What a game it has been for New Zealand! Fantabulous performance from Suzie Bates, that keeps New Zealand’s World Cup dream alive.
Bangladesh on the other hand loses their final chance. Losing three games in a row, the team is no longer a part of the race to the qualifiers.
At Newlands Cricket Ground, every little move seemed to be in New Zealand’s favor. Winning the toss, they elected to bat. Having lost two games in a row, the team was a step away from disqualification. But Suzie Bates 81 runs’ contribution and later their brilliant bowling defense, led the NZ team to a huge win over Bangladesh. Along with Bates, Maddy Green and Bernadine Bezuidenhout contributed significant runs in the first innings.
The game began with Bernadine and Bates opening for NZ. Their partnership seemed almost unbeatable, with the two of them smashing runs against all bowlers. After having put together a total of 77 runs on board, Bernadine lost her wicket at 44 runs to Shorna Akhter, as she was stumped by Shamina Sultana. Suzie Bates carried the game forward with Amelia Kerr and later Maddy Green joined the wagon.
Maddy Green also contributed quick 44 runs in just 20 deliveries. Bates shined out of all, as she played a not out inning of 81 runs in just 61 deliveries. This led the team to an impressive total of 189 runs. Remarkable contribution from all batters.
Fahima Khatun as always picked 2 wickets for the side and bowled well. But no bowling strategy seemed to work against New Zealand today.
With a huge total to chase, the Bangladeshi team lost early wickets. They weren’t able to maintain partnerships and Eden Carson’s fierce bowling added to their crisis. Shorna Akhter and Murshida Khatun played and contributed some runs, but weren’t able to stay back longer.
Eden Carson picked three wickets which included Murshida Khatun. Hannah Rowe also picked two major wickets and was assisted by Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr.
Bangladesh lost 8 wickets in 20 overs and fell short of 71 runs. New Zealand won the game by 71 runs and kept their dream to the qualifiers alive.
New Zealand 189/3 (Suzie Bates 81 (61), Maddy Green 44 (20), Fahima Khatun 2/36) won against Bangladesh 118/8 (Shorna Akhter 31 (22), Eden Carson 3/18, Hannah Rowe 2/15) by 71 runs.