Kiwis knock out in Women's World Cup

Published: Friday, June 19, 2009, 8:03 [IST]
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Nottingham: Kiwi skipper Aimee Watkins' blistering unbeaten 89 helped New Zealand steered to a 52-run rousing win over India in the semi final on Thursday.

After winning the toss, New Zealand posted 145 for five with Aimee Watkins smashing an unbeaten 89 off 58 balls with ten fours and two sixes.

India could only manage 93 for nine in reply.

Watkins' 58-ball knock was also the highest individual score of the tournament so far.

The Indians buckled under pressure of a daunting target and India could only manage 93 for nine in reply.

Sian Ruck (2/18) and Amy Satterthwaite (2/18) shared four wickets between them in India's horrid batting collapse.

Amita Sharma (24) and Mithali Raj (20), who were two of the three batters to reach double digit scores, could manage to hang around for some time but could not build on the starts.

England will take on Australia in the second semi-final at the Oval in London tomorrow.

India made a shaky start at Poonam Raut (5) fell cheaply when she mistimed an on-drive only to be caught at square leg.

Anjum Chopra (15) and Mithali had an onerous responsibility to score quickly but the duo consumed too many balls for their runs, which resulted in the required run-rate shooting up.


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