New Zealand might rely heavily on the all-round abilities of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates, with the pair expected to play a crucial run in whatever the White Ferns achieve on Monday.
Lea Tahuhu could be New Zealand's trump card at the Junction Oval, considering her tendency to rise to the big occasion and dent the opposition batting line-up at the outset.
Last 5 Head To Head
Venue Details and Pitch Report
02 Mar, 09:30 AM IST
CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
Langton Rusere, Lauren Agenbag
The Junction Oval has been a tad sluggish over the past few days and one can expect those traits to come to the fore on Monday too.
A 25% chance of rain exists for Monday and that could lead to a shortened encounter, although it looks a tad unlikely.
In the first game of the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup, Australia succumbed to India's spin wizardry, meaning that they surrendered the initiative to finish atop Group A. The Eves In Blue continued racking up wins and sealed their place at the perch of the group, thereby consigning the hosts to a scrap to ensure qualification. However, rather intriguingly, a similar narrative has engulfed their Tasman neighbours, with New Zealand also requiring a victory to clinch a berth in the last four.
Thus, the match on Monday promises to be a humdinger, wherein nothing but a victory would suffice for both sides. And, usually, when such stakes are in place, cricketing contests very rarely fail to sparkle.