England thrashes West Indies to assure itself a spot in the final

Sydney: India’s hopes of making the final of the ICC womens’ World Cup was dealt a severe blow after New Zealand beat it by five wickets in a Super Six match here on Tuesday.

India was all out for 207 in 49.4 overs. The team managed to cross 200 only for the second time in the tournament, thanks largely to Anjum Chopra’s 106-ball 52 and Reema Malhotra’s brisk 52-ball 59.

Opener Kate Pulford led New Zealand’s chase with an 89-ball 71 as the Kiwis romped to 210 for five wickets with 14 balls to spare.

The loss leaves India, which had beaten defending champion Australia in its opening Super Six match, with two points from two matches.

India is ahead of New Zealand on net run-rate but can reach the final only if it beats West Indies in its final Super Six match and hope that New Zealand loses to Pakistan and Australia loses to England.

Meanwhile, England ensured its place in the final after a thumping win over the West Indies.

After India was reduced to 26 for two, Mithali Raj (21) and Anjum put together a partnership but the duo’s slow pace of scoring meant that the Indians managed just a little over 60 runs in the first 20 overs. Mithali’s dismissal, caught by Priest off the bowling of medium-pacer Sophie Devine, triggered another mini-collapse as Anjum, Rumeli Dhar (5) and skipper Jhulan Goswami (4) fell in quick succession, to leave India tottering at 126 for six in the 33rd over.

Reema Malhotra, however, held the other end and guided India to 153 by the 43rd over before being run out by Devine. Malhotra smashed eight fours in her 52-ball innings that gave the much needed acceleration to the Indian scoring.Vice-captain Amita Sharma (14) and Harmanpreet Kaur (13) then played cameos to take India to a respectable 207.

The Kiwi eves made a solid start to their chase with openers Kate Pulford (71) and skipper Haidee Tiffin (23) putting on a 78-run stand. Sravanthi Naidu trapped Tiffen in front of the wicket to give India the first breakthrough in the 18th over.

But the Kiwis rode on Pulford’s 89-ball innings that was studded with 10 fours and some fine middle-order contributions by Suzie Bates (47 not out) and Aimee Mason (23) to continue its unbeaten run.

The scores: At North Sydney Oval: India: A. Deshpande c Priest b Pulford 8, A. Chopra lbw b Mason 52, P. Roy lbw b Devine 3, M. Raj c Priest b Browne 21, R. Dhar b Pulford 5, J. Goswami (run out) 4, S. Malhotra (not out) 59, A. Sharma (run out) 14, H. Kaur (run out) 13, S. Naidu (run out) 2, G. Sultana c Tiffen b Devine 1, Extras (lb-3, w-21, nb-1) 25; Total (in 49.4 overs): 207.

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-26, 3-62, 4-83, 5-108, 6-126, 7-153, 8-197, 9-204.

New Zealand bowling: Devine 8.4-0-35-2, Pulford 10-2-38-2, Browne 10-0-28-1, Bates 9-0-52-0, Mason 7-0-24-1, Tsukigawa 5-1-27-0.

New Zealand: K. Pulford st. Deshpande b Roy 71, H. Tiffen lbw b Naidu 23, S. Bates (not out) 47, A. Satterthwaite c Sharma b Sultana 12, S. McGlashan c & b Roy 11, A. Mason c Sharma b Dhar 23, N. Browne (not out) 15, Extras (lb-4, w-4): 8, Total (for five wkts. in 47.4 overs): 210.

Fall of wickets: 1-78, 2-109, 3-126, 4-147, 5-175.

India bowling: Goswami 6-1-16-0, Dhar 7-1-43-1, Sultana 10-0-32-1, Sharma 5-0-22-0, Naidu 4-0-14-1, Roy 10-0-59-2, Malhotra 5.4-0-20-0.

At Drummoyne Oval: England 236 for eight in 50 overs (S. Taylor 78, C. Taylor 65, C. Atkins 50, S. Daley three for 31) bt West Indies 90 in 38.2 overs (L. Marsh three for 17). — Agencies

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