New Zealand Maori Women will lock horns with Cook Islands Women in the 11th match of the Women’s T20I Pacific Cup at the Lloyd Elsmore Park 3 in Auckland on January 19. New Zealand Maori Women have won all their three matches and are at the top of the table. Cook Islands Women have won one out of three matches and are in fifth place.
New Zealand Maori Women had played against Fiji Women in their last match, where Fiji Women had won the toss and elected to bowl. Maori Women lost a wicket early in the innings at the score of six, but then it was followed by a couple of good partnerships, which saved the day for them. By the end of the innings, they posted a good total of 154 runs on the board. Fiji, in return, had an explosive start as they smashed 22 runs in just two overs, but the run rate fell sharply after the fall of the first wicket. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were only able to score 87 runs, losing the game by 67 runs.
Cook Islands Women had squared off against Papua New Guinea Women in their last game, where Cook Islands Women had won the toss and elected to bowl. Cook Islands had a match that they would like to forget and get forward in this tournament as soon as possible. PNG started the innings brilliantly as they smashed 57 runs for the opening stand in just 5.3 overs. They lost a couple of wickets in the process but kept scoring at a fantastic pace. They amassed a big total of 178 runs while Cook Islands had a disastrous start to the chase. They kept losing wickets and were bowled out for just 50 runs, losing the game by a huge 128 runs.