Amy Satterthwaite’s three-wicket haul and Suzy Bates’ 79 helped New Zealand beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in the fifth match of the ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup at the University Oval here on Monday. The match between the two sides was reduced to 27-overs per side after a poor play by rain.
“It is the nature of this tournament (losing the toss), we have games coming early with very little turnaround time. Grateful to the ground staff for getting around 50 overs to play, to Bangladesh for coming and to the umpires for the game. Thanks for getting on. Sophie Devine said in a post-match presentation, manipulating the field against the pace, it was easy to pocket it in the corners.
“I was disappointed not to cash in, it was a great batting strip, as it has always been in Dunedin. The outfield was a bit slow, but the bets were very good. We know the competition is very tough, it’s going to take a win here. Glad. And we’ll be playing against India next, we’ve played them last month and know what’s going on.”
Chasing 141, New Zealand openers Sophie Devine and Suzy Bates added 36 runs in the first seven overs. However, Bangladesh got a much-needed breakthrough in the seventh over as Salma Khatoon bowled Devine (14) and Amelia Kerr was caught in the middle.
In the end, Bates and Amelia Kerr gave New Zealand an easy nine-wicket win with 42 balls to spare.
Earlier, Amy Satterthwaite returned with three wickets as the White Ferns restricted Bangladesh to 140/8 in the allotted 27 overs. For Bangladesh, Fargana Hoque scored 52 runs in 63 balls.
First published:March 7, 2022, 5:48 pm