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NZ book spot in Super Six

Cuttack: A maiden five-wicket haul by Rachel Candy helped New Zealand thrash Pakistan by seven wickets and ensure a place in the Super Six of the Women’s World Cup, at the Barabati Stadium, on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Candy (5/16) did the star turn as New Zealand shot out their opponents for a paltry 104 in 41.2 overs before overhauling the target in 29.4 overs.

Chasing 104, New Zealand rode on skipper Suzie Bates' unbeaten half-century. Bates scored 65 runs off 84 balls and hit 10 fours. She stitched a 69-run partnership with Katie Perkins (25 not out) for the fourth wicket to take her side past the finishing line. This is Pakistan’s second loss in the tournament, following their 91-run loss to Australia.

Earlier, opting to bat first, Pakistan lost both their openers Javeria Khan (8) and Sidra Ameen (4) for just 18 runs. Captain Sana Mir quickly followed suit after she was trapped in front of the wicket by Candy for just one.

Pakistan’s batting could never take off as they lost wickets at regular intervals, courtesy some fine bowling performance by the New Zealand bowlers. Pakistan lost first six wickets for just 57 runs in 23.5 overs before Asmavia Iqbal tried to build a partnership with Qanita Jalil (14).

For Pakistan, only three batswomen could reach double digit scores with Asmavia scoring 21 off 46 balls, the highest individual score, and hit five boundaries.

Nicola Browne (2/12) ably supported Candy to finish off the Pakistani tail while Kate Broadmore finished with impressive figures of one for 15 in her 10 overs.

Pakistan skipper Sana Mir got two wickets for her side while medium-pacer Sumaiya Siddiqi got one wicket.

Brief scores

Pakistan 104 in 41.2 ovs (R. Candy 5/19). New Zealand 108/3 in 29.4 ovs (S. Bates 65). New Zealand won by seven wickets