WWC: White Ferns beat India by five wickets in second Super Six match

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The White Ferns have beaten India by five wickets in their second Super Six match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at North Sydney Oval in Australia.
 
Tight bowling and outstanding fielding from the White Ferns restricted the Indian top order early on.

Opening pair Sophie Devine and Kate Pulford bowled with genuine pace and returned excellent figures of two for 35 and two for 38 respectively.
 
When Nicola Browne replaced Pulford, she too was and she picked up the valuable wicket of Mithali Raj. Browne used late swing and changes in pace to tie the Indian batsmen down and ended with 28 for one off her ten overs.
 
Off-spinner Aimee Mason chipped in with a tidy spell of one for 24 off seven.
 
Indian opener Anjum Chopra played the anchor role and made a patient 52 off 106 as wickets fell at the other end.

The batting power-play was taken in the 44th over and proved fruitful with 42 runs scored for the loss of one wicket.  Reema Malhotra was the aggressor hitting 59 off 53 deliveries to help her side total 207 all out in 49-4 overs.

Outstanding close in fielding from White Ferns Captain Haidee Tiffen, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine helped restrict the Indians and their build up of pressure resulted in four run-outs.

Set 208 to win, The White Ferns began in an aggressively with Kate Pulford and Haidee Tiffen putting on 75 for the first wicket.
 
The partnership was broken when Tiffen was trapped LBW for 23 and the team score on 78.
 
Kate Pulford's powerful innings of 71 off 88 balls came to an end when she missed a turning ball from Priyanka Roy and was stumped for 71 off 88 balls.
 
The White Ferns lost their middle order cheaply but Suzie Bates, Aimee Mason and Nicola Browne stared the side to victory.

Mason was particularly devastating hitting 23 off 16 balls with Bates unbeaten on 47.

Gouher Sultana was the pick of the Indian attack with one for 32 off her full complement. 

The victory sees the White Ferns second on the table with six points with one game to play and on course for final showdown against England but needs to beat Pakistan to knock defending champion Australia out of the title race.

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