Kiwis march on after dumping Pakistan Women out of World Cup – talking points

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The Kiwis decimated the Pakistani batting lineup and then made quick work of the chase to stay above board in the race for semifinal spots at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

New Zealand continued their fine showing with the ball at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup as they ripped through Pakistan in Saturday’s match-up to restrict them to another woefully low total. The Kiwis then blazed through the chase, wrapping up the victory in just 15 overs to make it three wins out of five in their campaign so far.

Placed in fourth, the Kiwis currently sit above South Africa with a superior Net Run Rate, despite having equal points. But they still have tough games against hosts England and then India, and will need to take points from them to make it to the semis. For Pakistan, though, the road ends in the group stage as they lie rock bottom without a single win.

Let’s look at the main talking points from Saturday’s game at Taunton’s County Ground:

1. Miserable batting collapse fast becoming Pakistan’s calling card

Another decent start followed by a catastrophic collapse. Pakistan seem to be going nowhere with their batting. Without decent totals, or a keenness and discipline to chase down targets, this team will continue to flounder in failures.

The pitch for Saturday’s game was a fairly decent surface to bat on. And the Pakistani openers Ayesha Zafar and Nahida Khan began well, scoring at a steady rate for the initial few overs. But once Zafar fell in the 8th, the rest began keeling over at a steady rate. Even though Pakistan almost managed to play out their quota of fifty overs, doing so is pointless at this rate.

2. The Kiwis may be one of the most balanced sides in the competition

Given a choice it seems New Zealand would do well to stick to their formula – put the opponents in to bat first, apply a tight chokehold on their run rate, and then smash their way to the target as quickly as possible.

It’s been working fairly well thus far. And it’s quick and efficient to boot. The Kiwis have the quality in their side to pull off such wins.

Sophie Devine appears in explosive form, smashing nine sixes on Saturday against Pakistan in a 41-ball knock of 93. Priest is in good form too, though she fell early to Pakistan. And they clearly have a fine group of bowlers, with debutante Rowe the latest addition, emerging with match-winning figures on Saturday.

With such a balanced squad, the Kiwis may be up for anything.

3. Pakistan Women need to follow their captain’s lead

The women in green, on the other hand, have a lot of work to do going by their performances in the tournament. Their batting line-up has failed in every match thus far. And even their bowling has been done in by inconsistencies, poor fielding and strange tactics. Of all the players only captain Sana Mir acquitted herself somewhat with some decent performances.

On Saturday too, it was Mir who stuck around longest, managing a respectable half-century before departing. If nothing else, the other Pakistani batswomen could do some of her fortitude to make something of their remaining fixtures, even if their exit is confirmed following this defeat.

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Pakistan Women captain Sana Mir:

“The experience has been quite tough. We know these batsmen have potential but they’ve not been delivering throughout the tournament so the confidence goes up and down. The bowling, other than this match, has been good.

“Once someone bats like Devine gets going, there’s hardly anything you can do. The spinners couldn’t do much with the new ball, like they do when it gets older. Full credit to Devine.

“Going forward, I think responsibility is the word. Every player has to take responsibility. We’ve two games and we have to get good results for ourselves and for our country.

“We have the potential. We need to bring our courage out. I have belief in them, this is a team that has come back many times from losses in the past.”

New Zealand Women captain Suzie Bates:

“When you have a player like Devine, who can go out and hit like that, it’s good to watch. As a group something we really need to work on is to use people like Priest and Devine effectively. We’ve got 15 players competing for the XI and that’s what we want.”

Player of the Match Hannah Rowe, who also made her debut in the match:

“It’s a pretty great feeling. I was stoked to get out there. I’ve been going through a few changes with my bowling, been working with Jacob Oram and it’s coming through. I think every pace bowler wants the new ball and I’m certainly putting it in the right areas. Looking forward to more.”

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