India lose to New Zealand in Women’s World Twenty20 semis (Lead)

June 18th, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Nottingham, June 18 (IANS) India crashed out of the Women’s World Twenty20 Thursday, going down to New Zealand by 52 runs in the semifinals at Trent Bridge here.
After the men’s team failed to defend their title, bowing out in the Super Eight stage, expectations were high from the women’s team that was hugely successful in the inaugural tournament, reaching the semifinals.

But on Thursday, India were no match to the Black Caps and were outplayed in all departments of the game.

New Zealand, after electing to bat, piled on a challenging 145 for five with Aimee Watkings firing 89 off 58 balls. The New Zealand innings revolved around Watkings, who stroked 10 fours and two sixes, with the second highest scorers being Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite, who contributed just 10 runs each.

Indian were never in the hunt while chasing and finished at 93 for nine in 20 overs.

Mithali Raj (20) and Amita Sharma (24) were the only contributors for India and the rest of the batting collapsed like a pack of cards. Sharma was the top performer with the ball too, claiming two wickets for 21 runs in four overs.

India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Opener Poonam Raut and Anjum Chopra left early and India were soon reeling at 30/3. They could never recover from the top-order failure.

Medium pacers Sian Ruck (2-28) and Amy Satterthwaite (2-20) did the maximum damage, bowling a disciplined line.

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