Twitter Reactions: New Zealand thump intent-less India by 62 runs in Hamilton

Amy Satterthwaite was named the Player of the Match for her brilliant 75-run knock.

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Hosts New Zealand have comfortably defeated India by 62 runs in the 8th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup. The White Ferns registered their second win on the trot while the Women in Blue couldn’t build on their terrific win over Pakistan. Defending 260, the home side bowlers were clinical not letting the opposition batters free their arms and eventually restricted India to only 198.

Earlier, India opted to bowl first and strangely decided to bench the explosive opener Shafali Verma. Suzie Bates got out early courtesy a brilliant run-out from Pooja Vastrakar. But from there on, there was shortage of intent from Sophie Devine. She raced away to 35 before getting out. At 54/2 after 11 overs, India might have felt they would restrict the hosts.

But that wasn’t the case, thanks to fifties from Amelia Kerr and Amy Satterthwaite. Both the batters milked the opposition bowlers superbly and also churned out boundaries regularly. Interestingly, New Zealand never got a big partnership but the fall of wickets didn’t deter their run-rate at any point. Satterthwaite’s knock was key as she scored 75 runs off 84 balls while Kerr was dismissed on 50.

The likes of Maddy Green and Katey Martin didn’t play a big knock but their strike-rates were decent taking the scoreboard forward. New Zealand ended with a competitive total of 260 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs. Vastrakar was not only exceptional in the field but also with the ball returning with the figures of 4/34. India pulled things back considerably well due to her in the last few overs.

Intent-less India struggle for most parts of the chase

Chasing 261, India needed to get off to a good and quick start. But it didn’t happen as their new opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia struggled from the word go. The former got out early while Bhatia didn’t get going at any stage. New Zealand bowled so well that India had just crossed the 50-run mark when 20 overs were bowled.

Mithali Raj’s strike-rate as well continued to be under the scanner as she could only score 31 runs off 56 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur took her time early on but batted well and she was the only batter in the top 8 to score above 100 strike-rate. There was a glimmer of hope when Kaur slammed 20 runs in an over off Hannah Rowe but the ever dependent Amelia Kerr got the better of her soon on 71 which proved to be final nail in India’s coffin.

The Women in Blue eventually could only reach 198 runs and were bundled out in the 47th over. One felt the batters should’ve shown some better intent in the first 20 overs and that is where the game was lost. New Zealand bowlers were exceptional to say the least with Lea Tahuhu being the star. She conceded only 17 runs to pick three wickets in her 10 overs.

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