The ICC World Cup for Women saw all the 8 teams in their respective groups fighting out on a super Sunday. All the sub-continent teams suffered losses with South Africa the 4th team to taste defeat. While the Group A encounters at Mumbai were taken home by England and West Indies with wins over India and Sri Lanka, the Group B matches at Cuttack brought truimph for New Zealand and Australia over Pakistan and South Africa.
England v India: India started with a win on Thursday whereas England suffered a defeat by Sri Lanka but Sunday was a reverse story. England skipper and centurion Edwards returned to form and scripted a 32 run win to keep England in the hunt. 272 for 8 after being invited to bat was a great score by the Englishwomen in the allotted 50 overs. India struggled upfront but a ton by Harmanpreet Kaur kept India in the chase. Wickets fell around her and the middle order batswoman could not take India home. Brunt took 4 wickets whereas Wyatt had 2 scalps.
West Indies v Sri Lanka: Windies women were barbaric as they went out to bat after losing the toss. Stafanie Taylor made a mammoth 171 with 2 sixes. Dottin was in full swing as she hoisted 4 sixes to compile a rapid fire 22 ball 50. West Indies posted a huge 368 for 8 in 50 overs. Lankan women lost wickets at regular intervals and were wrapped up inside 40 overs with the scorecard reading 159 runs. Windies skipper Aguilleira used 9 bowlers with Quintyne grabbing 3 of the 10 wickets. West Indies routed Sri Lanka by 209 runs.
Australia v South Africa: The 5th match was staged at Cuttack wherein SA won the toss and batted first. Opening Chetty made a valuable 59 wjereas Kapp at No 4 conrtibuted 61. The slowish Proteas team could manage just 188 for 9 in 50 overs.Perry for the Aussie topped with 3 wickets. It wasn’t a cake walk for the Aussie Women as they lost wickets too. But a steady 83 by Haynes took Australia home registering their 2 win of the tournament. South Africa are almost out and placed at No. 4 in Group B.
Pakistan v New Zealand: A low scoring encounter saw Pakistan loose by 7 wickets. Candy for the Kiwis took a fifer. Pakistan Women were bowled out for 104 in the 42nd over. Skipper Suzie Bates led from the front and bulked the scoring with an unbeaten 65. New Zealand reached the target in the 30th over with 7 wickets to spare. New Zealand now lead Group B with 2 back-to-back wins.