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Australia hang by a thread

Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami deals an early blow by dismissing Australia's Shelley Nitschke

India stunned defending champions Australia by pulling off a 16-run victory at North Sydney Oval today to keep alive their hopes of a maiden World Cup title.

The result leaves Australia with a mountain to climb as they must win their next two Super Six stage matches to have any hope of reaching the final.

India, meanwhile, have four points from three games and are third in the standings.

Anagha Deshpande (45) and Anjum Chopra (76) managed an opening partnership of 69 and helped India to a 234 for five.

Australia were dealt a blow early in their reply when Jhulan Goswami took the wicket of Shelley Nitschke before Karen Rolton and Lisa Sthalekar were dismissed soon after to leave the hosts on 53 for three.

Alex Blackwell and Jodie Fields helped Australia get back on track somewhat but India bowled well to restrict their opponents to 218 for seven in 50 overs, 16 short of the victory target.

Pakistan picked up their second win of the World Cup with a four-wicket victory over West Indies at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

Almas Akram was in inspired form for Pakistan as she took 3-7 to reduce the Windies to 24 for four early in their innings.

Stefanie Taylor's 55 helped West Indies rebuild before Anisa Mohammed's late order resistance pushed them up to 132 for nine in 50 overs as she finished 12 not out.

Pakistan then found themselves struggling at 55 for five early in their run chase due to some good bowling from West Indies.

Anjum Chopra

Anjum Chopra stars with the bat, with an excellent innings of 79, to keep India's maiden title hopes alive

But an unbeaten 43 from 48 balls by Armaan Khan helped turn things round as Pakistan secured the victory with 13 balls to spare.

"I am very happy with my performance," said Almas. "This was my best bowling performance in my bowling career so far.

"Our team performance was extremely good and we never felt under pressure, even though the West Indies are more experienced."

South Africa secured seventh place at the World Cup after easing to a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

In the game to decide seventh and eighth place, Sri Lanka struggled with the bat again to find themselves all out for just 72. Suwini de Alwis was the top-scorer with 24 runs.

South Africa were in good form again with the ball with young leg spinner Dane van Niekerk in particular standing out with a brilliant spell of 3-11.

Charlize van der Westhuizen also put in another great display with figures of 2-16.

Their hard work meant that South Africa were able to chase down their target for the loss of just one wicket, Trisha Chetty and Cri-Zelda Brits supplying 41 and 31 runs respectively as their side cruised to victory with 21.3 overs to spare.