New Zealand set new batting record; score 216 for 1 against South Africa to register highest score in Women's T20I

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates top-scored with 124 not out off 66 balls, and with Sophie Devine (73) put on a record 182 for the first wicket in the opening match of a triangular series also featuring host nation England.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 20, 2018 23:32:35 IST

London: New Zealand carried on from where they left off in Ireland by breaking the record for the highest score in a Women's T20I with a total of 216 for one on the way to beating South Africa in Taunton on Wednesday.

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates top-scored with 124 not out off 66 balls, and with Sophie Devine (73) put on a record 182 for the first wicket in the opening match of a triangular series also featuring host nation England.

New Zealand set new batting record; score 216 for 1 against South Africa to register highest score in Womens T20I

New Zealand Women scored 216 for one against South Africa. Image courtesy: ICC

New Zealand's total surpassed Australia's 209 for four against England in Mumbai in March.

And it came barely a week after the White Ferns posted a colossal 490 for four — the highest total in any one-day international, women's or men's, against Ireland in Dublin — an innings that featured Amelia Kerr's individual record 232 not out.

Bates's innings on Wednesday saw her go past former England captain Charlotte Edwards as the leading run-scorer in women's T20s.

"That was one of the best wickets I've played on, it's the best I've batted for a while," Bates told the BBC.

"Sophie can hit the ball a long way and she's added a lot at the top of the order.

South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk admitted: "I think we went to Plan Z. There were a couple of run-out chances we didn't take, but the class of Suzie and Sophie, they'll make you pay."

South Africa never came close to chasing down their imposing target, finishing on 150 for six.

But they did not have long to dwell on their defeat, with only two hours' break before they faced England in the second game of Wednesday's double-header at Taunton, the headquarters of southwest county Somerset.

Bates, 30, hit 16 fours and three sixes but fell just two runs short of equalling the individual women's T20 record of 126 made by Australia's Meg Lanning against Ireland in 2014.

Updated Date: Jun 20, 2018 23:32:35 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252