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 here on Saturday.
Australia's Megan Schutt celebrates with team-mates
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. 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 semi-final doors for South Africa, who suffered their second loss in three matches. They had lost to Australia and beat Ireland.
Earlier in the day, at New Delhi, the Australian women’s team kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their final group league game. After restricting Ireland to a paltry 91 for seven in 20 overs, the ‘Southern Stars’ raced to the target in only 13.2 overs.
Ireland women 91-7 in 20 overs (C Shillington 23; M Schutt 3-29) lost to Australia women 92-3 in 13.2 overs (E Villani 43, E Perry 29*) by seven wickets
South Africa 99 all out in 19.3 overs (M Kapp 22; S Devine 3-16) lost to New Zealand 100-3 in 14.3 overs (S Bates 29) by seven wickets