St. Kitts: New Zealand pace bowler Nicola Browne led her side's rout of the Pakistan team in the sides' final game of Group B in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 to secure the team top place in the pool ahead of the semi-finals of the tournament due to take place in St Lucia later this week.
Browne, who took 4-15, demolished the Pakistan batting line up with Sana Mir's side finishing its 20 overs 65-9. Having won the toss and electing to bat only three of Pakistan's side made it into double figures, Nain Abidi (11), Urooj Mumtaz (14) and Sania Khan (15).
Pakistan's batting performance was disastrous, New Zealand's bowling department including the pace of Browne, was simply too strong for the team from the sub-continent.
"We didn't perform at all well in this tournament, the only time we did well as a side was during the warm-up fixtures and this was not good enough for a world tournament. We need to go and improve our game as the standard of women's cricket has improved a lot in the last year and all credit must go to New Zealand who played extremely well today," said Mir.
New Zealand took just 8.2 overs to reach the target set by Pakistan but not before they'd lost four wickets including that of opener Suzie Bates who was caught by Mir and Rachel Priest who departed for just two runs. It was up to Sara McGlashan and Liz Perry to see the White Ferns through to the close and seal the victory for the team.
"It's obviously good to know we've finished top of the group but to be facing West Indies is going to be a challenge in the semi-finals in St Lucia. They are the kind of team that are so unpredictable at Twenty20, one day they could make 80 all out and another 180 for four so I'm not taking the upcoming fixture lightly.
"Hopefully they've watch today's game and seen what kind of a bowling attack we've got in our side," said New Zealand captain Aimee Watkins.
Pakistan Women 65 for 9 (Browne 4-15)
New Zealand Women 71 for 4 (Devine 23)
Result New Zealand Women won by six wickets
MOM NJ Browne (New Zealand Women)