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February 5, 2013
Australia 228 for 3 (Lanning 112, Cameron 82) beat New Zealand 227 for 6 (Bates 102, Perkins 41, Schutt 3-40) by seven wickets
Attacking knocks from opener Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron helped Australia to a seven-wicket win against New Zealand in Cuttack. The victory means Australia will take four points to the Super Sixes. Chasing 228, the pair added 182 runs for the second wicket, and when they were finally separated, the contest was virtually over.
New Zealand's innings revolved around captain Suzie Bates' knock of 102. New Zealand were tottering at 39 for 4 after 13 overs as seamer Megan Schutt ripped through the top order. Bates led the recovery, adding 103 with Katie Perkings, who scored 42, and Nicola Browne scored a quick 39 towards the end of the innings to push the total to 227.
Australia lost an early wicket in their chase, with Rachel Haynes dismissed in the fifth over but the huge stand between Lanning and Cameron, at more than a run-a-ball, took the game away from New Zealand.
New Zealand had already qualified for the Super Sixes before this game, and will start the next stage with two points.
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