This is England’s second consecutive win after losing the first three matches. With this win, England’s team remains in the race for the semi-finals. It has removed New Zealand from fifth place. India, England and New Zealand each have four points. India and England have two matches left while New Zealand have only one match left.
England did not allow New Zealand to score big scores with the brilliant performance of their spinners. After this his top order started aggressively chasing 204 runs. Opener Danny Watt (12) fell victim to Jess Kerr while Tammy Beaumont (25) was clean bowled by Lee Tahuhu (1 for 18).
Captain Heather Knight made 42 off 53 balls but was dismissed lbw in the 23rd over by Frankie McKay. Wicketkeeper Amy Jones (01) also continued to move. Siever then put on a crucial 70-run partnership with Sophie Dunkley (33) to ensure England’s victory. After this, the New Zealand bowlers came back by taking wickets continuously and increased the pressure on England.
Earlier, after being invited to bat, New Zealand were heading for a one-time gigantic score with Devin scoring runs at will and Amelia Kerr (24) standing by. However, Devin had to retire hurt in the 15th over due to a back problem and Amelia Kerr became the first victim of Charlotte Dean (2 for 36) for 24. Then England came back well in the middle overs.
Experienced M Satterthwaite (24) and Green displayed belligerent spirit but England did well in the field to run out two players. However, England’s fielding was poor in the previous matches. Satterthwaite was lbw by Dean, then Krauss and Ecclestone finished New Zealand’s innings early by dismissing the tail batsmen.