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World T20: New Zealand completes World T20 double over Australia with women's triumph

The most familiar of foes has become a thorn in Australia's side at this World Twenty20 championship.

Days after Steve Smith's men's side was defeated by New Zealand's Black Caps in its opening group stage match, the defending champion women's team has also fallen to our nearest cricketing neighbour.

The Southern Stars were thrashed in fact, failing to adjust to the painfully slow and low pitch at Nagpur's Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium as the White Ferns breezed to a six-wicket victory with 22 balls remaining.

The defeat, which effectively hands New Zealand top spot in Group A of the women's tournament, was a stumble in the ambitions of Meg Lanning's side to complete a fourth successive World T20 triumph.

On the same strip on which India's men were upset by the Black Caps last week, the Australians were always up against it after slumping to 4-4 as New Zealand captain Suzie Bates bowled out her opening pair, spinners Morna Nielsen and Leigh Kasperek, in the first eight overs. Nielsen delivered a staggering 21 dot balls from her four overs.


Lanning herself was run out for nought and as they struggled to manufacture their own pace, with only a gritty 42 from 48 balls from Ellyse Perry and support from all-rounder Jess Jonassen (23 from 22) salvaging the total that wound up at 8-103.

If that seemed as if it might present a serious challenge for the Kiwis to chase in the conditions then they had other ideas. Openers Bates (23) and Rachel Priest (34) led the pursuit with a minimum of fuss.

"We certainly made it look very difficult to bat, especially early on," Perry said. "Obviously New Zealand bowled really well and their spinners were quite accurate in the way that they targeted the stumps and the lower and slower it got the harder it was to hit it off the square.

"It took us a while to adjust to the pace of the pitch and there was some turn there but not as much as we thought there might be. It was more that it was slow and low."

Perry said the result wasn't deflating.

"Obviously it gives us something to work on and we have a few days of training before our next match which is great and everyone will be really keen to get out there and just work on the things that didn't quite come off for us today," she said.

"But the beauty of playing World Cups is you've got games coming quick and fast so I think everyone will be really looking forward to going out there and improving on some things we can improve on in these group matches and hopefully qualify for the semi-finals."

The White Ferns were too strong despite a marathon commute from Chandigarh to Nagpur in which they had stopovers at Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai and changed planes twice.

Australia are now second in their group, four points behind New Zealand, with games against Sri Lanka (on Thursday) and Ireland (on Saturday) in Delhi to come.