White Ferns repel India
Diana David starred with the ball and Mithali Raj the bat but they could prevent India women slipping to a 10-run defeat in the opening ICC World Twenty20 clash against New Zealand in St Kitts.
Off-spinner David’s haul of 4-27 helped limit the White Ferns to 139 for eight, built around opener Suzie Bates’ 32, and contributions of 24 and 20 respectively from Nicola Brown and Rachel Priest.
Although Raj hit 44 off just 36 balls in India’s reply, Sulakshana Naik having made 28 at the top of the order, India’s middle order subsided and rendered Amita Sharma’s unbeaten 28 off 16 deliveries inconsequential
Earlier in the day, at the same venue, Sri Lanka successfully defended a seemingly modest total to beat Pakistan by one run.
Pakistan would have fancied their chances of victory after bowling Sri Lanka out for 108 with three balls unused, with Inoka Galagedara’s 25 the highest score.
Bismah Maroof made 42 off 41 balls in reply, but she was one of five Pakistan batsmen to be run out as they were dismissed for 107 off the final delivery of the game.