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Australia slip up in opener

Kate Pulford

Kate Pulford celebrates one of her three wickets as New Zealand close in on victory

New Zealand sprang a surprise on the second day of the women’s World Cup by beating Australia at North Sydney Oval.

Australia went into the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the trophy they won four years ago, but they suffered a 13-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain intervened.

The game was abandoned shortly before 5.30pm local time with Australia 132 for six chasing New Zealand’s 205 – condemning the hosts to defeat in their opening match.

Captain Haidee Tiffen hit 57 for New Zealand, but pace bowler Kate Pulford was named player of the match after returning figures of 3-32.

“I am delighted with the victory over the world’s number one team but I think we should have scored around 240 or 250," said Tiffen.

"Losing seven wickets for 36 runs is not our standard and we certainly need to look at this area and try to not only bat all 50 overs but need to convert good starts into big scores."

West Indies opened their campaign with a two-wicket win over South Africa in Newcastle.

Teenager Stafanie Taylor starred for West Indies, taking 4-17 to restrict South Africa to 116 despite Alicia Smith’s 46.

And, though West Indies lost Taylor and Deandra Dottin early in their reply, they sneaked home with eight balls to spare.

Shanel Daley

Shanel Daley drives through the off side to help West Indies overhaul a target of 117

They were thankful for Shanel Daley’s 26, while Stacy-Ann King and Cordel Jack shared a crucial stand of 38 for the fifth wicket.

West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira said: “We knew what we had to do and we came out and did it.

“We knew we could take our time (getting the runs) - the girls didn't rush anything. Even though it took a long time at the end of the day we came away with the win.”

Taylor, who was named player of the match, added: “I'm very pleased with my performance and happy with the win. We were very confident (in reaching the target), but while chasing small totals anything could happen."

South Africa captain Sunette Loubser blamed her team's poor display with the bat for their defeat.

"We were a bit lax and we let the match slip out of our grip," she said. "I think the bowlers did a wonderful job by containing their batters, but I think we needed to have scored more runs in order to be able to defend them."

The only match to take place tomorrow will see Sri Lanka, who lost their opening game against England, take on Pakistan - heavily beaten by India yesterday - in Canberra.