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WWC: West Indies beat New Zealand

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013, 16:34 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Feb 11: Tremayne Smartt took three wickets as West Indies beat New Zealand by 48 runs in their second Super Six match of the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 here at Brabourne Stadium on Monday.

Smartt took 3/39 as West Indies successfully defended a modest target of 207. New Zealand were bowled out for 159 in 44.3 overs. Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin took two wickets apiece.

WWC: West Indies beat New Zealand

This was West Indies' third win in Super Six and are second in the points table. Australia are on top with four wins out of four. Top two will qualify for final. Australia are already in the title round.

On the last day of Super Six matches - February 13, West Indies will face Australia while England will lock horns with New Zealand. In the other game, Sri Lanka meet South Africa.

Earlier, a dominating performance by the New Zealand's bowlers helped them restrict West Indies to 207/9.

A late batting attack from West Indies ensured that their bowlers had a respectable total to defend after they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Spinner Anisa Mohammed, who came into bat at number 10, was aggressive and her 31 runs in 32 balls propelled her side to 200. She forged a 45-run stand with Shanel Daley (37).

Incidentally, this was West Indies' highest score against New Zealand, the previous best being 136 in the 2009 edition.

Spinner Morna Nielsen came up with the best bowling performance from the New Zealand side as she scalped three for 27 runs.

Inviting West Indies to bat, New Zealand pace spearhead Sean Ruck dismissed the two openers to put the Caribbean side under pressure.

Ruck got rid of Natasha Mclean off the ninth ball of the match and dismissed her opening partner Kycia Knight (15) in the 10th over.

One-down batter Stafanie Taylor steadied the innings with Kyshona Knight and the duo added 37 runs before the latter hit an indiscreet shot to be caught at mid-on off left-arm spinner Nielsen.

Taylor made a breezy 49 off 53 balls, with seven fours, before being caught behind off Kiwi skipper Suzie Bates.

West Indies soon lost captain Merissa Aguilleira and they were reduced to 104 for five in the 25th over.

Power player Deandra Dottin, who came into bat after Taylor departed, was her usual aggressive self and her 21-ball 27 was studded with four fours and a six.

From 117 for six, Shanel Daley and Shemaine Campbelle stitched a partnership of 22 before the latter was run out by Nicola Browne at short-midwicket.

PTI

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