Christchurch: New Zealand defeated India by nine wickets on Wednesday to advance to the final of the women's cricket World Cup. After dismissing India for a modest 117 New Zealand needed just 26.5 overs to achieve victory and qualify for the final against reigning champions Australia on Saturday.New Zealand were guided home by captain Emily Drumm, who wasted little time in scoring 47 not out from just 43 balls, while opener Anna O'Leary was unbeaten on 50 from 90 deliveries.Drumm was particularly severe on anything wayward, helping herself to eight fours after the dismissal of Rebecca Rolls, who struck a robust 23 off 28 balls, including three fours and one six.Purnima Rau had earlier fought a lone hand for India, the opening batsman contributing a defiant, unbeaten 67 to her team's inadequate score. Rau faced 133 deliveries but lacked support, with the only other player reaching double figures being captain Anju Jain, who scored 16 before being run out. India's difficulties were illustrated by Deepa Kulkarni needing 30 deliveries just to get off the mark before she was run out for four.All of the New Zealand bowlers stuck to a tight line, and the best figures were returned by Kathryn Ramel, who took two for 12 off five overs, and Clare Nicholson, who picked up two for 15 off 8.2. Rachel Pullar captured two for 20 off 10.Australia beat South Africa by nine wickets in the other semi-final on Monday.
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