New Zealand have made their option to semi-finals after a thumping win towards Sri Lanka Girls on Tuesday (August 2). Kiwi bowlers starred within the match as they restricted the Sri Lankan aspect to chase down 147 runs. The outcome additionally implies that England at the moment are the second aspect to qualify for the final 4 from Group B.
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New Zealand opted to bat first and made a stroke-filled begin with the opening duo of captain Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates. They added 41 runs within the energy play, however their partnership was quickly shattered aside as Devine fell to Inoka Ranaweera within the seventh over for a 23-ball 24.
Sri Lanka then took maintain of the match with fast wickets of Amelia Kerr and Maddy Inexperienced to observe.
The strain then shifted on Bates’ shoulder however she additionally bought departed shortly after that, for 34 off 32. New Zealand was caught at an ungainly place within the match as they went from 51 for 1 and 60 for two to 89 for five. Simply earlier than it felt that match slipped from the black caps, Izzy Gaze and Brooke Halliday tried a late revival.
Nonetheless, Gaze and Halliday’s partnership was damaged on the primary ball of the nineteenth over. After that, Lea Tahuhu walked in and smashed a 4 and a six off the primary two balls. She then spearheaded a 13-run twentieth over to complete the innings together with her unbeaten 20 off 8 balls.
Whereas chasing 147 runs, Sri Lanka’s response was very timid. They misplaced each their openers inside the facility play. Medium pacer Hayley Jensen began New Zealand’s defence with a wicket-maiden after which gave solely 5 runs in 4 overs with three wickets.
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As many as eight Lankan batters returned with solely single-digit scores, failing to help Nilakshi de Silva. Silva was the top-scorer with 36 off 35 balls however could not struggle a lone battle. Sri Lanka, though managed to get to the 20 overs and previous the 100-run mark however fell nicely brief within the chase.
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