World Cup 2022 | Report - Day 3 | Warm-ups
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Match 5 - New Zealand vs Australia | Devine-Kerr chased down an astonishing target of 322 against the mighty Aussies
In the 1st warm-up game of day 3 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australia fielded 13 players with Amanda-Jade wellington and Grace Harris missing out. New Zealand had Georgia Plimmer missing out.
After the early departure of Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy and skipper Meg Lanning put up a partnership of 79 runs. Healy who was not in her best of forms scored a morale-boosting knock of 64 (71). After Amelia Kerr dismissed her, Mooney joined her captain on to the crease. They made a solid partnership of 80 runs and went on to score their half-centuries. With Lanning’s 87 (86), Mooney’s 55 (51), and some late flourish from Gardner’s bat 60 (32) ensured a 300+ score on the board. They ended up with 321 with 3 balls remaining in the innings. Hannah Rowe took the biggest chunk of wickets (4/49) amongst the Kiwi bowlers.
This was going to be a pretty tough chase for any team. But New Zealand started off their innings in a phenomenal fashion. Bates and Devine stitched a mammoth opening partnership of 119. King provided the breakthrough to the Aussies by dismissing Bates on 63 (68). The in-form batter Amelia Kerr joined her well-set skipper Devine at the middle. And they didn’t look back from there. Devine scored a staggering 161* accompanying Kerr’s 92* and sealed a tremendous victory by 9 wickets. With a gigantic partnership of 206 runs, both the batters sealed the deal for the Kiwis in just 43.1 overs.
New Zealand, who surprisingly lost to Pakistan in the last game defeated the Aussies in a tremendous run-chase. The hosts are certainly on a roller-coaster ride and will face off the challenge of the Windies in the opening game of the World Cup on 4th March.
Australia- 321 (49.3) M. Lanning 87 (86), A. Healy 64 (71); H. Rowe 4/49 (10), S. Devine 2/44 (8)
New Zealand- 325/1 (43.1) S. Devine 161* (117), A. Kerr 92* (75); A. King 1/48 (7)
Match 6 – West Indies vs India | India put up a clinic against West Indies
At the Rangiora Oval, India were up against the West Indies. Indian skipper Mithali Raj won the toss elected to bat first. Shafali Verma came back to the side today after got rested in the last game. Chenille Henry scalped her for a duck. Deepti joined Mandhana in the middle. It seems India are quite persistent with Deepti at no. 3 and we could see her in this role during the World Cup as well. After 22/1 in 6 overs, both of them put up a good 96 run partnership. Smriti continued her fine form and scored a beautiful knock of 66 (67). After her departure, Raj joined Deepti who was set at the other end. Deepti played a fine knock of 51 (64) alongside her skipper who scored 30 (42).
As Harmanpreet Kaur and Pooja Vastrakar didn’t bat today, Yastika had a new role to play. She came at no. 5 and scored some handy runs (42 off 53). But India’s problem continued with the finishing. The lower order of India hasn’t been contributing well yet. As they are playing Deepti Sharma at the top and going with a full-strength spin-attack, it also weakens the batting and makes the tail a longer one. A collapse was on the card and it happened. From 195-5 after 37 overs, India were reduced to 242-9 in 42.2 overs. But both the no. 10 and 11 batters Yadav (14) and Gayakwad (10) scored some crucial runs and played out the 50 overs. Fraser, Ramharack, and Matthews took 2 wickets each to restrict the Indian batters in 259 runs.
West Indies batting again gave up against the Indian bowling as they did in the last warm-up game against Australia. Apart from Matthews (44 off 61) and Campbelle (63 off 81), West Indies batting didn’t show much promise and resistance. Vastrakar was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets, whereas Meghna, Gayakwad, and Deepti took 2 wickets each. Jhulan Goswami had been economical with the ball but remained wicketless in both the games. India ended their preparation games on high with a thumping victory of 81 runs.
India - 258 (50) S. Mandhana 66 (67), D. Sharma 51 (64); C. Ann Fraser 2/24 (5), K. Ramaharack 2/50 (10)
West Indies - 177/9 (50) S. Campbelle 63 (81), H. Matthews 44 (61); P. Vastrakar 3/21 (7), D. Sharma 2/31 (9)
Tomorrow’s warm-up games:
Match 7 – South Africa vs England, at Lincoln (from 3:30 am)
Match 8 – Pakistan vs Bangladesh, at Lincoln (from 3:30 am)
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