Women's World T20: Skipper Suzie Bates steers New Zealand to 93-run win over Ireland

hidden, Mar, 19 2016

Mohali: Skipper Suzie Bates led from the front with a quickfire half-century as New Zealand Women registered a comprehensive 93-run victory over Ireland Women in their World T20 Group A clash on Friday.

Fresh from comfortable win against Sri Lanka, New Zealand posted a competitive 177 for three after opting to bat and then restricted Ireland to 84 for five in their allotted 20 overs at the PCA stadium here.

Kiwi opener Bates scored 82 off just 60 deliveries that included seven hits to the fence and two sixes, while Sophie Devine also chipped in with a crucial 34-ball 47.

New Zealand women's team. Image courtesy: ICC

New Zealand women's team. Image courtesy: ICC

Bates and Devine put on an important 104-run stand together for the second wicket to put Kiwis on the course for setting their rivals a competitive target.

After Devine's dismissal, captain Bates continued in the able company of Sara McGlashan (14 not out). The two added 44 runs for third wicket to steer the team past 150-run mark.

Chasing 178 for victory, Ireland were never in the fray as they kept on losing wickets at regular interval and failed to reach even the three-figure mark.

Captain Isobel Joyce fought a lone battle for Ireland, scoring 33-ball 28. But all others came a cropper against the Kiwi bowlers.

14-year-old Gaby Lewis (16 not out) remained unbeaten, even as Ireland started their World Twenty20 campaign on a losing note.

Spinner Erin Bermingham was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of two for 17, while Morna Nielsen, Leigh Kasperek and Devine took wicket apiece.

Meanwhile, the match was virtually played before empty stands with crowds giving the event a miss.

Brief scores:

New Zealand Women: 177 for three in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 82, Sophie Devine 47).

Ireland Women: 84 for five in 20 overs (Isobel Joyce 28; Erin Bermingham 2/17, Morna Nielsen 1/13).


Published Date: Mar 19, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 19, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115