Women's T20 World Cup News
The 16-year-old Shafali has scored 68 runs across two games in this World Cup, including five sixes and seven fours, at an impressive strike rate of 212.
Thailand lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up losing the match by 98 runs after being restricted to just 78 runs.
New Zealand, though, have a better head-to-head record against India in recent years, having won the last three matches between the two sides.
While Shafali Verma was the star of the show, 19-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues also impressed with a measured 34 off 37 balls.
Invited to bat, India posted a competitive 142 for 6 and then returned to restrict Bangladesh to 124 for 8 to notch up their second successive win in the showpiece event.
Sixteen-year-old opener Shafali Verma once again gave India a rollicking start, smashing a 17-ball 39 which contained two fours and four sixes.
Chamari Athapaththu (50 off 38 balls) struck a quick half-century but Nicola Carey (2/18), who missed the India game, and Molly Strano (2/23) helped Australia restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 122.
Since the tri-series preceding this World Cup, the Indian batting has been inconsistent, struggling to post big totals.
The match will be played in Perth and India will be looking to put their recent history in big tournaments against Bangladesh behind them.
Natalie Sciver, who scored a 50, opener Amy Jones and Fran Wilson were the only players who managed to get to two digit figures for South Africa.
Poonam Yadav had her left index finger crushed during a training session at the National Cricket Academy on December 26.
New Zealand still faces a battle to reach the semi-finals with tough matches against India and Australia ahead.
The 2016 champions appeared set for an expected easy victory after restricting Thailand to a modest 78 for nine off their 20 overs.
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