White Ferns beat India in final warm-ups
England’s second opponents in the Women’s World Twenty20, India, lost by four wickets to New Zealand in the last round of warm-up games ahead of the tournament starting on Wednesday.
Charlotte Edwards’ side, who thrashed South Africa by 121 runs yesterday, begin the competition on Thursday versus Pakistan at Galle International Stadium where all the women’s group games are being held.
White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates, who lost the toss today, set up victory with 51 from 39 balls from the top of the order before retiring out at the end of the 14th over with 81 on the board.
Despite losing two wickets to Ekta Bisht with two runs needed, Bates’ team won with 11 balls left.
Three scalps for Frances Mackay and two for Sophie Devine had limited India to 100 all out in the 20th over at Colombo’s Nondescripts Cricket Club. Opener Amita Sharma top-scored with 32.
Australia - England’s third Group A opponents - beat West Indies by 19 runs at Moors Sports Club in Colombo.
Jodie Fields’ side managed only 110 for eight, but three Ellyse Perry wickets helped to dismiss the Windies with 17 deliveries unused.
Fields won the toss and Jess Cameron’s 28-ball 37 led a recovery from nine for two before being the first of Subrina Munroe’s two quick victims. Yet Alex Blackwell’s 26 lifted Australia to a defendable total.
Two wickets each for Perry and Julie Hunter left West Indies 24 for five and only captain Merissa Aguilleira and Shanel Daley, who added 31 for the ninth wicket, reached 20 as Jess Jonassen struck twice.