New Zealand women 147 for 7 (Bates 34, Ranaweera 3-30, Ranasinghe 2-31) beat Sri Lankan women 102 for 8 (de Silva 36, Jensen 3-5, Carson 2-30) with 45 runs
Sri Lanka has never beaten New Zealand in a T20I and that record was theirs to change when the spinners were active in the middle overs – New Zealand could only score 67 runs for the loss of five wickets between overs 7 and 16 strong finish from New Zealand followed by a capitulation of own batters who had denied Sri Lanka.
Bates, Devine getting started
Despite the track aiding the slow pace of the spin twins, New Zealand had managed to get 41 to none when the field restrictions ended.
Ranaweera, Ranasinghe trigger collapse
Ranasinghe struck twice in her third skip to cause a collapse. She brilliantly left Maddy Green first by Anushka Sanjeewani, before the wicketkeeper made another great dive after running to the point to end Bates’ stay. From 51 for none, New Zealand had fallen to 79 for 4, which became 89 for 5 when Jensen was stunned.
Tahuhu, the batter
While Brooke Halliday and Isabella Gaze – the latter batting for the first time in international cricket – brought the innings back to life, New Zealand’s finish didn’t get the momentum it wanted until Tahuhu left.
She hit a four and a six on consecutive deliveries from Ranaweera to get going before helping to score 13 of the last left of the innings to power New Zealand close to 150. Tahuhu’s stay of eight deliveries had yielded 20 runs.
Sri Lanka cheap folding
Hasini Perera had no idea of Jensen’s swing and Tahuhu’s pace, and piled on the dots. Vishmi Gunaratne’s enterprising shot was then found halfway through before Jensen ended Perera’s misery. Jensen also pitched Sanjeewani to finish 3 for 5 from her four overs.
Although they managed to cross the 100-run mark, the result was almost inevitable after the first exchanges in the chase.