August 15, 2022
Recent Match Report – New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women 8th Match, Group B 2022

New Zealand woman 147 for 7 wickets (Bates 34, Ranvira 3-30, Ranasinghe 2-31) defeated sri lanka women 102 for 8 (de Silva 36, ​​Jensen 3-5, Carson 2-30) by 45 runs

A strong opening partnership and an invaluable eight-ball cameo from Lee Tahuhu, followed by some quick bowling led by Hayley Jensen, saw New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs to enter the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games. The result also helped England confirm a second semi-final spot from Group B.

Sri Lanka have never beaten New Zealand in T20Is and it was theirs to change the record when the spinners were working in the middle overs – New Zealand could only manage 67 runs for the loss of five wickets between overs 7 and 16. However, after a strong finish from New Zealand, Sri Lanka refused after a dedication from their own batsmen.

Bates, Divine Going

Sri Lanka started with spinners from both ends to keep Sophie Devine and Suzy Bates calm. But Devine broke the bond in the second over by hitting two fours off Oshadi Ranasinghe. After this, Bates and Devine hit a four each in the third over of Sugandhika Kumari inside the powerplay.

Despite the spin twins’ slow assisting track, New Zealand went on to score 41 without a single when the fielding ban ended.

Ranvira, Ranasinghe triggers fall

Inoka Ranvira was called soon after the powerplay. While Bates struggled in the middle of her sweep, Devine managed to come down to one and deposit it at deep square leg. Devine and Bates added their 12th half-centuries in the format, becoming only the second woman after Deandra Dottin in the former to hit 100 T20I sixes. However, a well judged catch from Kavisha Dilhari after going to the right from long-off ended Devine’s chase of the milestone for now. Ranveer then missed a darted length ball to bowl Amelia Kerr.

Ranasinghe struck twice in his third over to trigger a collapse. She had earlier brilliantly caught Maddie Green at the hands of Anoushka Sanjeevani before the wicketkeeper took another brilliant diving catch after running towards point to end to end Bates’ stay. From 51 to no, New Zealand had slipped to 79 for 4, falling to 89 for 5 when Jensen was stumped.

tahuhu, batter

While Brooke Holiday and Isabella Gage – the latter batting for the first time in international cricket – revived the innings, it was not until Tahuhu went out that New Zealand’s finish received the desired impetus.

He hit a four and a six off successive deliveries from Ranveera and took New Zealand to close to 150 before helping them score 13 runs in the final over of the innings. Tahuhu got 20 runs off eight balls.

Sri Lanka cheaply

For Sri Lanka to chase down 148, Chamari Athapaththu would have had to score big. But her uncharted stay on four balls came to an end when she went for an inswing from Jensen only to yorker herself and get bowled. This was after New Zealand missed a review for LBW against him on the very first ball.

Hasini Pereira was oblivious to Jensen’s swing and Tahuhu’s pace, piled on the dots. A delectable cross-batting shot from Vishmi Gunaratne at mid-on before Jensen ended Perera’s misery. Jensen also finished Sanjeevani for 3 for 5 in four overs.

Eden Carson picked up a few wickets – his first in internationals – to propel Sri Lanka. Nilakshi de Silva’s 36-run knock helped Sri Lanka close to 100, before it was misplaced by Kerr to mid-off.

Though they managed to cross the hundred-run mark, the result was almost inevitable after early exchanges in the chase.

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