White Ferns thrashed by India in Mumbai
New Zealand have been hammered by hosts India in the first of two women's World Cup cricket warmup matches in Mumbai, giving a clear and timely reminder that they won't be able to focus on bigwigs England and Australia alone.
The White Ferns collapsed late in their innings to be all out for 201 in 47.5 overs before India cruised to victory, reaching the target for the loss of just two wickets and with a whopping 6.3 overs to spare.
New Zealand headed for India buoyed by a 2-1 Twenty20 series win over Australia in Melbourne last week, their first series triumph on Australian soil for 26 years, and confident of breaking up the England-Australia dominance of major trophies in women's cricket during the past eight years.
But India showed they will be a handful on their home turf in the 50-over World Cup, and with the West Indies also now a major threat in the women's game, the White Ferns will need to have eyes in the back of their heads during the coming weeks.
The Ferns had built a useful platform to launch from at 160-4 after 36 overs, thanks to 69 from 101 balls from allrounder Frances Mackay and 56 from 66 from Sara McGlashan, but they lost four wickets for seven runs off the next four overs and limped through to 201.
Opening bowler Jhulan Goswami did most of the damage for the hosts, with 3-26 from eight overs.
India had few troubles in the chase. Punam Raut (69) and Thirush Kamini (43) put on 119 for the first wicket at close to five runs an over before captain Mithali Raj (36 not out) and Harmanpreet Kaur (46 not out) finished the job off with 39 balls in hand.
New Zealand are scheduled to play another warmup
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