Twenty20 World Cup: White Ferns hopeful change in venue can bring change in luck

The White Ferns hope a change of venue will bring a change of luck, as they chase their first win at the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

New Zealand fell to heavy back-to-back defeats in the opening two games and now face an uphill battle to qualify for the semi-finals.

The White Ferns sit bottom of Group One, with two games remaining against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

After already losing to reigning champions Australia and hosts South Africa, they have certainly got their toughest fixtures out of the way, but anything other than a comprehensive win against Bangladesh on Saturday would see them knocked out of contention with a match remaining.

The NZ women will play their first and only game of the tournament at Cape Town, with the previous two and their last fixture at Paarl.

Suzie Bates is bowled against South Africa
Suzie Bates is bowled against South Africa. Photo credit: Getty Images

Fast bowler Lea Tahuhu hopes the change in scenery can spur on a change in fortune for the desperate White Ferns.

"That would be great, wouldn't it?" she said. "Change of venue, change of luck... we'll certainly take that on, thanks.

"We've had a look at the pitch there and we know it's going to be a different one from the ones the rest of the teams have played on that have been here.

"We're looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can get out of that wicket.

"We know that they have a really talented young quick who is up and coming, got some strong batters and, certainly, their spinners are a real threat.

"We obviously played them a couple of months ago and we had some success against them, so we'll be looking to put similar plans out there and hopefully be successful tomorrow."

If the White Ferns seek inspiration, they just need to call on their recent experience with Springboks rugby captain Siya Kolisi.

The South African skipper spoke to the New Zealand team after spotting friend and White Ferns bowling coach Morne Morkel.

"It was pretty incredible for him to stop by," said Tahuhu. "I think he actually saw Morne out in the field, he was just here, so it was just luck that we happened to be there.

"He's a pretty inspirational guy certainly, and a few of us have read his book and know a lot about him.

"Just to be able to rub shoulders with someone of his magnitude is pretty awesome."