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Jess Kerr, Suzie Bates and Maddy Green sparkle as New Zealand go 1-0 up

New Zealand Women 181 for two (Bates 93*, Green 59*, Alam 2-32) beat Bangladesh Women 180 for 8 (Sultana 73, Jess Kerr 4-23) by eight wickets

A four-wicket haul from Jess Kerr set the tone as New Zealand started their ODI sequence towards Bangladesh with a snug eight-wicket win on the Basin Reserve. Having restricted Bangladesh to 180 for 8 of their 50 overs, New Zealand chased down their goal with 114 balls remaining, courtesy brisk half-centuries from Suzie Bates and Maddy Green.
Bates placed on 50 with captain Sophie Devine for the primary wicket, earlier than Jahanara Alam gave Bangladesh a quick interval of hope with two wickets in two balls, having Devine caught behind for 21 earlier than bowling Amelia Kerr for a duck.

There can be no wickets thereafter, although, as Bates and Green steered New Zealand house with an unbroken stand of 131 off simply 134 balls. Bates completed unbeaten on 93 off 91 balls, with 12 fours, and Green on 59 off 70, with 5 fours.

Having chosen to bat, Bangladesh bought off to a poor begin, scoring simply 10 runs within the first six overs and dropping two wickets, each to Jess Kerr’s medium-pace. Bangladesh recovered through a 64-run third-wicket stand between Sharmin Akhter and captain Nigar Sultana, however the runs got here at below 3.5 an over. Sultana then placed on 55 with Lata Mondal and 33 with Rumana Ahmed, however the tempo of scoring remained sedate.

Having scored hit only one 4 whereas scoring 43 off her first 105 balls, Sultana managed to speed up considerably, hitting three fours and a six whereas choosing up 30 off her subsequent 27 balls earlier than being run-out for a career-best 73. Jess Kerr returned to the assault to bowl the forty eighth and fiftieth overs of Bangladesh’s innings, and picked up two extra wickets to complete with a career-best 4 for 23.

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