Suzie Bates’ Century helps New Zealand set 266 target for Pakistan

On Saturday, New Zealand and Pakistan locked horns against each other in the 26th match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

 

Suzie Bates' Century help New Zealand set 266 target for Pakistan . PC: ICC/Getty Images
Suzie Bates’ Century helps New Zealand set a 266 target for Pakistan . PC: ICC/Getty Images

 

Batting first, hosts New Zealand posted a competitive score of 8-265 in 50 overs. Riding on a scintillating century by their opening batter Suzie Bates, the White Ferns were able to go past the 250 run mark. Bates (126 runs off 135 balls) registered her first century in this World Cup and was just the second New Zealander to do so in this edition of the ICC event. Amelia Kerr (24 runs off 31 balls), Maddy Green (23 runs off 48 balls) and Brooke Halliday (29 runs off 38 balls) got off to starts but failed to capitalize. Towards the end wicket-keeper Katey Martin took the attack to the opposition and muscled an unbeaten 30 off 26 balls to power New Zealand to a fighting score.

For Pakistan, the right arm off spinner Nida Dar was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 3-39 in 10 overs. Dar bowled well in the middle overs and accounted for two wickets in the same over. She sent Amy Satterthwaite packing for a first ball duck. Apart from Dar, Anam Amin, Nashra Sandhu and Fatima Sana were the other wicket-takers as they chipped in with one wicket each. Diana Baig and Omaima Sohail were the only two bowlers for Pakistan that went wicket-less.

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New Zealand have set a target of 266 for Pakistan. Can Pakistan chase down the target to register the second win of their World Cup campaign? Or will New Zealand win their third match and end the tournament on a high? Stay tuned to find out.

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