Nagpur: New Zealand continued their unbeaten run at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 cricket tournament by coasting to a convincing six-wicket win over Australia to register their third consecutive win in Group 'A', here yesterday.
Kiwi off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (left) celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Alyssa Healy in Nagpur yesterday. Pic/PTI
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Australia Women could only muster 103 for eight, a paltry target which New Zealand Women overwhelmed with ease in 16.2 overs for the loss of just four wickets.
Australia Women witnessed a horrendous start to their innings as Kiwi off-spinner Leigh Kasperek ran through the top-order to reduce their opponents to 4 for 4 in 4 overs. Kasperek's impressive figures of 4-0-13-3 includes two wickets in consecutive balls of the second over.
Leg-break bowler Erin Bermingham (2-23) also chipped in two wickets for New Zealand Women.
Ellyse Perry top-scored for Australia Women with a 48-ball 42, a crucial knock which was studded with three boundaries and one six. Jess Jonassen (23 off 22) and Beth Mooney (15) too made useful contributions to take Australia Women past 100.
New Zealand Women hardly broke sweat while chasing the target as skipper Suzie Bates (23) and Rachel Priest (34) got the Kiwis off to a flying start, stitching 58 runs for the opening wicket in just 47 balls.