Day 6 Wrap: Pakistan, New Zealand and England register huge wins; inspired Ireland advance
NEW ZEALAND OBLITERATE WEST INDIES
Toss: New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first
Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets
New Zealand produced a stunning all-round display to dismantle West Indies in an encounter between the top two from Group C.
Only a single West Indies player reached double figures, with number 10 Earnisha Fontaine finishing unbeaten on 11* as the Caribbean outfit were skittled for 68 in 19.2 overs.
A steady start came to an abrupt end as three wickets fell in seven balls at the end of the Powerplay, with star West Indies batter Zaida James one of those sent packing by Olivia Anderson (2/14).
A stunning bowling display saw Kate Chandler (3/8 from four overs), Abigail Hotton (2/10 from four) stand out, with Kayley Knight (1/6) and Anna Browning (1/8) also impressing.
And the Kiwis chased down their target in 7.2 overs, reaching 72 without losing a single wicket.
Georgia Plimmer bludgeoned 41* of those runs from just 22 deliveries, with Anna Browning facing an identical number of balls and finishing unbeaten on 28*.
SENSATIONAL PAKISTAN CONSIGN ZIMBABWE TO FOURTH SPOT
Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first
Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Pakistan hit top gear at the right moment to seal a Super Six place and leave Zimbabwe bottom at the conclusion of Group B.
A solid performance with the ball helped Pakistan restrict their opponents to just 97/6 in the full 20 overs. A tidy opening spell saw the run rate remain sluggish. And the pace of scoring rarely improved throughout the innings, with the exception of when an impressive Kelis Ndhlovu began to fire.
Ndhlovu top-scored by some distance with 42 from 35 balls.
Zimbabwe’s hopes of defending their low total were smashed to smithereens by an inspired Eyman Fatima, who blasted 12 boundaries, including two maximums, en-route to an unbeaten 62* from 35 balls.
Fatima and fellow opener Shawaal Zulfiqar (32* from 30) cruised to the target without a wicket being taken, as Pakistan reached 100 without loss in 10.5 overs.
Victory ensured Pakistan finish second in Group B behind England and also secures a Super Six spot for Rwanda, with Zimbabwe left without a win at the foot of the table.
IRELAND SECURE SUPER SIX SPOT
Toss: Ireland won the toss and chose to bat
Result: Ireland won by 49 runs
Ireland proved too good for Indonesia to secure the third and final qualification spot in Group C.
Indonesia swung between erratic and incisive with the ball, as they conceded 11 extras while also striking three times within the powerplay overs. Georgina Dempsey (50 from 38) and Zara Craig (52* from 45) then combined some purposeful running with aggressive batting to add 93 runs for the fourth wicket, Ireland’s best stand of the tournament.
Ireland made 156/5 in their allotted overs as Ketut Dewi (2/23) and Ni Ariani (3/30) took the honours with the ball.
All-rounder Dempsey began the second innings with a brilliant opening spell, bowling two maidens and taking a wicket in the powerplay overs.
After being reduced to 19/3 within the first five overs, Indonesia batters Dewi (34* from 40) and Thersiana Penu Weo (11 from 21) capitalised on some loose Ireland bowling to stitch together a partnership of 23 runs.
However, after Penu Weo fell to Craig (2/4), Indonesia looked like they had settled to bat out their quota of overs rather than going for an unlikely win.
ENGLAND DOMINATE RWANDA IN BIG WIN
Toss: England won the toss and chose to bat
Result: England won by 138 runs.
England’s mammoth win over Rwanda saw the team take complete control, with several of their players showing good form before the Super Six.
England put the inexperienced Rwanda side under pressure early on with some attacking stroke play. Skipper Grace Scrivens (52 from 43) and Liberty Heap (64 from 35) added 124 runs in merely 12.3 overs, with no Rwanda bowler escaping punishment as the duo hit 17 fours and two sixes in their stand.
Sylvia Usabyimana (3/39) broke the stand by getting rid of Liberty, and accounted for Scrivens as well a couple of deliveries later. Thereafter, the African side were able to stifle England’s scoring rate with regular breakthroughs and held them below 200.
Chasing a target of 184 runs, Rwanda lost wickets at regular intervals as England proved to be unrelenting.
Henriette Ishimwe (12 from 11) was the only batter to reach double figures as Rwanda were shot out for 45.
Alexa Stonehouse (2/9), Ryana Macdonald-Gay (2/1), Davina Parrin (2/5) and Hannah Baker (2/9) found little difficulty in running through the opposition.