An inept batting performance by India led to an all-too familiar surrender against New Zealand as the Mithali Raj-led side went down by 62 runs in its second league stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup in Hamilton on Thursday (March 10). New Zealand, who have dominated the Indians throughout this summer, didn’t let anything change in a familiar script by first scoring a healthy 260/9. They then choked the ‘Women in Blue’ before bowling them out for only 198 in 46.4 overs.
India have now slipped to fifth among eight teams after this defeat while New Zealand, with two wins from three games, are now second behind Australia in the overall standings. Pooja Vastrakar’s 4/34 in 10 overs and Harmanpreet Kaur’s 71 off 62 balls were two isolated performances which hardly made any impact on the larger outcome. New Zealand, with two wins from three games, are now second behind Australia in the overall standings.