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India vs New Zealand Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights: Shikha Pandey defends 4 off last ball

India vs New Zealand Women's (IND W vs NZ W) T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights: India had posted 133/8 in their 20 overs. Kerr took the game to the last ball but Shikha Pandey executed a perfect final ball of the match to see India through by 4 runs.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 27, 2020 1:05:43 pm
India defeated New Zealand by 4 runs and to qualify for the semifinals with their third win on the trot. (Twitter/T20WorldCup)

India vs New Zealand Women’s (IND W vs NZ W) T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights: India survived a late onslaught from young all-rounder Amelia Kerr to defeat New Zealand by 4 runs and to qualify for the semifinals with their third win on the trot. India had posted 133/8 in their 20 overs batting first. Kerr took the game to the last ball but Shikha Pandey executed a perfect final ball of the match to see India through by 4 runs.

Shafali Verma’s attacking 46 was the big story in the first innings. India looked set for a score around the 150-mark when she was batting but New Zealand managed to come back into the match with some quick wickets. New Zealand lost their top order and India had the upper hand till the last few overs of the chase, till Amelia Kerr’s 19-ball 34 brought life into the chase. India have become the first team from Group A to qualify for the semifinals with three wins from three matches.

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India vs New Zealand Women's T20 World Cup Highlights:

12:36 (IST)27 Feb 2020
India through to semis

Needing 34 off the last two, Kerr took the tournament's highest wicket-taker - Poonam Yadav - to the cleaners to force a tense final over. Shikha Pandey prevailed.

12:25 (IST)27 Feb 2020
India win by 4 runs

Kerr misses out. Shikha Pandey bowls a superb yorker. Amelia Kerr can only connect with her pads awkwardly. She knows the moment she hits it that she has not connected. What a chase! What a finish to the match! What a valiant effort from Amelia Kerr! But it is India who prevail. Shikha Pandey keeps her nerve. And India get over the line. Just about.

12:23 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Four

Scopped by Kerr for four. 5 needed to win off the last ball. 4 to get us into a Super Over. Thrilling finale, courtesy Amelia Kerr! Pandey to kerr. Here we go.

12:22 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Single

Only a single. Mandhana cuts it off. Jensen back on strike. 10 needed off 3 balls. Another single. Kerr gets back on strike. 9 runs needed off 2 balls

12:21 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Double turned down

Plenty of time to get back for a couple but Kerr turns it down. She wants to be on strike. 11 needed off 4.

12:21 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Four

12 needed off 5. An edge gets Jensen a four to fine leg. Kerr was running down to get back on strike. But that is four. And Jensen to face again.

12:20 (IST)27 Feb 2020
More runs: NZ need 16 runs off 1 over

Amelia Kerr finds the fence twice more in the over. To the extra cover fence. Excellent batting from the youngster. 18 runs come off the Poonam Yadav over. This will now force an exciting last over. Pandey to bowl. NZ need 16 runs to win off 6 balls

12:17 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Amelia Kerr goes big

A four to fine leg and a couple of runs to long off to start the 19th over from Amelia Kerr. And she again uses the same shot to fine leg for another four. She has come up with an unique approach to face Poonam yadav's lack of pace and it is working. 10 runs off the first 3 balls. NZ need 24 runs off 9 balls and India make some changes to their field.

12:15 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 100/5 after 18 overs

Run outs are missed at either end off the last ball of the Deepti Sharma over. New Zealand survive the loss of further wickets but this chase is reaching unreachable proportions right now. NZ need 34 runs off 12 balls and the tournament's highest wicket taker Poonam Yadav comes on to bowl the 19th.

12:12 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 94/5 after 17 overs

A wicket and 8 runs off the 17th over. Hayley Jensen has joined Kerr. Deepti Sharma bowls the 18th. Poonam and Shikha to bowl the last 2 overs. New Zealand need 40 off 18 balls and they must be wondering where these runs are going to come from. India are putting in some great work in the infield to stop even the singles.

12:09 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Wicket

Martin is out. Caught in the deep. Radha Yadav gets het first wicket. Martin goes for 25 off 28 balls. Jemimah Rodrigues gets the catch near the boundary rope. New Zealand have lost their top half now and need a bit of a miracle. They need 44 from 21 balls

12:08 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Radha Yadav bowls her last over

Katey Martin finds the fence off the first ball of the over. 

12:05 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 86/4 after 16 overs

Kerr pierces the off side field for a four. Much needed runs for New Zealand. Deepti Sharma has come on to bowl her 3rd over. She got the big wicket of Suzie Bates in her last over. Deepti throws it very wide off the off stump and the batsman follows and thrashes it without too much effect. Another great over from Deepti. NZ need 48 off 4 overs

12:03 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 79/4 after 15 overs

With 5 overs left in the match, and with Rajeshwari Gayakwad trapping Maddy Green in the last over, India have a firm upper hand in the last part of this chase. The required run rate has gone above 10. And New Zealand need to push their foot on the gas now. NZ need 55 off 5 overs

11:59 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Wicket

Maddy Green is gone. Her 24 brought NZ back into the game after the top order departed. She is caught by the keeper off Gayakwad. And India get their breakthrough again. Amelia Kerr comes in at 6. NZ 77/3 after 14.1 overs.

11:56 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 77/3 after 14 overs

Shikha Pandey comes back on for her 3rd over. The first ball beats the bat and goes through to the keeper. Singles come off the following balls. Green and Martin are throwing their bats at it but are not finding the sweet spot. Six runs off the over. NZ need 57 runs off 36 balls

11:53 (IST)27 Feb 2020
NZ 71/3 after 13 overs

Poonam Yadav is continuing to toss the ball up to the batsman. Martin having a tough time with her. She does get hold of the fifth ball and that races away to the deep midwicket fence. Things are heating up in this chase with 7 overs to go. NZ need 63 runs from 42 balls

11:50 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Six - NZ 65/3 after 12 overs

Maddy Green goes big. Runs have started coming for the White Ferns. 10 runs in that over to follow up on the 9-run over. maddy Green moves into her 20s. She is looking to take responsibility for this chase. NZ need 69 from 48 balls

11:47 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Big over

Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowls an expensive over as New Zealand get some relief from the twin Yadav attack. Two fours in that over - from either batsmen, on either side of the wicket - to bring up 9 runs in that over. NZ 55/3 after 11 overs

11:44 (IST)27 Feb 2020
End of 10 overs: NZ need 88 off 60 balls

Green gets some pressure off New Zealand with a four to end the 10th over. Pushed to third man. That shot was more placement than timing. NZ get to 46/3 after the first 10 overs. They need 88 to win off the next 10 overs. India have the upper hand slightly at the midway point in the stage. At this stage, India were 75/2.