Women's World T20 2014: New Zealand beat Aussies in opener

New Zealand celebrate a wicket
Women's World Twenty20, Sylhet:
New Zealand 128-8 (20 overs) beat Australia 121 (19.3 overs) by seven runs - Match scorecard
South Africa 163-0 (20 overs) beat Pakistan 119-9 (20 overs) -Match scorecard

New Zealand shocked holders Australia by winning the opening game of the Women's World Twenty20 by seven runs.

Katie Perkins (31) and Nicola Browne (31 not out) helped the White Ferns post 128-8 from their 20 overs.

But Australia lost early wickets and, despite Alyssa Healy's 41, they were bowled out for 121 with three balls of the innings remaining.

In the day's other Group A match, South Africa amassed 163 without loss against Pakistan and won by 44 runs.

South Africa openers Lizelle Lee (67) and Dane van Niekerk both hit a six and added 21 fours between them in the second highest partnership in Women's T20 internationals, behind only compatriots Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty against the Netherlands in 2010.

England, who thrashed New Zealand in their final warm-up game on Friday, begin their campaign against West Indies on Monday, when India also face Sri Lanka.