Women's World T20: No stopping the White Ferns, as New Zealand thrash South Africa to seal semi-final berth

New Zealand continued their invincible run by notching up a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa to seal their semifinal spot at the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

hidden, Mar, 27 2016

Bangalore: New Zealand continued their invincible run by notching up a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa to seal their semifinal spot at the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

Sophie Devine starred with both bat and ball as she took three for 16 and then blasted 27 off 17 balls to guide New Zealand to their fourth win in as many matches.

Electing to bowl after winning the toss, New Zealand produced a superlative bowling performance to dismiss South Africa for 99 in 19.3 overs.

New Zealand women made it through to semi-finals. AP

New Zealand women made it through to semi-finals. AP

The Kiwis then returned to overhaul the target with 33 balls to spare and top the Group A points table with 8 points.

The victory also shut the semifinal doors for South Africa, who suffered their second loss in three matches. They had lost to Australia and beat Ireland. The Proteas will next take on Sri Lanka in an inconsequential match.

Chasing 100 to win, skipper Suzie Bates (29) and Rachel Priest (29) shared a 57-run opening partnership to lay the foundation for the chase.

After their dismissal, Devine hit three fours and a six in his 17-ball innings to take New Zealand home.

It was Bates who was first dismissed when she was caught by Mignon du Preez off Masabata Klass in the 9th over. The other opener Priest also was sent packing in the 11th over by Dane van Niekerk, who trapped her in front of wicket.

Sara McGlashan (5) was next trapped lbw by Kapp in the 12th over but Devine stood tall and saw the team through alongwith Katey Martin (8).

Earlier, pace-spin duo of Sophie Devine (3/16) and Leigh Kasperek (3/19) returned with three wicket hauls, while spinner Erin Bermingham (2/14) scalped two. Morna Nielsen (1/16) and Suzie Bates (1/12) also contributed with one wicket each.

For South Africa, Marizanne Kapp (22) was the top scorer as only five batsmen could reach doubles figure at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Brief Score:

South Africa: 99 all out in 19.3 overs (M Kapp 22; Sophie Devine 3/16).
New Zealand: 100 for 3 in 14.3 overs (S Bates 29; M Klass 1/11).

PTI

Published Date: Mar 27, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 27, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115