Women World Cup 2017 fever is on. The teams are ongoing clashes as warm up matches. In the recent tussle between India Women and New Zealand Women, the later nicked a 7-wicket victory with 141 balls still to deliver. It was a big win for New Zealand, as the target set by India was rather small. India took on the pitch first winning the toss. But Mithali Raj’s team could not utilize the ground for better. India posed only 130 batting for 45.1 overs until the line-up exhausted itself. The top score was from Punam Raut who had 33 of 65 balls. She along with skipper Raj and Mona Meshram, are the only players to score double digit runs in the inning.
The rout started in the 10th over, after an awkwardly sluggish inning. India’s opening pair only scored 19 runs in 9 overs. Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana were down a space of 9 balls. There was a short stretch of partnership between Raut and Raj, playing the next 11 overs. The next slog started with Raut’s wicket in the 23rd over, when the score reached 60. India fell from 3 for 60 to 9 for 108 batting for about 15 overs. Meshram the middle order player remained inbeaten scoring 30 off 57 balls. New Zealand bowlers shared wickets in the inning reaching excellent economy.
It took only an over and a half more than half the inning for New Zealand to run over India. The partnership inning between Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest was for 13.1 overs forging the foundation of the victory. The players scored 72 together, almost half of the target. India bowler’s success remained limited to Amy Satterthwaite, who ducked a couple of overs after Bates. Priest scored a half century in the inning batting until the 23 over. The winning stretch was from Katey Martin and Sophie Devine, partnering for about three overs.
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