New Zealand v South Africa, Women's World T20, Group A, Bangalore March 26, 2016

NZ Women complete dominant win to knock SA out

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Women 100 for 3 (Bates 29, Priest 28) beat South Africa Women 99 (Devine 3-16, Kasperek 3-19) by seven wickets

New Zealand Women produced a clinical performance to knock South Africa out of the tournament, after a resounding seven-wicket win in Bangalore. New Zealand hunted down the target of 100 with 33 balls to spare after bowling South Africa out in the last over. With this result, Australia join New Zealand in the semi-finals from Group A.

South Africa's openers - Trisha Chetty and Dane van Niekerk - added 21 after being inserted, but the New Zealand bowlers kept chipping away thereafter. Marizanne Kapp anchored the middle overs with a steady 22, but substantial partnerships were hard to come by.

Just as South Africa were looking for a late surge, they lost their five wickets for nine runs in the space of 11 balls, with Sophie Devine taking three of them in the penultimate over of the innings. Leigh Kasperek contributed with three wickets to become the tournament's highest wicket-taker, with nine scalps.

Suzie Bates, the competition's leading run-scorer, and her opening partner Rachel Priest, the third highest on the run charts, added 57 in just 50 balls to effectively kill the game. Both fell within the space of two overs, though, and Kapp trapped Sara McGlashan soon after, but it was too late. Devine provided the finishing touches with a 17-ball 27, an innings that featured three fours and a six.

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  • Marius on March 27, 2016, 11:24 GMT

    Congratulations to the Kiwi ladies. To the tournament organisers... the first game we'll see the SA ladies on television it will be a dead rubber - NOT IDEAL.

  • Tony on March 26, 2016, 23:44 GMT

    One has to pay respect to the NZ cricketers and system. Intelligence and physical smarts. Country of less than 5 million - and the dominant sport is rugby. Hats off to them.

  • Pierre on March 26, 2016, 19:46 GMT

    ICC T20 WC - India 2016 . NZ - played 8 . Won 8 ! Go Kiwi guys and girls !!

  • William on March 26, 2016, 19:33 GMT

    Again the kiwi ladies show the world they are a force.. didn't see the game but will look for a replay.

  •   Shararti Larka on March 26, 2016, 18:24 GMT

    Love to see new Zealand on thee top

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