Women’s World Cup: Lacklustre India Surrender To New Zealand By 62 Runs

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An inept batting performance by India led to an all-too familiar surrender against New Zealand as the Mithali Raj-led side went down by 62 runs in its second league stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Thursday. New Zealand, who have dominated the Indians throughout this summer, didn’t let anything change in a familiar script by first scoring a healthy 260 for 9. They then choked the ‘Women in Blue’ before bowling them out for only 198 in 46.4 overs.

India have now slipped to fifth among eight teams after this defeat while New Zealand, with two wins from three games, are now second behind Australia in the overall standings.

Puja Vastrakar’s 4 for 34 in 10 overs and Harmanpreet Kaur’s 71 off 62 balls were two isolated performances which hardly made any impact on the larger outcome.

While Vastrakar’s four-for could still be credited for stopping New Zealand’s total from going north of 280, Harmanpreet’s runs might just help her regain confidence for the coming games.

Amelia Kerr (50 and 3/56 in 9 overs), one half of the famous Kerr sisters, first laid the platform with a solid half century and then breached the defences of rival skipper Mithali Raj (31 off 56 balls) with a flighted delivery.

Her fast googly dismissed Richa Ghosh (0) off the successive delivery to make it virtually impossible for India.

Towards the end, she also snapped up Harmanpreet to make it a perfect all-round performance. Seamers Lea Tahuhu (3/17 in 10 overs) and Hayley Jensen (3/30 in 6.4 overs) shared the other scalps.

The pursuit of 261 started on a discordant note with Smriti Mandhana (6 off 21 balls), Yastika Bhatia (28 off 59 balls) and Deepti Sharma (5 off 13 balls) unable find ways to rotate the strike.

Mithali’s struggles have been well documented and it’s not getting any better in her last tournament for India.

Even more baffling was coach Ramesh Powar’s strategy of sending three left-handers (out of form Shafali Verma was dropped) with home team skipper Sophie Devine giving the new ball to off-break bowler Frances Mackay (8-1-25-0), who would take it away from left-handers.

The figures don’t seem exceptional but much like what Deepak Patel did for men’s team in 1992, Mackay bowled as many as 27 dot balls in those first 15 overs to choke the flow of runs.

India haven’t found a way to counter New Zealand and in past one month, have lost five of the six WODIs against the White Ferns.

The game could be divided into two sets of first 20 overs where the two teams batted.

In case of New Zealand, the first 20 overs yielded 117 runs for the loss of just two wickets while India, in their response, painfully reached 50 for 3 in their share of 20.

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The difference was 67 and if one looks at the margin of victory for ‘White Ferns’, it won’t be very difficult to gauge why things went downhill for Mithali’s team.

New Zealand’s batting has four pillars — Suzie Bates (5), skipper Devine (35), No. 3 Kerr (50) and No. 4 Amy Satterthwaite (75) and three performed on the day.

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Women’s World Cup: Pooja Vastrakar’s Stunning Direct Hit That Gave India Early Breakthrough Against New Zealand. Watch

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Watch: Pooja Vastrakar’s stunning direct hit which gave India the breakthrough.© Instagram

After beating Pakistan in their opening game earlier this week, India are currently taking on hosts New Zealand in the ongoing Women’s World Cup at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After electing to bowl first, India got off to the best possible start as New Zealand star opener Suzie Bates got herself run-out while trying to steal a single. However, the early breakthrough was all down to the brilliance of Pooja Vastrakar, who made a direct hit into the stumps from the point region.

Watch: Pooja Vastrakar’s Direct Hit That Gave India Early Breakthrough

Vastrakar then struck in her first over to dismiss New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine, who had steadied the Kiwis’ ship after the early dismissal of Bates.

Bates and Amelia Kerr had added 45 runs for the second wicket before the former had nicked one behind for Richa Ghosh off Vastrakar’s delivery.

Earlier, India won their opening encounter of the tournament against Pakistan by 107 runs at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to start their campaign on a high.

Smriti Mandhana, Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar scored half-centuries each to propel India to a total of 244/7 in 50 overs.

Defending the 245-run target, Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly to skittle out Pakistan for 137.

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Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the pick of the bowlers for India, having taken four wickets while Sneh Rana and Jhulan Goswami also took two wickets each.

Vastrakar was named ‘Player of the Match’.

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ICC Women’s World Cup, India Women vs New Zealand Women: Live Cricket Score, Live Updates

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Women’s World Cup Live: India face New Zealand in their second league stage game.© AFP

India face hosts New Zealand in their upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup league stage fixture at Seddon Park, in Hamilton, on Thursday. Recently, the Mithali Raj-led side faced New Zealand in a bilateral ODI series with the White Ferns coming out on top with a 4-1 win. India will be hoping to prevent a repeat of that display and put in a superior performance from all departments. India defeated Pakistan in their opener, winning by 107 runs. Pooja Vastrakar top-scored with a knock of 67 runs off 59 balls and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took four wickets off 10 overs. New Zealand defeated Bangladesh in their previous game, winning by nine wickets. Suzie Bates was in brilliant form with an unbeaten knock of 79 runs off 68 balls. Meanwhile, Amy Satterthwaite took three wickets. (LIVE SCORECARD)

India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup, Live Cricket Score, Live Updates, Seddon Park, Hamilton

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Women’s World Cup 2022, West Indies vs England: West Indies’ Deandra Dottin Takes Spectacular One-Handed Catch vs England. Watch

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WI-W vs ENG-W: Deandra Dottin took a spectacular one-handed diving catch to dismiss Lauren Winfield Hill.© Instagram

The ongoing Women’s World Cup has already witnessed some breathtaking moments in its initial phase. There have been quite a few brilliant knocks, world-class bowling and athletic fielding so far. The England-West Indies game at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday witnessed a potential contender for catch of the tournament. On the first ball of the ninth over by pacer Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin produced a spectacular catch.  that good! Connell had bowled tightly in her four overs, giving away only 16 runs before starting her fifth against England batter Lauren Winfield Hill. The ball was pitched well outside the off-stump, presenting a good opportunity for the batter to hit it square towards point. Hill connected well but played the ball in the air. And as the players, fans as well as the cameras started to follow the ball, a flying Deandra Dottin made her appearance to the dismay of Hill. The fielder timed her jump to perfection and grabbed a stunner with a single hand while catching the ball in the air.

The video was shared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on their social media handles with a caption that said:

“Deandra Dottin. This absolute screamer from the West Indies star is our @ftx_official Diamond Hands moment from today’s #CWC22 encounter!.”

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Here’s a look at the catch by Deandra Dottin:

The inspired West Indian team took the game deep and defended the 225 runs they had put up on the board while batting first.

The thrilling match went down to the wire but the West Indies cricketers held their nerve to clinch a seven-run victory.

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New Zealand Match “Totally Different Ball Game”, Says India Pacer Jhulan Goswami

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Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Wednesday backed teen batting sensation Shafali Verma to overcome her poor form in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup sooner than later, saying that the swashbuckler is hitting the ball quite well during net sessions. Verma was dismissed for a duck in the opening game against Pakistan that Indian won and hasn’t exactly done well for the past few games. The 18-year-old’s form is expected to be crucial to the team’s chances of landing a first ever ICC title. “Shafali has already proved herself. She is a very exciting cricketer. But these things happen with every cricketer,” Goswami said in a virtual press conference ahead of the game against New Zealand here on Thursday.

“I am sure she is working hard really well in the nets, she is batting well in the nets; she is hitting the ball really well.

“She is just one big knock away and if she gets an opportunity, I am sure she is going to do well,” she added.

Talking about the upcoming match, Goswami said it was important to bowl in the right areas against New Zealand.

“…against New Zealand, it is important to bowl in the right area. The grounds are pretty open, winds are always flowing, so how to take advantage of those things. We discussed a lot of stuff,” she said.

“I think Pooja (Vastrakar), Meghana (Singh), Renuka (Singh Thakur), Simran (Dil Bahadur), they have done a decent job always when they get an opportunity and I hope they will continue with their performance,” she added.

According to Goswami, the bowlers put up a good show in the lung-opener against Pakistan, which the Mithali Raj-led side won by 107 runs.

“I think we bowled well. I guess we hit the ball in the right areas and as a group we bowled well. The new ball bowlers restricted them very well in the first 10 overs…

“Then the spinners bowled well, they were getting a bit of turn on that wicket and I think restricting them below 150 runs is quite a good achievement as a bowling unit,” said Goswami.

She felt the plan to land early in New Zealand for a few games against the hosts has helped India during the ongoing campaign.

“…that was the plan, just before the World Cup, to acclimatise with these conditions and wickets and come back and play fresh in this World Cup.

“(But) tomorrow’s match is a totally different ball game, it is a fresh game and it is a World Cup game and definitely we are looking forward (to it),” said the speedster.

Goswami needs just two more wickets to become the highest wicket-taker in women’s World Cup.

She currently has 38 World Cup wickets to her name and is just one short of Australia’s Lyn Fullston’s tally of 39 wickets.

Asked about it, she said, “Honestly speaking, I didn’t know that…I am not aware of that. But (the) important (thing) is as a senior member of the side, (I should) go there and perform well, give early breakthroughs.

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“That is my job and I often stick to my role and that is the important thing,” she asserted.

“If you play (for) a long time, you are going to achieve a few individual milestones, yes that gives me a lot of joy. I enjoy (when) I contribute and the team wins. Personal milestones do not matter to me as I am an absolute team player.”

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Pakistan Captain Bismah Maroof ‘s Cradle Gesture For Daughter After Hitting 50 Wins Hearts. Watch

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Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof and her daughter has been the apple of everyone’s eye ever since their rendezvous with the India women’s team stars post their World Cup match on March 6. Bismah’s new-born daughter Fatima was again the center of attraction as her mother dedicated her first post “motherhood” half-century to her through an adorable gesture on the field. After reaching her 50, Maroof gestured towards the pavilion forming a small cradle with her hands. The crowd and the players all stood up and applauded the gesture which was done when the world was celebrating the International Women’s Day.

A fan, who shared the small clip-on Twitter, applauded Bismah for her efforts and wrote:

“Bismah Maroof dedicating her first post motherhood half century to her daughter is the most beautiful thing you’d see today!! – more power and respect to all the women out there! #WomensDay.”

Maroof shared on Twitter her inspiration story and wrote:

“It would have been great to have a win on #WomensDay but I want to tell all the women, especially little girls around the globe today: you are powerful, amazing & can pursue any dreams, no matter what. P.S thanks for all the love & prayers for me & my Fatima.”

Despite Maroof’s 78-run unbeaten knock, Australia registered a seven-wicket win to inflict a second-straight loss on Pakistan.

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Batting first, Pakistan were restricted to 190/6 in 50 overs with Maroof being the top run-getter.

In reply, Australia rode on Alyssa Healy’s brilliant knock of 72 runs as they chased down the target in 34.4 overs to script a comfortable victory.

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West Indies Stun England By 7 Runs In ICC Women’s World Cup Thriller

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West Indies stunned England by seven runs on Tuesday.© AFP

A fighting bowling performance helped West Indies stun England by seven runs in the 7th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Chasing 226, England lost its opening wicket in the ninth over as Deandra Dottin took a remarkable catch to send Lauren Winfield-Hill (16) back to the pavilion. Tammy Beaumont scored 46 but England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and after 27 overs, the score read 109/5 with England still needing 117 runs to win. Danielle Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley scored 33 and 38 respectively and they kept England in the game.

However, England kept on losing wickets and they were reduced to 156/8. Kate Cross (27) and Sophie Ecclestone (33*) stitched together a stand of 61 runs for the ninth wicket, but Anisa Mohammed’s brilliance in the 48th over helped West Indies win the match by seven runs.

Earlier, S Campbelle played a knock of 66 runs as West Indies posted 225/6 in the allotted fifty overs. Hayley Matthews (45) and Chedean Nation (49) also chipped in with valuable knocks as West Indies posted a total of more than the 220-run mark.

For England, Sophie Ecclestone returned with three wickets.

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Brief Scores: West Indies 225/6 (S Campbelle 66; Chedean Nation 49; Sophie Ecclestone 3-20); England 218 all out (Tammy Beaumont 46, Sophia Dunkley 38; Shamilia Connell 3-38).

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England Women vs West Indies Women Live Score And Updates

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England Women vs West Indies Women Live© ICC/Twitter

England vs West Indies Live score, ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: England take on West Indies in the seventh match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. West Indies won their first match of the tournament against New Zealand and will be on a high. England, on the other hand, will be lookin to bring their campaign back on track after a defeat in their opening encounter.

England Women Squad: Lauren Winfield Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Natasha Farrant, Emma Lamb, Freya Davies, Charlotte Dean

West Indies Women Squad: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor(c), Shemaine Campbelle(w), Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Rashada Williams, Cherry Ann Fraser

Follow England women vs West Indies Women Live score and updates from the University Oval in Dunedin

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India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast, Live Streaming

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Indian women’s cricket team will take on hosts New Zealand on March 10 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton in Match 8 of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup. India will be looking to build on from the momentum gained after their comprehensive 107-run win in their first match against arch-rivals Pakistan. New Zealand, on the other hand, won a rain-curtailed match against Bangladesh women by nine wickets in their second game of the tournament, having lost the tournament opener against West Indies women by 3 runs.

Where will India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match be played?

The India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

When will the India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match be played?

The India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match will be played on Thursday, March 10.

What time will India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match begin?

The India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup will begin at 06:30 AM IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast the India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match?

The India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match will be broadcast on Star Network.

Where to watch live streaming of India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match?

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The live streaming for India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women’s World Cup match will be available on Hotstar.

(All telecast and streaming timings are as per the information received from the host broadcasters)

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ICC Women’s World Cup: Alang King, Alyssa Healy Shine As Australia Defeat Pakistan By 7 Wickets

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AUS-W vs PAK-W: Australia played splendidly to register a seven-wicket victory.© AFP

Alana King’s two-wicket haul and Alyssa Healy’s 72-run knock helped Australia defeat Pakistan by seven wickets in the 6th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup at the Bay Oval on Tuesday. Chasing 191, Australia got off to a quick start as openers Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes put on 60 runs inside 11 overs. Pakistan got the much-needed breakthrough in the 11th over as Nashra Sandhu dismissed Haynes (34) and this brought Meg Lanning to the middle.

Lanning and Healy put on 63 runs for the second wicket, but with 68 runs away from the target, Australia lost the wicket of Lanning (35) in the 21st over on the bowling of Omaima Sohail. Healy also departed after playing a knock of 72 runs, but in the end, Australia did not have any difficulty in chasing down the target.

Ellyse Perry (26*) and Beth Mooney (23*) remained unbeaten at the crease for Australia.

Earlier, a spirited bowling performance helped Australia restrict Pakistan to 190/6 in the allotted fifty overs. For Pakistan, Bismah Maroof top-scored with a knock of 78 runs. Aliya Riaz also scored 53.

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For Australia, Alana King returned with two wickets while Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Amanda Wellington and Nicola Carey took one wicket each.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 190/6 (Bismah Maroof 78*, Aliya Riaz 53; Alana King 2-24); Australia 193/3 (Alyssa Healy 72, Meg Lanning 35; Omaima Sohail 2-39).

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