18 Mar 2009

White Ferns on course for World Cup final

5:20 am on 18 March 2009

New Zealand's five wicket win over India keeps the White Ferns on course for final showdown with England at the women's cricket World Cup in Sydney.

They have six points and can set up a repeat of 1993 World Cup final at Lord's against England if they beat eighth-placed Pakistan tomorrow.

Australia's only chance is to beat England tomorrow and hope Pakistan wins.

Tight bowling and outstanding fielding with four runouts restricted India's top order batting line-up and they were all out for 207 in the 50th over.

Pace bowlers Sophie Devine and Kate Pulford took two wickets each and the player of the match Pulford also top-scored with 71.

The White Ferns won with 15 balls to spare becoming the first side in the tournament to score more than 200 runs in the second innings to win a match.