Aus­tralia, In­dia eye semi-fi­nals as Windies suf­fer WWC hu­mil­i­a­tion

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LON­DON: Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia and In­dia both made it three wins from three as they closed on semi-fi­nal places at the Women’s World Cup on Sun­day, while the West Indies were bowled out for just 48. Aus­tralia made New Zealand pay for a be­low-par to­tal by reach­ing a tar­get of 220 for the loss of five wick­ets with eight balls to spare at Bris­tol.

Ell­yse Perry, who made her name as a fast bowler, scored 71 as she reached the land­mark of 2,000 one-day in­ter­na­tional runs. “To­day has been our big­gest test against a fan­tas­tic team in New Zealand, they al­ways give us a tough game,” said Perry. In­dia were held to 169 for nine by Pak­istan at Derby only to bowl out their arch-ri­vals for just 74 for a 95-run win, with left-arm spin­ner Ekta Bisht tak­ing five for 18. “She’s de­liv­ered time and again for In­dia and I’m very proud of her,” said In­dia cap­tain Mithali Raj of Bisht.

Ear­lier, West Indies, the reign­ing World Twenty20 cham­pi­ons, slumped to a 10wicket de­feat by South Africa as their cam­paign suf­fered a new low in Le­ices­ter Chedean Na­tion, with 26, was the only West Indies bats­man to make dou­ble fig­ures as South Africa cap­tain Dane van Niek­erk be­came the first bowler, in ei­ther men’s or women’s in­ter­na­tional cricket, to take four wick­ets with­out con­ced­ing a run in her fi­nal fig­ures.

‘SUR­REAL’

But the real dam­age to the West Indies’ hopes was done by Marizanne Kapp and Shab­nim Is­mail, who re­duced the Caribbean side to 16 for five.

Kapp took four for 14 and van Niek­erk an as­ton­ish­ing four for none in 3.2 overs.

“It was quite sur­real, if I could script it I would not have writ­ten it like that,” said van Niek­erk. To make matters even worse for the West Indies, they dropped both South Africa open­ers off suc­ces­sive balls, the Proteas com­plet­ing their chase in just 6.4 overs. “I think their bowl­ing was very good...But from our side, we just needed to ex­e­cute our skills much bet­ter,” said West Indies opener Hay­ley Matthews, out for four. West Indies’ to­tal the low­est score at a World Cup since Den­mark were bowled out for 47 by Eng­land in 1993, al­though Pak­istan still hold the record af­ter man­ag­ing just 27 against Aus­tralia in 1997.

On a day when all the teams in the tour­na­ment were in ac­tion, Eng­land over­pow­ered Sri Lanka by seven wick­ets at Taun­ton as they made it two wins from three.

Re­called spin­ner Laura Marsh took four for 45 as Sri Lanka were held to 204 for eight, with Chamari Atha­p­aththu, fresh from her stun­ning 178 not out against Aus­tralia, caught be­hind for one off Nat Sciver. Eng­land cap­tain Heather Knight made 82 and wicket-keeper Sarah Tay­lor, an un­beaten 74 — her first fifty since re­turn­ing to the side fol­low­ing anx­i­ety is­sues. “We knew she was bat­ting well but to go out and do it in the mid­dle is re­ally pleas­ing af­ter the last year she has had,” said Knight of Tay­lor.

All the teams in­volved will play each other the once, with the top four go­ing on to the semi-fi­nals.

South Africa, Eng­land and New Zealand are in the chas­ing pack be­hind Aus­tralia and In­dia. But Sri Lanka, Pak­istan and the West Indies are in dan­ger of be­ing cast adrift, with all three teams yet to win a match. — AFP

DERBY: In­dia’s Sushma Verma cel­e­brates with In­dia’s Har­man­preet Kaur af­ter tak­ing a catch to dis­miss Pak­istan’s Bibi Nahida dur­ing the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan at County Ground in Derby, Eng­land, Sun­day. —AP

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