New Zealand defeat Pakistan by 7 wickets in Women’s World Cup

Cricket : A maiden five-wicket haul by Rachel Candy helped New Zealand thrash Pakistan by seven wickets and ensure a place in the Super Six in the ICC Women’s World Cup league match here Sunday. The 26-year-old Candy (5/16) was the star for White Ferns as they shot out Pakistan for just 104 runs in little over 41 overs and then returned to overhaul the target, reaching 108 for 3 in 29.4 overs.

Chasing 104, New Zealand rode on skipper Suzie Bates’ unbeaten half-century. Bates’ scored 65 runs off 84 balls including 10 fours and stitched a 69-run partnership with Katie Perkins (25 not out) for the fourth wicket to take her side past the finishing line. This is Pakistan’s second loss in the tournament, following their 91-run loss to Australia. They were bundled out for just 84 chasing Australia’s 176 in that match.

Earlier, opting to bat first, Pakistan lost both their openers for just 18 runs. Captain Sana Mir quickly followed them to the pavilion after she was trapped in front of the wicket by Candy for just one. Pakistan batting could never take off as they lost wickets at regular intervals, courtesy some fine bowling performance by the New Zealand bowlers at the Barabati Stadium here.

Pakistan lost first six wickets for just 57 runs on the board in 23.5 overs before Asmavia Iqbal tried to build a partnership with Qanita Jalil (14). For Pakistan, only three batters could reach double digit scores with Asmavia Iqbal scoring 21 off 46 balls, the highest individual score, including five boundaries.

Nicola Browne (2-12) ably supported Candy to finish off the Pakistani tail while Kate Broadmore finished with impressive figures of one for 15 in her 10 overs. Pakistan skipper Sana Mir got two wickets for her side while medium-pacer Sumaiya Siddiqi got one wicket.

Brief scores:

In Mumbai

Group A

England beat India by 32 runs

England 272-8 in 50 overs (Charlotte Edwards 109, Arran Brindle 37 not out, Sarah Taylor 35, Lydia Greenway 29, Katherine Brunt 21; Jhulan Goswami 2-50, Nagarajan Niranjana 2-56)

India 240-9 in 50 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 107 not out, Karuna Jain 56; Katherine Brunt 4-29, Danielle Wyatt 2-52)

Group A

West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 209 runs

West Indies 368-8 in 50 overs (Stafanie Taylor 171, Deandra Dottin 50, Merissa Aguilleira 47 not out, Kyshona Knight 44, Kycia Knight 30; Shashikala Siriwardene 2-58, Sharina Ravikumar 2-69, Chamani Seneviratna 2-72)

Sri Lanka 159 all out in 40 overs (Deepika Rasangika 28, Prasadani Weerakkody 22; Shaquana Quintyne 3-32, Shanel Daley 2-35)

In Cuttack

Group B

Australia beat South Africa by three wickets

South Africa 188-9 in 50 overs (Marizanne Kapp 61, Trisha Chetty 59, Shandre Fritz 24 not out; Ellyse Perry 3-35, Megan Schutt 2-42)

Australia 190-7 in 45.4 overs (Rachael Haynes 83, Lisa Sthalekar 29, Jodie Fields 21, Erin Osborne 20 not out; Shabnim Ismail 4-41, Susan Benade 2-38)

Group B

New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets

Pakistan 104 all out in 41.2 overs (Asmavia Iqbal 21, Bismah Maroof 20; Rachel Candy 5-19, Nicola Browne 2-12)

New Zealand 108-3 in 29.4 overs (Suzie Bates 65 not out, Katie Perkins 25 not out; Sana Mir 2-26). agencies

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