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June 13, 2009
Stafanie Taylor's second fifty in as many matches wasn't enough for West Indies who were outplayed and beaten by New Zealand by 52 runs in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at Taunton. Suzie Bates starred for New Zealand with a thumpingly powerful 60 from 39, opening the innings - a position she doesn't always occupy. "I really enjoyed it," she told Cricinfo. "It's a lot of fun. I'm enjoying opening the batting and playing on a wicket like this at Taunton, [with such a] fast outfield. It's really enjoyable; you get value for shots." Bates and Lucy Doolan, who made 41 from 38, put on a match-seizing stand of 94 for the opening wicket, but West Indies fought back impressively to restrict them to 158 for 6. Taylor picked up 2 for 25 but West Indies shelled a number of chances in the outfield. West Indies also got off to a good start, thanks to Taylor, but New Zealand's bowlers were too accurate and disciplined - Doolan picking up 3 for 16 - and Taylor was left unbeaten on 58 as her side fell 52 runs short. To run salt into their wounds, West Indies could be without Shanel Daley for their next game after she was stretchered off the field with a severely sprained ankle, following a collision with her team-mate, Stacy-Ann King, on the midwicket boundary.
Anjum Chopra ensured India kept their cool, guiding her side to a five-wicket win over Pakistan. Chasing what appeared to be a facile 76 to win, India slumped to 16 for 3 which soon became 36 for 4 when Priyanka Roy - the star with the ball earlier in the day - was caught by Qanita Jalil off Sana Mir. But Chopra, opening the batting, held firm in her 52-ball innings, stroking five fours in the process as India reached their target in the 18th over. The honours go to Roy, however, whose 5 for 16 decimated Pakistan. Rumeli Dhar got the ball rolling with the first three wickets, including Nain Abidi for 17 - Pakistan's top-scorer - but thereafter Roy took control and offered no width and scant scoring opportunities as Pakistan's feeble innings came to a juddering halt on 75.
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