Opening bowlers Sian Ruck and Lea Tahuhu led the way as the White Ferns crushed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their women's World Cup Super Six cricket match in Mumbai today.
The pair took seven wickets between them as New Zealand dismissed Sri Lanka for just 103 in 42 overs.
The Kiwis then rattled off the required runs in 23 overs with Frances Mackay (39 not out), Suzie Bates (37) and Sophie Devine (29 not out), cruising at the crease.
But it was the New Zealand bowlers who laid the platform for this vital win against one of the tournament upstarts.
They squeezed the life out of the Sri Lankan batters with Tahuhu (4-27) and Ruck (3-60) in outstanding form with their 10-over contributions.
Mackay chipped in with 2-18 for a fine allround effort.
Winning the toss and choosing to field, Tahuhu struck with her first ball, bowling Yasoda Mendis, who had scored heavily in Sri Lanka's two victories in the first round.
Sri Lanka never recovered as the New Zealand bowlers made the most of the helpful conditions.
"We came out and we expected a really tough game against an improved Sri Lankan side," New Zealand skipper Bates said, happy to collect a comfortable two points.
"After we won the toss today, it was difficult [for them] in the morning in varying conditions first up. We got early wickets which put them on the back foot. It was easier than we had perhaps planned for, so we are really happy with the win."
The win lifted New Zealand to second on the points table behind Australia, who beat England by two runs overnight.
In the other match, the West Indies beat South Africa by two wickets.
New Zealand's next match is against the West Indies in Mumbai on Monday night (NZ time).
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