Rachel Priest scored 50 off 51 deliveries against India Women © Getty Images (File Photo)
Rachel Priest scored 50 off 51 deliveries against India Women © Getty Images (File Photo)

After the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, it was over to the women to begin the battle for World Cup title. India Women took on New Zealand Women in the first warm-up game at Derby, and came up triumphant by 7 wickets. With 12 required to win in the 27th over, all-rounder Sophie Devine smashed 2 fours and a six to complete the task in style. Katey Martin contributed to the unbeaten partnership with 28 runs. As for the Indian Eves, Poonam Yadav was the pick of bowlers with figures of 2 for 19 while Ekta Bisht ended with a wicket. Full Cricket Updates: ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, warm-up’s

Chasing 131, skipper Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest added 72 runs for the first wicket. After Suzie was dismissed for 30, Poonam was on roll as she got rid of Amy Satterthwaite for nought. Meanwhile, Rachel continued her onslaught and scored fifty off 51 deliveries. Ekta got her only wicket of Rachel. However, that did not change the momentum, and New Zealand comfortably won with 141 balls to spare.

Winning the toss, Deepti and Poonam struggled to find the right gaps against Anna Peterson and Holly Huddleston. With ones and twos, India moved steadily to 19 for no loss by the 9th over. New Zealand found their first breakthrough when they handed the ball to spinner Erin Bermingham and seamer Hannah Rowe. Deepti threw her wicket to 16-year-old Amelia Kerr for 9. Smriti Mandhana, who returned to the squad after her injury in Big Bash League (BBL), could not create a mark as Hannah removed her for 1.

Poonam and skipper Mithali Raj held fort. While Poonam took the call of the boundaries, Mithali was happy playing second fiddle. Such was the domination that skipper Suzie Bates and youngster Amelia could not break the growing partnership. The Indian duo put up the highest partnership (40) of the innings. However, it was Sophie who got the breakthrough, dismissing Poonam. Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali later could not repair the damage. It only worsened, as Amelia got the better of the Harmanpreet for 2.

Rowe was on a high when she got her second wicket for the day. She outfoxed Veda Krishnamurthy for 8. India’s morale dropped when their pillar Mithali was also sent back to the pavilion for 21. They were tottering at 107 for 8 after Jhulan Goswami was dismissed for 5. But it all zeroed down to Mona Meshram who lifted the spirits of the Indian Eves and took the score to 130 in the final few overs. Apart from Hannah, Erin and Anna’s combined figures of 4 for 34 eased the pressure off the White Ferns.

Brief scores:

India Women 130 all out in 45.1 overs (Poonam Raut 33, Mona Meshram 30*; Anna Peterson 2 for 14, Hannah Rowe 2 for 25, Erin Bermingham 2 for 20) lost to New Zealand Women 131 for 3 in 26.3 overs (Rachel Priest 52, Katey Martin 29*, Sophie Devine 20*; Poonam Yadav 2 for 19) by 7 wickets and 141 balls to spare.