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India Women vs New Zealand Women, Highlights, ICC Women's T20 World Cup: Team India storm into semi-finals with thrilling 4-run win over White Ferns

Date: Thursday, 27 February, 2020 12:54 IST

Venue: Junction Oval, Melbourne

Match Ended

India Women beat New Zealand Women by 4 runs

133/8 OV : (20.0) RR.(6.65)
129/6 OV : (20.0) RR.(6.45)
Match Ended:

India Women beat New Zealand Women by 4 runs

Man Of the Match:

This over 20.0

  • 0(W)


Amelia Kerr

  • 34 (19)
  • 4s X 6
  • 6s X 0


Deepti Sharma

  • 27 (4)
  • M X 0
  • W X 1

Shikha Pandey

  • 21 (4)
  • M X 0
  • W X 1
Current Partnership Last Wicket

39 ( 3.3 ) R/R: 11.14

Amelia Kerr 28(14)

Hayley Jensen 11(7)

129/6 (20.0 over)

Hayley Jensen 11 (7) SR: S.R (157.14)

run out (Shikha Pandey)

ICC Women Match 9 Match Result India Women beat New Zealand Women by 4 runs

India Women vs New Zealand Women, Highlights, ICC Women's T20 World Cup: Team India storm into semi-finals with thrilling 4-run win over White Ferns


12:54 (IST)

So India keep winning but this one went right to the end. Could have had more runs on the board but for a collapse in the middle. Could have had things easier with the defense but for Amelia Kerr thrashing the ball all around in the penultimate over. But best to recall that New Zealand are not an easy team to get past and they showed that today. Shafali Verma the Player of the match with 46 from 34 balls. One wicket each for all India bowlers but Shikha Pandey doing really well to stop the bleeding of runs. India were near perfect in the field as well, unlike their opponents. With that, India are through to the semi-finals and the first to do so. Their next fixture will be against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Join us then, but until then, it's goodbye from us at Firstpost. 

12:46 (IST)

Things pretty even in Group B and it is open for multiple teams to go through

12:45 (IST)

It will be between Australia and New Zealand to book a place in the semi-final from Group A

12:44 (IST)

India have become the first team to qualify for the semifinal. This will be India’s fourth semifinal appearance in Women’s World T20 - 2009, 2010, 2018 and 2020.

12:44 (IST)

Narrowest win for India W in T20Is - by runs:

3 v WI W, North Sound, 2012
4 v NZ W, Melbourne, 2020*
5 v WI W, Providence, 2019

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
12:44 (IST)
12:39 (IST)

Shikha Pandey pivotal in containing New Zealand

12:39 (IST)

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: "In the last three games we've learnt a lot. Now it is about taking it day by day. We made a strong start, looked good after 10 overs. But didn't carry that momentum forward. We need to do better at that in the next few games. In the bowling, we were good but afforded some mistakes. We can't do that when games get tougher ahead. Can't keep making the silly mistakes."

12:37 (IST)

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: "I thought we did really good to restrict them to 133 after the way Shafali Verma started."

"We probably expected to the pitch to be different. We didn't adapt quickly enough. Jensen did well but the spinners closed things down for us."

"I thought we very close today but not quite. We can take positives to cut them down, the late flourish. Little time before we come back for Bangladesh."

12:34 (IST)

Tough being a professional cricketer!

12:34 (IST)

Between Australia and New Zealand now to make the semis. Oof!

12:33 (IST)

Harsha Bhogle lauding the player of the match Shafali

12:31 (IST)

Player of the match Shafali Verma

She speaks through Jemimah acting as an interpreter: "Happy with how things went. I hope to keep providing a good start to the Indian team. There were not easy runs, I converted the bad balls and played for singles, doubles until then. All I've done and achieved is courtesy my father, academy and the support and the practice I have had."

12:28 (IST)

India are through to the semi-finals with three wins from three matches!

12:27 (IST)


India survive! Kerr moved across the off side to try and clear the boundary for a win, a four for a tie and force a Super Over. But Shikha follows her and it has struck Kerr on the pad. Desperate attempt for a second run and Jensen is caught short. Kerr is distraught as the two teams come out for the shake of hands. India women beat New Zealand by 4 runs

12:23 (IST)

A single on the next three balls and now a boundary for New Zealand. Kerr with a much-needed boundary for the White Ferns. She has moved to 34 from 18 and New Zealand need 5 from 1 ball!

12:21 (IST)

Shikha Pandey with the responsibility to defend this. Jensen collects her first boundary of the inning. Not of the middle of the bat but New Zealand won't mind that one bit. The pressure is on India now... 

12:20 (IST)

After 19 overs,New Zealand Women 118/5 ( Amelia Kerr 29 , Hayley Jensen 5)

India looked to be in comfortable position up until the end of 18 overs. Poonam Yadav's expensive over, 18 runs from it, has New Zealand in it. Kerr collecting four boundaries. New Zealand need 16 from 6 balls!

12:19 (IST)

Another boundary, another for Kerr and India have reason to be concerned. Once again in the same region but this time it is more aerial. Nothing a fielder could do to cut that off. 

12:19 (IST)

Kerr collects another boundary. This time she breaches the field on the off side. Poonam Yadav changes the line and it is struck very well for a four

12:18 (IST)

Copy. Paste. Kerr moves across the stumps once again, once again waits for the ball, and once again executes perfectly to collect another boundary. Maybe too little, too late for the Kiwis. 

12:17 (IST)

Amelia Kerr with a good start to the over. Gets around the stumps, walks around to the off stump, waits for the ball to arrive and pulls it over fine leg. Well played shot. Suzie Bates attempted the same shot but missed, not Kerr. 

12:16 (IST)

After 18 overs,New Zealand Women 100/5 ( Amelia Kerr 11 , Hayley Jensen 5)

Six runs from the Deepti Sharma over and she has clocked out as well. 1/27 from her stipulated overs. Had a chance to effect a run out on the last ball but missed which saw Hayley Jensen survive. Given New Zealand's ask, India won't necessarily be perturbed by this. 100 up for New Zealand

12:12 (IST)

After 17 overs,New Zealand Women 94/5 ( Amelia Kerr 9 , Hayley Jensen 1)

A wicket and 8 runs from the Radha Yadav over. She gets her first of the day and finishes with 1/25 from her four overs. Katey Martin smacked a boundary on the second ball but perished on the next with a comfortable take for Jemimah Rodrigues. New Zealand have all to do with India doing really well in the field

12:10 (IST)

Katey Martin falls!

A ball after Katey Martin got a boundary, she has holed down to Jemimah Rodrigues at the boundary rope. She is frustrated as she walks back but that was not an unnecessary shot. New Zealand need the big hits. Radha Yadav celebrates by lifting both her arms in the air. 

Martin c Rodrigues b Radha Yadav 25(28), New Zealand 90/5

12:08 (IST)

After 16 overs,New Zealand Women 86/4 ( Katey Martin 21 , Amelia Kerr 6)

Seven runs from the Deepti Sharma over. Amelia Kerr getting the boundary that New Zealand need every over. Make that one boundary an over at least. Katey Martin needs to take control here perhaps

12:05 (IST)

Much-needed boundary for New Zealand. Kerr pierces the off side field with a nice smack of the willow to Deepti Sharma's delivery. Gets through a fielder and makes its way to the boundary with ease

12:03 (IST)

After 15 overs,New Zealand Women 79/4 ( Katey Martin 19 , Amelia Kerr 1)

Two runs from a very productive and successful over by Rajeshwari Gayakwad. She's gotten rid of the dangerous Maddy Green and the well-set batswoman and the partnership has been broken. That has brought Amelia Kerr to the middle. Required rate now up to 11

12:00 (IST)

Green is caught behind!

Rajeshwari Gayakad gets her first wicket of the day. Maddy Green comes down the track, a massive heave but the ball is well out of her reach. Taniya Bhatia makes the catch to the slightest of touches behind. For good measure, she whipped the bails off as well. 

Maddy Green c Bhatia b Gayakwad 24(23), New Zealand 77/4

11:58 (IST)

After 14 overs,New Zealand Women 77/3 ( Maddy Green 24 , Katey Martin 18)

Shikha Pandey goes for six runs with singles on four deliveries and a double on the last ball. Radha Yadav with a shy at the stumps which allowed Green, Martin to collect a second as overthrows. Not something India can afford at this stage. This partnership on to 43 now

11:54 (IST)

After 13 overs,New Zealand Women 71/3 ( Maddy Green 22 , Katey Martin 14)

6 runs from the Poonam Yadav over with Katey Martin getting a boundary from it. New Zealand have now collected 32 runs from the last four overs and suddenly they look to be alive in this. India badly need a breakthrough. 

11:53 (IST)

Katey Martin helping the scoreboard now and New Zealand doing wonderfully to keep the flow of runs and boundaries going now. Moves across, gets underneath the flighted delivery, sweeps it over square leg

11:52 (IST)

After 12 overs,New Zealand Women 65/3 ( Maddy Green 21 , Katey Martin 9)

After nine runs, another 10 runs from the Radha Yadav over. New Zealand seeing their first six of the chase with Maddy Green doing exceptionally to clear the boundary rope. 

11:50 (IST)

First six of the New Zealand chase! Maddy Green doing a fantastic job in upping the run rate. Well played shot to Radha Yadav and it breaches the boundary on the cow corner region. Cleared the fielders but very well taken by the man in the stands

11:49 (IST)

After 11 overs,New Zealand Women 55/3 ( Maddy Green 13 , Katey Martin 8)

Not the best of overs from India's perspective. Two boundaries for either batters on the first and last ball of the Gayakwad over. 9 runs from the over and New Zealand need such boundaries on regular intervals

11:47 (IST)

And now another boundary for the White Ferns. Maddy Green with a four on the last ball of the over. Down leg, Green helps it along to the fine leg boundary

11:46 (IST)

Now that one boundary arrived, another hasn't taken long to come by for New Zealand. Katey Martin with the four this time. Short length by Gayakwad, width outside off and Martin with the cut square on the off-side

11:45 (IST)

After 10 overs,New Zealand Women 46/3 ( Maddy Green 9 , Katey Martin 3)

Seven runs from the Radha Yadav over. New Zealand ending their boundary drought that went back to the fifth over. Maddy Green with a boundary on the last ball. India, meanwhile, were on 75 at this stage in their inning

11:44 (IST)

First boundary for New Zealand in 34 balls. Radha Yadav keeps it short and Green pulls it behind square on the leg side for a much-needed four

11:42 (IST)

After 9 overs,New Zealand Women 40/3 ( Maddy Green 4 , Katey Martin 2)

Five runs from the Poonam Yadav over with five consecutive singles. But on the first ball she got rid of Sophie Devine in a big, big wicket. Devine looked to smack it but only found Radha inside the circle. That also ending Devine's run of six straight 50-plus scores

11:39 (IST)

Sophie Devine departs!

Full toss by Poonam Yadav and it was there to be smacked and thrashed anywhere around the park. But it only finds the slice and it is taken rather comfortably by Radha Yadav at backward point. It kept going away from her in the air and the heavy swing of the bat didn't take it far.

Devine c Yadav b Poonam Yadav 14 (21), New Zealand 34/3

11:37 (IST)

After 8 overs,New Zealand Women 34/2 ( Sophie Devine (C) 14 , Maddy Green 1)

Just the one run from Radha Yadav's over. Brilliant bowling by her and by India thus far (except the first over). Devine had little option to get runs in the over. A single on the final ball will keep her on strike

11:34 (IST)

After 7 overs,New Zealand Women 33/2 ( Sophie Devine (C) 13 , Maddy Green 1)

Three runs from the Poonam Yadav over. Devine and Green with three singles from the over. On the final ball of the over, Poonam almost has Green stumped but the foot remained grounded to a gorgeous leg break

11:34 (IST)

Poonam Yadav in this World Cup before today:

v AUS W : 4/19
v BAK w : 3/18

11:31 (IST)

After 6 overs,New Zealand Women 30/2 ( Sophie Devine (C) 11 , Maddy Green 0)

Two runs from the second Deepti Sharma over. India have done well to keep the runs slow and the boundaries have dried up. Suzie Bates falls for 6 from 13 after trying to play a paddle sweep. Made her intentions with the shot clear very early and the ball slowed down enough to disrupt her flow. End of the powerplay overs as well. India were 39/1 after their powerplay

11:29 (IST)

Suzie Bates bowled!

Uh oh! What was Suzie Bates doing there! She looked to accelerate, trying to up the flow of runs, moves to the off side and was hoping to scoop the ball in the leg side region. Would have been smart if it worked, but it has not. Deepti Sharma gets the second New Zealand wicket. 

Bates b Deepti Sharma 6(13), New Zealand 30/2

11:26 (IST)

After 5 overs,New Zealand Women 28/1 ( Sophie Devine (C) 10 , Suzie Bates 5)

6 runs from the Rajeshwari Gayakwad over. Sophie Devine collecitng her second boundary of the match. New Zealand staying close to the required run rate

11:25 (IST)

Sophie Devine comes down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and lifts it over mid-off for a boundary. That would help her confidence after coming close to walking back in the previous over. 

11:23 (IST)

After 4 overs,New Zealand Women 22/1 ( Sophie Devine (C) 5 , Suzie Bates 4)

Four runs from the Shikha Pandey over. Just the singles and a double from the over. But India have lost their review after thinking they've got Sophie Devine leg before but it was missing leg. 

11:22 (IST)

India lose review

Sophie Devine collects a single off a leg bye. India appeal for leg before but the umpire says not out. India seem convinced that they have the wicket and refer to the third umpire. There is no bat to it, is in line, impact is in line as well, but missing the leg stump. 

11:19 (IST)

After 3 overs,New Zealand Women 18/1 ( Sophie Devine (C) 5 , Suzie Bates 1)

Five runs from the first Rajeshwari Gayakwad over. Nothing from the first four balls, then a single which brought Devine on the strike. A delivery on the leg stump allowed her to play it fine for a boundary

India Women vs New Zealand Women, ICC Women's T20 World Cup match live updates: India survive! Kerr moved across the off side to try and clear the boundary for a win, a four for a tie and force a Super Over. But Shikha follows her and it has struck Kerr on the pad. Desperate attempt for a second run and Jensen is caught short. Kerr is distraught as the two teams come out for the shake of hands. India women beat New Zealand by 4 runs.

Preview: India women will look to continue their winning run and inch closer to a semi-final berth when they take on New Zealand at the Junction Oval, Melbourne in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday.

The fact that both teams are unbeaten in the tournament so far makes it a mouth-watering contest. While India registered victories against Australia and Bangladesh (by 17 and 18 runs respectively), New Zealand posted a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their first group game.

A win for the White Ferns would see them go level on points with the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side.

India have plenty of positives going into Thursday’s clash. Playing quick-fire knocks of 29 and 39, 16-year-old Shafali Verma has looked in good touch and got India off to flying starts in their previous games. Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav has bamboozled the batswomen with her leg-spin, picking up seven wickets so far. The middle order-batting, however, remains an area of concern.

New Zealand have a better head-to-head record against India in recent years, having won the last three matches between the two sides. Exactly a year back, they had beaten the Indian team 3-0 in a three-match T20 international home series.

It is expected to be India’s toughest outing this far but undoubtedly, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led unit will be up to the task.


Updated Date: Feb 27, 2020