New Zealand Women 108-2 (Mackay 39no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 103 (Tahuhu 4-27) by 8 wickets
Women’s World Cup Super Six, Mumbai
Following their wins over England and India, Sri Lanka Women were brought back down to earth with a thrashing at the hands of New Zealand Women in their first super six match.
The White Ferns seam attack of Sian Ruck and Lea Tahuhu did the bulk of the damage as they were bundled out for just 103, with openers Frances Mackay and Suzie Bates then adding 71 to put New Zealand well on the way to victory.
Tahuhu struck first, bowling opener Yasoda Mendis with her first delivery and would go on to claim career-best figures of four for 27. Ruck then bowled Mendis’ fellow opener Chamari Atapattu for a duck that spanned 24 balls with Deepika Rasangika and skipper Shashikala Siriwardene following soon after as three wickets fell for the addition of one run.
Wicket-keeper Dilani Surangika and Sandamali Dolawatte then affected a mini-recovery with a fifth-wicket stand of 38, but Dolawatte became the third of Tahuhu’s victims when on 19. Besides Surangika, who was eventually seventh woman out for 34, and Rasangika earlier, only one other batter would reach double figures, with number eight Sripali Weerakkody making 11.
Tahuhu fittingly claimed the final wicket to fall, that of Udeshika Prabodhani for seven, as Sri Lanka were all out from the final ball of the 42nd over.
If the Sri Lankans were going to make life even remotely difficult for New Zealand then they needed early wickets. However, Bates and Mackay ensured that that didn’t happen. The pair added 71 in 15 overs before Bates departed to Inoka Ranaweera. Three balls later Amy Satterthwaite was caught and bowled, but Sophie Devine joined Mackay and the win was soon sealed. Mackay ended on 37 off 41 balls with Devine on 29 off 30, having hit the one six of the match.
© Cricket World 2013
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