New Zealand celebrated their second win of the Women's Cricket World Cup with victory over India ©Getty Images

Hosts New Zealand boosted their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s Cricket World Cup with a 62-run win over India courtesy of a fine batting display from Amy Satterthwaite in Hamilton.

Satterthwaite scored 75 runs, including nine fours, off 84 balls before New Zealand bowled out India for 198 at Seddon Park to secure a second victory of the tournament.

New Zealand’s triumph against 2017 runners-up India follows their nine-wicket win over Bangladesh as they climbed to second behind unbeaten Australia.

After electing to field first, India made a strong start as Pooja Vastrakar ran out Suzie Bates for just five.

Sophie Devine was the next to go for 35 before Amelia Kerr, who was dropped on nine, built a 67-run partnership with Satterthwaite.

Kerr scored a half century before being trapped leg before wicket by Rajeshwari Gayakwad to leave New Zealand on 121 for three.

Satterthwaite brought up her 27th one-day international half-century off 60 balls as she teamed with Maddy Green who finished on 27, and then Katey Martin respectively.

Amy Satterthwaite hit 75 as New Zealand overcame India in Hamilton ©Getty Images
Amy Satterthwaite hit 75 as New Zealand overcame India in Hamilton ©Getty Images

Vastrakar took two wickets in two balls as Lea Tahuhu and then Satterthwaite were dismissed, leaving New Zealand on 240 for eight.

Jhulan Goswami became the joint-highest wicket-taker in Women’s World Cup history when she removed Martin for 41, her 39th dismissal to move her level with Australia’s Lyn Fullston, as New Zealand finished on 260 for 9. 

In reply, India made a slow start as Jess Kerr removed Smriti Mandhana for just six before Tahuhu dismissed Yastika Bhatia for 28 and Mithali Raj who was stumped for 31.

Kerr then bowled Richa Ghosh for a first-ball duck to bring up a hat-trick chance, but Sneh Rana survived and went on to contribute 18.

Kaur scored 20 off one Hannah Rowe over as she hit 71, including six fours and two sixes, but as soon as she was removed by Kerr India quickly lost the two remaining wickets tobe bowled out for 198. 

India have dropped to fifth in the table and will hope to bounce back when they meet third-placed West Indies in Hamilton on Saturday (March 12) when New Zealand are due to meet rivals Australia in a mouth-watering clash in Wellington.

Tomorrow, bottom-of-the-table Pakistan are due to play fourth placed South Africa at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.