NEW ZEALAND STUNS BANGLADESH :
New Zealand clinch an easy win against the weakened Bangladesh Side, to register their first win of the tournament by nine wickets. The White-ferns were defeated in their opening game by the West Indies in a thriller. Suzie Bates finished the game for New Zealand in some style after scoring a half-century.
BANGLADESH BROKEN BY WHITE FERNS :
New Zealand Women won the toss and opt to bowl and since then White-ferns controlled the game. Due to rain, the game was cut short to 27 overs per side at University Oval, Dunedin. With batting first, Bangladesh showed a low-class batting performance but only Fargana Hoque scored a half-century, the only innings which took Bangladesh to a respectable but not a winning total.
Bangladesh after having a few hiccups and wicket falling, surrendered at a score of 140-8 after 27 overs. Moreover, a perfect opportunity for New Zealand to stamp its authority on the game. Kiwis only had a wicket down until they chased down the total with seven overs remaining. Suzie Bates and Satterthwaite paved the way for New Zealand to win.
POST MATCH PRESENTATION :
Suzie Bates | Player of the Match:
It’s been a strange day, I was devastated in the morning when I opened the curtains and it was raining, just really grateful to Bangladesh who made it here and we got a game. Having that partnership with Amelia Kerr eased off a lot of pressure. Knowing this wicket, you can trust your shots and hit through to the line. I want to contribute as much as I can, we have a few massive games coming. My job is just to absorb the pressure at the top. Nice to have family and friends around to cheer for us from the stands.
Nigar Sultana | Bangladesh captain :
Our openers did really well, Fargana was brilliant and the late order did its bit. But we need to work on our partnerships, it’ll help us put up a better score. It was very difficult, never played in such conditions before, the bowlers couldn’t hold the ball, it was very cold and it was slippery. WEe didn’t do well in the last match as a batting unit, we showed good fighting spirit with the bat.
Sophie Devine | New Zealand captain :
It’s the nature of this tournament (on asked about overcoming the disappointing loss to WI), we have games coming quickly with very less turnaround time. Grateful to the ground staff for getting a game of nearly 50 overs, to Bangladesh for coming up and the umpires for getting the game on. It was easier to manipulate the field against pace, place it into pockets in the corners. I was disappointed at not cashing in, it was a brilliant batting strip, as it’s always been in Dunedin. The outfield was a bit slow, but Bates was so good. We know the competition is very tough, happy to pick the win here and we’ll go on to play against India next, we have played them last month and know what’s coming up.
TOP PERFORMANCES :
Suzie Bates : 79 (68)*
Fargana Hoque : 52 (63)