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West Indies eves thrash New Zealand by 48 runs

West Indies today emerged as one of the leading title contenders after thrashing New Zealand by 48 runs in their second Super Six stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at Brabourne Stadium. With the odds stacked against after three losses and one no result in their previous four clashes against New Zealand, the West Indies pulled off a comprehensive victory after bowling out their opponents for 159 in 44.3 overs, which kept themselves in hunt for a berth in the final.

New Zealand, who had opted to bat second, started their run chase of 208 with a stutter, as they lost opener Frances Mackay (4), one-down Sarah McGlashan (18) and Sophie Devine (9) within 10 overs for only 47 runs. West Indies pacer Tremanye Smartt’s devastating first spell of 7-0-26-3 was the main reason behind New Zealand’s poor start.

Smartt provided her side with the initial breakthroughs as she trapped Mackay and then castled McGlashan. The 27-year old also got rid of Devine, though the batter was unlucky to be have been given leg before. New Zealand middle-order struggled against spin and things nosedived for last edition’s runner-up when they lost their in-form captain Suzie Bates, to be reduced to 83 for six.
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