Yet both teams will need to bounce back from defeats in the penultimate round of pool matches, where New Zealand lost by 75 runs to England and India were beaten by eight wickets by Australia. After starting the tournament on a promising note with four wins on the trot, India slumped to their second straight loss on Wednesday.
Mithali Raj has been playing steadily, seemingly continuing on from her unruffled half-century against Australia a few days ago. It is a do-or-die situation for both the teams, the victor of which will join England, South Africa and defending champions Australia in the semifinals. It's a do or die situation for the Eves as they go up against White Ferns.
The 34-year-old improved her average to 51.5 in her 183rd ODI as she shared a second-wicket stand of 157 with opener Punam Raut (106) - India posting a score of 226-7 at Bristol.
Only Mithali has been consistent with the bat for India in this tournament. In the game against South Africa, they allowed at least 10 runs on the field through misfields while against Australia, there were some very basic mistakes.
Hanging on to fourth spot on the points table, a loss will shatter India's semifinal hopes.
New Zealand have achieved a lot, 2 of their players completed 100 ODIs in this tournament. Kiwis won the toss and they have invited India to bat first in a must win the encounter.