Women’s World Cup, IND W vs NZ W: Amy Sattherwaite’s blistering 75, Amelia Kerr’s all-round display (50, 3-56), and Lea Tahuhu’s miserly spell of 10-2-17-3 guided New Zealand to a stunning 62 runs win over India. With this comfortable win hosts registered their second consecutive win of the Women’s World Cup 2022 today at Hamilton. The ‘Women in Blue’ tried their best but couldn’t turn their fortune as New Zealand replicated the performance from their previous ODI series win against India.
Pooja Vastrakar’s career-best 4-34 which was crucial in restricting New Zealand to 260 runs with nine wickets down along with Kaur’s late fireworks in a 63-ball 71, all went in vain as India tumbled down to a 62 runs defeat at the hands of New Zealand. Sattherwaite’s 75 along with Amelia’s blistering 50 guided hosts to a good start after being sent in to bat first. Despite, Suzie Bates early dismissal from Vastrakar, the pair of Devine & Amelia helepd New Zealand to score fifty runs in the powerplay. However soon Vastrakar struck again to get the crucial wicket of hosts captain Sophie Devine & ended her fluent knock of 35 runs. Amelia then stitched a 67 run stand with Satterthwaite, en-routing 63 balls half-century before Gayakwad trapped her for LBW in the same over.
Amelia Kerr’s dismissal didn’t affect Sattherwaite on the other end who took the charge from there on & kept New Zealand’s scoreboard ticking. Maddy green hit three boundaries in successive overs to help hosts past 150 runs mark in 28th over & thereby brought up his half-century in 60 balls. Deepti Sharma was then introduced in the attack who broke their blooming partnership to keep the batters in control.
Sattherwaite adopted an aggressive approach in the death overs by smashing a hat-trick of boundaries off Deepti Sharma’s deliveries but Pooja Vastrakar returned from her final spell to turn the table on the hosts. She first dismissed Amy Sattherwaite on 75 & an over later sent back Tahuhu and Jess off successive deliveries to eventually finish with 10-0-34-4. Meanwhile, Katey Martin who chipped in with quick 41 runs was Jhulan Goswami’s record-equalling 39th World Cup wicket. New Zealand lost their final five wickets for an addition of just 38 runs in the final eight overs as India was successful in retsricted white ferns at 260/9.
India Women couldn’t get off to an ideal start in their chase of 260 runs with the top-order struggling to rotate the strike. Pacers Tahuhu and Jess Kerr cause early trouble with their tight line & successfully reduced India to 26/2 after their powerplay overs. The pressure was mounting on the Indian batters as Mithali Raj & Yashtika Bhatia who were introduced in place of opener Shafali Verma struggled to deal with New Zealand’s sharp bowling attack. In a chase of 261, India had 50 after the first 20 overs and crawled their way up to 100 only by the end of the 30 over. But soon Amelia removed Raj after she scored a laborious 56 ball 31 runs knock and Richa Ghosh bamboozled the first ball with a wrong’un.
With no acceleration of innings, India’s asking rate mounted into double digits while the strike rates experienced a steep fall. However, Harmanpreet Kaur’s 54 ball half-century helped India to launch a brief counter-attack. However, with 110 required in the final eight overs with three wickets in hand, the victory was far beyond India’s reach. Harmanpreet ensured some entertainment – smoking two sixes and as many fours of a massive 20-run over from Jess. However, Harmanpreet’s late fireworks lasted for only that over as Amelia struck to dismiss Harmanpreet to pick the third wicket of the night. Goswami & Meghana Singh on the crease tried to delay their humiliating defeat with their brief cameos but still, India fell short of 62 runs to suffer a significant blow to their NRR going forward.
IND W vs NZ W, Brief scores:
New Zealand 260/9 in 50 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 75, Amelia Kerr 50; Pooja Vastrakar 4-34) beat India 198 in 46.4 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 71; Lea Tahuhu 3-17, Amelia Kerr 3-56) by 62 runs
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