Twenty20 World Cup: White Ferns facing nervous wait as semi-final chances rely on Bangladesh

The White Ferns face a nervous wait and need a huge favour from Bangladesh, if they're to stay on at the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Opening the tournament with two huge losses to Australia and South Africa, the NZ women have responded in style in their last two matches.

A 71-run victory over Bangladesh and a 102-run win against Sri Lanka have elevated them to second place in their group, now just one result away from sneaking into the semi-finals.

That result must be a Bangladesh win over South Africa on Wednesday (NZ time). The hosts boast a superior net run rate, so a South African win of any shape would be curtains for the Kiwis on countback.

South Africa's first-up loss to Sri Lanka holds some hope of another upset, with Bangladesh out to avoid ending their tournament winless.

Allrounder Amelia Kerr was player of the match against Sri Lanka, with 66 runs and 2/7 with the ball, but she knows her team can only watch on as their future is determined for them.

"Whether we're watching or not, it's now about enjoying our time together as a team and celebrating these last few wins," said Kerr. "It's completely out of our control now.

"We can't do anything now, we can only wait. I guess we'll know a bit more after those games."

Kerr also hails the White Ferns response to those two chastening defeats first up. The team were bowled out for 76 against Australia and 67 against South Africa in two of the worst batting displays by the NZ women's side.

Rather than fade away, they bounced back with huge wins over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, whom they bowled out for only 60.

"In tournament play, after those first two games, you can get down, but it's important to learn and move on, because there's games just around the corner," Kerr continued. 

Amelia Kerr against Sri Lanka.
Amelia Kerr against Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Getty Images

"It shows a lot of character from this group to be able to do that. It was about backing our skills and having that belief, and making subtle changes in the nets.

"It's pleasing that we've been able to do that."

Should the White Ferns qualify as the second-placed side in group one, they would face the winners of group two, most likely so-far unbeaten England.