Mumbai: India warmed up for this week's ICC Women's World Cup with a comfortable eight-wicket win over New Zealand on Monday at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. A polished effort in the field kept the opposition to 201 and the chase was sealed with 39 deliveries remaining with each of the top four batsmen getting into runs ahead of India's opener against West Indies on January 31 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Mithali Raj's decision to field first was vindicated by her bowlers, in particularly former captain Jhulan Goswami whose 3 for 26 included the first wicket and two in one over as India checked the lower order. Three New Zealanders got starts but only Sara McGlashan (56) and Frances MacKay (69) made any real impact. The pair put on the highest stand of the innings (88) after New Zealand slipped to 44 for 3.
A collapse sparked by the exit of Nicola Browne to left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana (2 for 35) left New Zealand falling short of a decent total. From 160 for 4 the innings fell to 167 for 8 as Sultana and Goswami took two wickets in an over. The No. 10 Lea Tuhuhu (10) got the score past 200 but the innings was over in 47.5 overs.
Poonam Raut (69) and Thirush Kamini (43) put on 119 for the opening wicket and with more than half the target achieved, there was little New Zealand could do. Raut and Kamini fell within two runs of each other but Raj (36*) and Harmanpreet Kaur (46*) hastened victory with a stand of 83.
Brief scores: India Women 204 for 2 in 43.3 overs (Poonam Raut 69*) beat New Zealand Women 201 in 47.5 overs (Sara McGlashan 56, Frances MacKay 69; Jhulan Goswami 3/26) by eight wickets