New Zealand repeat what their male counterparts did in Spin City Nagpur © Getty Images
New Zealand repeat what their male counterparts did in Spin City Nagpur © Getty Images

New Zealand emerge as a better side in the 10th Match against Australia. They were able to chase down a modest total of 104 after losing 4 wickets with 22 balls to spare. They finally settled scores with their neighbors outclassing them in every department of the game. Australian Women’s side is becomes the newest member of Spin City Nagpur’s victim list.  At one point it seemed like Kiwi openers were batting on a different pitch hitting the ball all around the park. At one point New Zealand openers were all over Australian bowlers as if they found a cheat code on their way back to pavilion. The White Ferns lost their openers in a short span of 3 runs and 11 balls. FULL BLOG: ICC T20 World Cup 2016 New Zealand vs Australia

Nevertheless it didn’t seem to affect them. Suzie Bates(23) and Rachel Priest(34) gave them the perfect start for the run chase. Australian bowlers failed to make an impact on the game or put the batsmen under pressure. Sophie Devine, Sara McGlashan, Amy Satterthwaite chipped in with valuable contributions to avoid any drama in the end achieving the target in 17th over.

Earlier, Australia fell victim to the infamous Nagpur pitch as New Zealand, led by Leigh Kasperek, put in an excellent display of spin bowling to restrict Australia to a mere total of  103 in 20 overs in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, but were soon reeling at a precarious 4 for 4 at one stage. They were saved by an invaluable 42 from all-rounder Ellyse Perry and late cameos from Jess Jonassen (22) and  Beth Mooney (15) in the end. New Zealand Women kept striking at regular intervals, but would feel they gave away a few too many runs in the last 5 overs.

Leigh Kasperek put in a great display of off-spin bowling to pick up three early wickets in the powerplay overs. She took down Australia’s mighty top order by herself, in the process becoming the leading wicket-taker of the tournament  with 6 scalps. Erin Bermingham also picked up two wickets while Sophie Devine chipped in with a wicket as well. The White Ferns ensured the total never got out of the hand.

The Southern Stars needed a partnership after after losing five early wickets in less than 10 overs. They needed someone to knock the ball around for singles and doubles and then go for the big hits, and that was precisely what Ellyse did. After around 15 overs Australia Women started to break the shackles and starting picking up the odd boundary every over. The wickets fell toward the end, but runs kept coming as well. The total looks promising, and can be defended if the Australian spin bowlers do well.

Brief scores: 

Australia 103 for 8 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 42; Leigh Kasperek 3 for 13) lost to New Zealand 104 for 4 in 16.2 overs (Rachel Priest 34; Lauren Cheatle 1 for 11) by 6 wickets.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and belives Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93.)