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ICC Women’s World T20 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: White Ferns Breeze Past Sri Lanka

By on May 9, 2010

New Zealand women 154 for 7 (Bates 50, Seneviratna 4-21) beat Sri Lanka women 107 for 8 by 47 runs…

Suzie Bates hit a half century and the spinners collectively took three for 31 as the White Ferns overpowered Sri Lanka by 47 runs in their second match of the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Sri Lanka were limited to 107 for eight from their 20 overs and never threatened the White Ferns 157 for seven with victory guaranteeing the New Zealanders a semi-final spot.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Bates and Aimee Watkins set the tone at the top of the order with a 54 run opening stand.

Bates top scored for the White Ferns for a second consecutive match, hitting 50 runs off 43 balls while Watkins struck 20 off 21.

The solid platform allowed the rest of the batting line up to play freely with Sara McGlashan (31 off 23), Elizabeth Perry (19 off 12) and Nicola Browne (20 off 12) propelling the score.

The Sri Lankan reply started positively with Chamari Atapattu striking 21 at the top of the order but the introduction of spin combined with some excellent fielding from the White Ferns meant they were always behind the chase.

Leg spinner Erin Bermingham was the most destructive, taking two for 15 while fellow tweaker Lucy Doolan chipped in with one for 16. The third spinner, Watkins, only bowled two overs and went for ten runs.

The White Ferns have one final group match against Pakistan before facing either Australia or the West Indies in the semi-final at St Lucia.

Source: New Zealand Cricket

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