THE New Zealand women’s cricket team have progressed to the Super Six stage of the World Cup in India, despite losing to Australia in their final pool match.
A century to captain Suzie Bates, her fourth in one-day internationals, was not enough as Australia chased down New Zealand’s 227-6 for the loss of just three wickets.
Meg Lanning scored a century for the winners.
Both sides, along with South Africa, have moved through to the next stage, with Australia taking an extra two points thanks to their victory.
The top two teams after the Super Six matches go straight into the final in Mumbai on February 17.
To progress, New Zealand will need to win all three matches, including the match up with current champs England.
Bates backed up scores of 73 and 65 against South Africa and Pakistan with her knock of 102, which came off 134 balls and included 12 fours.
Partnerships with Katie Perkins and Nicola Browne helped Bates get New Zealand through to a respectable score after struggling at 39-4 after 13 overs.
The Australian chase began slowly, before Lanning hit her straps with Jess Cameron to take the match away from the Kiwis.
New Zealand’s first Super Six match is on Friday, with their opponent to be confirmed.