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, June 20, 2018

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.

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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





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 3182 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 5819 121
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3617 103
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2058 114