New Zealand scored a second emphatic weekend victory at the women's World Cup last night pounding Pakistan by seven wickets at Cuttack in India.
Canterbury pace bowler Rachel Candy produced the spectacular figures of five for 19 from 10 overs with three maidens as Pakistan was dismissed for a paltry 104 in 41.2 overs. She was backed by Nic Browne with two for 12 and a tight spell from Kate Broadmore whose 10 overs yielded just 15.
The New Zealanders then made light of the target winning in the 30th over, with only three wickets down.
Meanwhile all-rounder Sophie Devine smashed an unbeaten 145 to post the second highest score by a New Zealand women's player in a one-day international during her team's 151-run trouncing of South Africa in India on Saturday.
Devine cut loose in the closing stages of her innings as 120 runs were poured on in 10 overs at Cuttack.
Devine's 145 was struck from 131 balls with 13 fours and six sixes. It was the second highest score by a New Zealand player behind captain Suzie Bates who smote 168 against minnow Pakistan at Sydney at the last World Cup in 2009. New Zealand's 320 for five was their fourth highest 50-over tally.
Devine shared century stands with Bates who cracked 74 from 91 balls as they added 127 for the third wicket, while Devine also whipped up 101 for the fifth wicket with Nic Browne who lashed a dazzling 40 from 20 balls.
South Africa slumped to 82 for seven - with Sian Ruck, Morna Nielsen and Lea Tahuhu among the wickets - before being dismissed for 170 in the 41st over.
New Zealand's stocks not only soared from that win but also from the unexpected loss of reigning champions England to Sri Lanka on the final ball of their match.
England made 238 but Sri Lanka finished on 244 for nine.
Controversial New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was bought for US$260,000 (NZ$307,580) to play for the Delhi Daredevils in this season's Indian Premier League at the player auction in India last night.
New Zealand 320-5 (S Devine 145no, S Bates 74, N Browne 40, S McGlashan 32) beat South Africa 170 in 41 overs (S Benade 37; S Ruck 4-31, M Nielsen 3-34, L Tahuhu 2-27) by 151 runs.
- The Press
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