Browne`s four helps NZ eves crush Pak by six wickets

Updated: May 11, 2010, 17:25 PM IST

Basseterre: Medium pacer Nicola Browne broke Pakistan`s back with her four-wicket haul as New Zealand crushed their Asian opponents by six wickets with 70 balls to spare in a lop-sided Women`s Twenty20 World Cup Group B match.

After restricting Pakistan to 65 for nine, New Zealand women overhauled the meagre target with four wickets in hand at the Warner Park.

Opting to bat, Pakistan were off to a disastrous start as Browne scalped both the openers Nain Abidi (11) and Nida Dar (9) cheaply.

Browne and her bowling colleagues maintained a stifling line and length while Pakistan kept losing wickets in regular intervals.

Besides Abidi, only two other batswomen -- Urooj Mumtaz (14) and Sania Khan (15) -- managed double digit scores.

Browne (4/15), who removed Pakistan captain Sana Mir (0) for her third wicket in the eighth over, struck for the fourth time by scalping Javeria Khan (4) in her next over.

For New Zealand, Kate Broadmore, Lucy Doolan and Sophie Devine bagged one wicket apiece.

Chasing the paltry target, Kiwis suffered an early loss in the form of Suzie Bates (4), but Sophie Devine (23) and skipper Aimee Watkins (15) provided a good recovery.

Later Sara McGlashan`s unbeaten 16 ensured that they achieve the target. Liz Perry remained unbeaten on personal one as New Zealand reached 71 for four in 8.2 overs.

Brief Score:

Pakistan: 65 for 9 in 20 overs (Sania Khan 15, Urooj Mumtaz 14; Nicola Browne 4/15).

New Zealand: 71 for 4 in 8.2 overs (Sophie Devine 23; Sadia Yousuf 2/9).