In a rain-affected match on Monday, New Zealand strolled to a nine-wicket victory against Bangladesh, resuming their Women’s Cricket World Cup campaign.
The White Ferns, who lost their first match to the West Indies, seemed in complete control in a match when the innings was cut to 27 overs owing to severe rain.
Suzie Bates scored a blistering 79 runs off 69 balls and Amelia Kerr hit 47 off 37 balls to help them reach 144-1 with seven overs to spare.
Bates’ half-century marked her 28th in one-day internationals, and she now has over 1,000 runs in World Cup matches at the age of 73. Her inning was indeed her first in an international game at the University Oval, where she grew up.
“It’s been a strange day, It’s my hometown. I’ve never performed here, and I was saddened when I opened the curtains this morning,” Bates said as ANI reports.
“It was just about having fun and having that collaboration with Amelia and absorbing that pressure once I went out there.” Bangladesh got off to a fast start after being brought in, wreaking havoc on New Zealand’s medium pacers and racing to 31 in only three overs. The introduction of spinners, however, reduced the scoring rate, and the team battled to regain momentum as wickets dropped often.
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine said the team needed to “move on swiftly” after losing to the West Indies, but she said she was worried the match versus Bangladesh may be rained out, which would be a devastating blow to their prospects.
New Zealand picked up the pace at the finish, as Bates and Kerr put on a century partnership in just 81 balls.
New Zealand beat Bangladesh by nine wickets! 👏
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