Women's World Cup: West Indies out for 48, Pakistan skittled for 74
South Africa and India earn huge wins; Australia beat New Zealand
By Keith Moore
Last Updated: 02/07/17 10:06pm
West Indies and Pakistan had days to forget as they were skittled for 48 and 74 respectively in the Women's World Cup on Sunday.
West Indies were beaten by ten wickets as South Africa's openers easily chased down their total, while Pakistan failed to capitalise on a good bowling performance as they lost to India by 95 runs in Derby.
South Africa tear through West Indies
Marizanne Kapp (4-14) provided the early damage for the South Africans, dismissing Reniece Boyce, Kyshona Knight and Deandra Dottin in a single over to put West Indies under huge pressure at 16-5 from eight overs.
West Indies recovered somewhat, before Dane van Niekerk wrapped up the innings with incredible figures of 4-0 from 3.2 overs to reduce the West Indies to the sixth lowest total in Women's World Cup history.
Chedean Nation scored 26 of the West Indies' runs, becoming the only player to pass four, while Shabnim Ismail took South Africa's other wickets.
It is 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.
South Africa openers Laura Wolvaardt (19) and Lizelle Lee (29) were able to easily chase down the total in 6.1 overs to end the weekend third in the standings.
"It was quite surreal, if I could script it I would not have written it like that. We had our plans coming into the game and it worked to the tee. I'm really proud of the bowlers, especially my two opening bowlers, they were world-class."
Dane van Niekerk
Pakistan batsmen fail to fire
In Derby, Pakistan bowled well to restrict India to 169-9 in their 50 overs, but their batsmen failed to contribute as they were bowled out for a disappointing total of 74.
Diana Baig got Pakistan off to a good start by dismissing Smriti Mandhana in the fourth over to pin India back on 7-1, before Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma steadied the ship with a 67-run second-wicket partnership.
However, the scoring rate was too low, and when India started losing wickets at steady intervals, including Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma in the same over to make it 93-4, Pakistan were able to pile on the pressure as India finished with a below-par total.
Nashra Sandhu was the star bowler for Pakistan, with career-best figures of 4-26 from her 10 overs, but her team-mates were unable to build on the performance with the bat.
Ekta Bisht led the charge for India with impressive figures of 5-18 off her 10 overs, with Deepti Sharma offering two wickets and Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi and Harmanpreet Kaur picking up one each as India thrashed their rivals to go top of the standings.
Australia go second after beating Kiwis
There was no such collapse in Bristol as Australia successfully chased down New Zealand's total of 219 to claim a five-wicket victory which sent the Australians into second place in the overall standings.
New Zealand were taken to a decent total thanks to half-centuries from skipper Suzannah Bates (51) and Katie Perkins (52), while Jessica Jonassen (3-33) and Megan Schutt (3-40) led the charge for the Australian bowlers.
It looked as though the Aussies might stutter in their run chase when Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani were dismissed on consecutive deliveries, but Ellyse Perry (71) and Alexandra Blackwell (36 not out) steered their side to a comfortable win at the Bristol County Ground.