West Indies v New Zealand, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai February 11, 2013

West Indies beat New Zealand to move second

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West Indies 207 for 9 (Taylor 49, Daley 37, Nielsen 3-27) beat New Zealand 159 (Priest 36*, Bates 30, Smartt 3-39) by 48 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies showed why they are known as one of the most improved sides in women's cricket with their first-ever win over New Zealand, beating the latter by 48 runs in a Super Six match to move to second place with six points. The defeat brought New Zealand's net run-rate to 0.952 against 1.079 of England, their opponents in the final Super Six match, which could well decide who faces Australia in the final. New Zealand meet England on Wednesday in a day-night game that will only matter if West Indies lose to Australia earlier in the day.

Refreshingly, Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin were not the stars of the win, as allrounder Shanel Daley and offspinner Anisa Mohammed added 45 valuable runs for the ninth wicket, the highest partnership in the game, to push their side past 200.

Medium-pacer Tremayne Smartt then shocked the New Zealand top order with sharp, late inswing, though key batsman Sophie Devine was handed a shocker of an lbw decision off a thick inside edge. While New Zealand may rue some other marginal lbw calls that went against them, it was also their over-reliance on captain Suzie Bates that cost them.

Bates was at the other end when Devine, the only other New Zealand batsman to have made a fifty-plus score in the tournament, was given out off Smartt in the tenth over with the score reading 47 for 2. There were three other lbws in the innings, opener Frances Mackay falling to a Smartt inswinger, No. 6 Nicola Browne missing a sweep off Taylor and No. 8 Kate Broadmore caught surprised by a quick incoming Dottin delivery. While replays showed Smartt's, and particularly Dottin's, deliveries going down leg, Browne was struck just outside the line of off.

Apart from being unfortunate, New Zealand also suffered at their own hands, as they attempted two suicidal singles to point to lose Katie Perkins and Rachel Priest. Perkins and Bates had managed to steady the chase to an extent, but the former's charge from the non-striker's end reduced New Zealand to 76 for 4 in the 19th over.

Three overs later, Bates, the leading run-scorer in the tournament, slammed one straight back to the bowler Mohammed to depart for 30. Bates, like Taylor earlier, had looked in a different class compared to the rest of her team-mates and her fall all but ended New Zealand's chances. Though Priest slogged a few boundaries, there was little chance of her side getting close to West Indies' 207.

Mohammed, who had figures of 8.3-3-13-1, played a major role in West Indies getting as far as they did, along with Daley. Mohammed, dropped on 14 by Morna Nielsen at long-on, swung a few fours down the ground to make a quick 31. Daley, who came in with West Indies 104 for 5, ensured they batted the full 50 overs, knocking the ball around patiently before hitting out towards the end.

Taylor and Dottin made important contributions too. After Bates put West Indies in, Sian Ruck trapped Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean lbw early, both batsmen moving far across and missing pitched-up deliveries. Taylor responded with several emphatic cover drives to motor to 49 off 53 before Bates moved one away from a length to produce an edge to the wicketkeeper.

Big-hitting Dottin walked in at 82 for 4 and smacked her first delivery over extra cover for four. Bates took off her impressive left-arm spinner Nielsen in anticipation of more hitting. It made no difference to Dottin, who powered the seamer Lea Tahuhu for two more boundaries. After Bates was swiped to the advertising boards beyond deep midwicket, she brought back Nielsen, who needed three deliveries to remove Dottin. The first flew to the deep square leg rope, the third ended in the hands of square leg as Dottin went for 27 off 21.

The innings then meandered on till Mohammed arrived at 159 for 8 in the 44th over and put the total beyond New Zealand's reach.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    On paper, you'd expect Australia to beat WI and England to beat NZ and the question then would be whether the margins are such that England sneak through to the final, but predictions on paper don't mean all that much. Australia might ease up a little, given that they are already through, but I'm sure that they'd love to enter the final undefeated and won't want to jeopardise that. It's quite exciting that, if WI lose, any one of WI, NZ and England could get through to the final, depending on the result of England vs NZ and the margins of both games. It's always more interesting when the result is in doubt right up to the end.

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Congratulations! And keep going Windies ladies, you can do it if you keep on believing it. Just keep in mind that your batting is your strong suit, so make the most of it when it's your turn. And please, open the bowling with Dottin. One more thing: Don't worry about the name of your opponents; just keep playng a hard as you can, you'll see how you come out on top!

  • CricketingStargazer on February 12, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Interesting point @jmc that the final games are, once again, not simultaneous. In this case West Indies are clearly prejudiced by the fact that, if they lose, both Eng and NZ will know exactly what result they need and how many runs they need to win by. As with the final games in the group phase, wouldn't it be fairer to all to play any remaining live matches simultaneously?

  • on February 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    I hope every team in this ICC World Cup - 2013 will play their best cricket and let the chips fall where they may. It's been an excellent tournament so far and even the less than perfect officiating hasn't fazed the ladies. If the budget is tight it is because ICC chose to make it so. What could be a better investment in women's cricket than having a World Cup tournament that was well run in every way? Poor umpiring ruins the game for everyone, participants and neutrals alike. All umpires make mistakes, yes, but there have been way too many in this tournament and some of the ones I have seen have been truly awful. Blatant errors! Sometimes I wonder if the umpire was fully aware of the laws pertaining to LBW.

  • on February 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    You become "a most improved side" with umpires like that.As for the dancing after taking wickets ,is someone going to explain to the W.I.girls that it more cringeworthy than cool ?

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    England play NZ after the WI play Australia so England and NZ have a bit of an advantage, especially the team batting second, in that they know exactly what they have to do get into the final. Of course, that becomes a moot point if WI beat Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    @James Packman on (February 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT), that's a complete crock I'm afraid. Australia may subconsciously ease up because they're already through but there's no way that they'd want to hand WI a confidence-enhancing win right before playing them again in the final. Australia is the better team but any team can win on their day so having just beaten Australia would be a great boost to WI going into a final against them. Australia have already beaten England and NZ so they will be confident that they can do it again and I'm sure that they'd love to go into the final with the mental edge of being unbeaten.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 12, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    The 2 batsman that could of won it for NZ Bates and Mchlashan were caught and bowled respectively there were 2 bad lbw decisions and 1 marginal but at the end of the day there were also a couple not given I think the main wickets of Mcglashan and Bates won it for W.I anyway.

  • landl47 on February 11, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    That was the best possible result for England. Now if Aus can beat WI and Eng beat NZ, it will almost certainly be Aus-Eng in the final. Of course, if WI or NZ win, England are out.

    I hope every team will play their best cricket and let the chips fall where they may. It's been an excellent tournament so far and even the less than perfect officiating hasn't fazed the ladies. Good for them.

  • on February 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Australia will throw the game against West Indies so they face them in the final - remember where you read it first.

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    On paper, you'd expect Australia to beat WI and England to beat NZ and the question then would be whether the margins are such that England sneak through to the final, but predictions on paper don't mean all that much. Australia might ease up a little, given that they are already through, but I'm sure that they'd love to enter the final undefeated and won't want to jeopardise that. It's quite exciting that, if WI lose, any one of WI, NZ and England could get through to the final, depending on the result of England vs NZ and the margins of both games. It's always more interesting when the result is in doubt right up to the end.

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Congratulations! And keep going Windies ladies, you can do it if you keep on believing it. Just keep in mind that your batting is your strong suit, so make the most of it when it's your turn. And please, open the bowling with Dottin. One more thing: Don't worry about the name of your opponents; just keep playng a hard as you can, you'll see how you come out on top!

  • CricketingStargazer on February 12, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Interesting point @jmc that the final games are, once again, not simultaneous. In this case West Indies are clearly prejudiced by the fact that, if they lose, both Eng and NZ will know exactly what result they need and how many runs they need to win by. As with the final games in the group phase, wouldn't it be fairer to all to play any remaining live matches simultaneously?

  • on February 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    I hope every team in this ICC World Cup - 2013 will play their best cricket and let the chips fall where they may. It's been an excellent tournament so far and even the less than perfect officiating hasn't fazed the ladies. If the budget is tight it is because ICC chose to make it so. What could be a better investment in women's cricket than having a World Cup tournament that was well run in every way? Poor umpiring ruins the game for everyone, participants and neutrals alike. All umpires make mistakes, yes, but there have been way too many in this tournament and some of the ones I have seen have been truly awful. Blatant errors! Sometimes I wonder if the umpire was fully aware of the laws pertaining to LBW.

  • on February 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    You become "a most improved side" with umpires like that.As for the dancing after taking wickets ,is someone going to explain to the W.I.girls that it more cringeworthy than cool ?

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    England play NZ after the WI play Australia so England and NZ have a bit of an advantage, especially the team batting second, in that they know exactly what they have to do get into the final. Of course, that becomes a moot point if WI beat Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    @James Packman on (February 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT), that's a complete crock I'm afraid. Australia may subconsciously ease up because they're already through but there's no way that they'd want to hand WI a confidence-enhancing win right before playing them again in the final. Australia is the better team but any team can win on their day so having just beaten Australia would be a great boost to WI going into a final against them. Australia have already beaten England and NZ so they will be confident that they can do it again and I'm sure that they'd love to go into the final with the mental edge of being unbeaten.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 12, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    The 2 batsman that could of won it for NZ Bates and Mchlashan were caught and bowled respectively there were 2 bad lbw decisions and 1 marginal but at the end of the day there were also a couple not given I think the main wickets of Mcglashan and Bates won it for W.I anyway.

  • landl47 on February 11, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    That was the best possible result for England. Now if Aus can beat WI and Eng beat NZ, it will almost certainly be Aus-Eng in the final. Of course, if WI or NZ win, England are out.

    I hope every team will play their best cricket and let the chips fall where they may. It's been an excellent tournament so far and even the less than perfect officiating hasn't fazed the ladies. Good for them.

  • on February 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Australia will throw the game against West Indies so they face them in the final - remember where you read it first.

  • kc69 on February 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I still see Australia and England in finals...hope west indies get something to cheer.

  • on February 11, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    They may have earned a couple of runouts, but generally the Windies ground fielding was sloppy, and the LBW decisions, well that has probably cost NZ a place in the final. Suzie Bates was very gracious in the post match presentation.

  • on February 11, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    "Marginal" LBW decisions? LOL. They were awful. One of them was missing the stumps by about a meter.

  • logicsupreme on February 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I definitely don't see how England can complain about the decisions because there were 2 lbw's not given in the same innings that should have been. So it all evened out in the end.

  • Humbata on February 11, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    The other day I had a real moan at the standard of umpiring at this event (when 2 shocking decisions probably cost England a win over Australia). Today New Zealand had FOUR - YES, FOUR - very poor LBW decisions which certainly cost them the match and quite possibly a place in the final. I teach Level 1 umpires and I would not expect any of them (that pass the course) to give decisions as poor as those demonstrated during this tournament. THE WOMEN DESERVE BETTER ! I hope Tony Hill relinquishes his "mentoring" role for this event and stands in the remaining matches

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Great to see a wi ladies fight it out. But what a shame, the stadiums are empty. Can't believe this is a world cup match in a country like India where cricket is religion. I think these games should have been more hyped in the media. They should have shown more player interviews etc, to create interest.

    Going forward, all women teams should play more matches and these matches should be telecast and cric info should do a proper live coverage not just highlights.

  • on February 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    great performances by WI ladies. Just repeat what i said after India sri lanka match .if sri lanka allowed india to reach 251 then sri lanka would easily cruise to 1 st place battle or 3rd place battle n west Indies out at first round .lucky.. now the next 3 matches of super 6 is going to be virtually 3 practise matches for 1st. 3rd and 5th places .

  • CricketingStargazer on February 11, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Impressive from West Indies. Not so impressive from the umpires. Sets up two really intense matches in the final round. Multiple permutations possible including the West Indies losing to Australia and still reaching the Final on RR. Interesting!

  • kenos on February 11, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Good all-round, improving team quite capable of beating Australia twice to win the title. Win it or not, Congratulations.

  • on February 11, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Way to go ladies, Campbell need to let Dottin bat at 4 with instructions to bat at leadt 50 balls for the team before she plays her own shots, she and Taylor are best 2 in the game in my view

  • CrICkeeet on February 11, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Well done west indies..........

  • on February 11, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Excellent game of Cricket. Kudos to WI and also Anisa. Australia seems to be the team to beat in this competition but I hope, WI plays well as a team and wins the cup. All the best.

  • Boxilla on February 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Completely disagree with you Pauliangenius as anybody can win the women's world cup if they set their mind to it. It is not a given that either Australia or NZ will win it! Also I wonder if someone would be good enough to explain the points table in the women's tournament as it has all the Super Six teams to date (11th February) as playing 4 matches each, when in fact, all the six teams have played 5 games each (including the round robin group matches)?

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 11, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Go Windies.... all the way n win the cup. "Fire in the Babylon"

  • pauliangenius on February 11, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Go go west indies but you will never win the world cup

  • pauliangenius on February 11, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Go go west indies but you will never win the world cup

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 11, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Go Windies.... all the way n win the cup. "Fire in the Babylon"

  • Boxilla on February 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Completely disagree with you Pauliangenius as anybody can win the women's world cup if they set their mind to it. It is not a given that either Australia or NZ will win it! Also I wonder if someone would be good enough to explain the points table in the women's tournament as it has all the Super Six teams to date (11th February) as playing 4 matches each, when in fact, all the six teams have played 5 games each (including the round robin group matches)?

  • on February 11, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Excellent game of Cricket. Kudos to WI and also Anisa. Australia seems to be the team to beat in this competition but I hope, WI plays well as a team and wins the cup. All the best.

  • CrICkeeet on February 11, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Well done west indies..........

  • on February 11, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Way to go ladies, Campbell need to let Dottin bat at 4 with instructions to bat at leadt 50 balls for the team before she plays her own shots, she and Taylor are best 2 in the game in my view

  • kenos on February 11, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Good all-round, improving team quite capable of beating Australia twice to win the title. Win it or not, Congratulations.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 11, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Impressive from West Indies. Not so impressive from the umpires. Sets up two really intense matches in the final round. Multiple permutations possible including the West Indies losing to Australia and still reaching the Final on RR. Interesting!

  • on February 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    great performances by WI ladies. Just repeat what i said after India sri lanka match .if sri lanka allowed india to reach 251 then sri lanka would easily cruise to 1 st place battle or 3rd place battle n west Indies out at first round .lucky.. now the next 3 matches of super 6 is going to be virtually 3 practise matches for 1st. 3rd and 5th places .

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Great to see a wi ladies fight it out. But what a shame, the stadiums are empty. Can't believe this is a world cup match in a country like India where cricket is religion. I think these games should have been more hyped in the media. They should have shown more player interviews etc, to create interest.

    Going forward, all women teams should play more matches and these matches should be telecast and cric info should do a proper live coverage not just highlights.