Suzie Bates Create History chasing 145 against Bangladesh at her home ground

On Monday, in the fifth match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, New Zealand were chasing 141 in 27 overs against Bangladesh.

 

Suzie Bates Create History chasing 145 against Bangladesh at her home ground. PC: Getty Images
Suzie Bates Create History chasing 145 against Bangladesh at her home ground. PC: Getty Images

 

The New Zealand batters made it look like a cakewalk as they cruised to 144-1 in just 20 overs, winning the match by nine wickets. The opening pair of Sophie Devine (14 runs off 16 balls) and Suzie Bates stitched a 36-run partnership in 6.4 overs before Bangladesh’s right arm off-spinner Salma Khatun clean bowled Devine. After the departure of Devine, in-form all-rounder Amelia Kerr made her way into the middle.

The 21-year old right-handed batter joined hands with Bates to put together 108 runs for the second wicket to seal the deal for the White Ferns. The duo played some good-looking shots and ran well between the wickets putting pressure on the Bangladeshi fielders. While Kerr mustered an unbeaten 47 off 37 balls, including five boundaries, Bates plundered a blistering 79 not out off 68 balls, smashing eight boundaries. In the process, Bates completed 1000 runs in World Cups to become only the second New Zealander and sixth overall to achieve the feat.

For Bangladesh, Khatun was the solitary wicket-taker as she completed the innings with bowling figures of 1-34 in her four overs. The rest of the Bangladeshi bowling attack, including Jahanara Alam, Fariha Trisna, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Lata Mondal, and Nahida Akter did not have a great day at the office as they went wicket-less. Having rained earlier in the day, the outfield was still a bit wet, which made bowling and fielding difficult. Despite this, Bangladesh fought hard as they gave their 100 percent on the field. They were throwing themselves around till the very end making the New Zealanders earn every run.

New Zealand’s Suzie Bates won the player of the match for her match-winning batting performance of 79 not out off 68 balls. She stitched a 108-run partnership with Amelia Kerr to power her team to a nine wicket win against the World Cup debutants Bangladesh.

Bangladesh and New Zealand will play their next fixtures on March 14 against Pakistan and on March 10 against India respectively.

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