New Zealand's hopes of reaching the women's cricket World Cup
final in India have nosedived following a 48-run loss to the
The White Ferns' first-ever loss to their Caribbean opponents
leaves them needing two outcomes to go their way in the final
round of Super Six matches on Wednesday if they are to meet
Australia in Sunday's final at Mumbai.
They must beat defending champions England and will need
Australia to continue their unbeaten run at the tournament
against the second-placed West Indies.
In that scenario, New Zealand and the West Indies would
finish second-equal, with a place in the final decided on net
New Zealand may be at an advantage as their day/night match
against England begins well after the Australia-West Indies
game, allowing New Zealand time to adjust their tactics.
New Zealand's batting let them down at Mumbai's Brabourne
Stadium on Monday after reducing the West Indies to 9-207.
They were dismissed for 159 in the 45th over, with a late 36
from wicketkeeper Rachel Priest and 30 from opener Suzie
Bates the only innings of note.
New Zealand captain Bates, the highest runscorer at the
tournament with 307 at an average of 76.75, was disappointed
her side's batting faltered at the worst possible time.
"There's going to be a lot of hurt, we didn't play well
enough," she said.
"We needed at least one big partnership."
Bates said the bowling could have also been better in
conditions which suited them after winning the toss.
"We thought there would be enough in the wicket early but
gave away too many boundaries at one stage."
West Indies opener Stafanie Taylor profited with 49 while an
unbeaten 31 from No.10 Anisa Mohammed proved crucial after
her team had stuttered to 8-159.
Morna Nielsen took 3-27 with her left-arm spin while Bates
and Sian Ruck both claimed two scalps. Impressive left-arm
seamer Ruck has taken 10 wickets at the tournament at 12.6.
New Zealand's run chase wasn't helped by some questionable
Opener Frances Mackay and key batsmen Sophie Devine and
Nicola Browne all appeared unlucky to be given out lbw
against balls swinging considerably - most notably from
seamer Tremayne Smartt, who took three wickets.
It meant nobody could offer support to Bates, whose dismissal
was New Zealand's sixth with the score at 83.