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NZ defeat India by 62 runs at World Cup

Hosts New Zealand finally produced a performance to catch the attention of their main rivals at the Women’s Cricket World Cup, beating India by 62 runs in their third group match.

New Zealand lost their opening match against the West Indies, then beat Pakistan in a performance which was dominant but not eye-catching.

India had played only one match before Thursday, beginning their campaign with an equally emphatic win over Pakistan.

That meant India went into the match in Hamilton in third place and New Zealand in fifth place in the eight-team round-robin from which four teams advance to the semi-finals.

In that context, the match became a must-win for New Zealand and its performance was both timely and impressive.

Amy Satterthwaite scored 75 and Amelia Kerr added 50 as New Zealand made 9-260, batting first after India won the toss.

Harmanpreet Kaur made an outstanding 71 from 63 balls to lead her team’s response but India were all out for 198 in the 47th over.

Kerr’s 50, her sixth in one-day internationals, came from 63 deliveries and she was out next ball.

Satterthwaite made 50 from 60 balls and strung together a series of partnerships which built New Zealand’s total.

“There were certainly patches when I really struggled but I tried to build an innings with whoever I was batting with and take it as deep as we could,” said Satterthwaite who eventually was out in the 43rd over.

“I thought the bowlers were outstanding in that first 20-odd overs which were exceptional.

“We’ve talked about our starts and couldn’t have asked for much better.”

The New Zealanders put the squeeze on India at the start of the innings.

Smitri Mandhana fell early and New Zealand shut down the scoring opportunities for the India batters so that 7.4 overs had been bowled before the first boundary was hit.

After 10 overs, India were 2-26, after 20 overs they were 3-50 and the task had become almost insurmountable.

Harmanpreet Kaur hit six boundaries and two sixes and continued her outstanding individual innings until the 44th over when she was out with India 8-178.

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