Hayley Jensen treble, Lea Tahuhu cameo put New Zealand into semi-finals


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

A strong opening partnership and an invaluable cameo from Lea Tahuhu, followed by some sharp bowling led by Hayley Jensen, saw New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs to reach the Commonwealth Games semi-finals. The result also helped England secure Group B’s other semi-final spot.

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

Sri Lanka started with spinners from both sides in an effort to keep Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates quiet. But Devine broke the shackles with two fours on Oshadi Ranasinghe in the second over. Bates and Devine then skipped a four to Sugandika Kumari’s third in the power play.

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

Inoka Ranaweera was subpoenaed immediately after the power play. As Bates struggled to get her swings in the middle, Devine had managed to get under it and lay it over a deep, square leg. Devine and Bates added their 12th-half-century standings in the format with the first on track to become only the second woman to hit 100 T20I sixes after Deandra Dottin. However, a well-judged catch of Kavisha Dilhari after she came to her senses from a long time put an end to Devine’s pursuit of the milestone for now. Ranaweera then let Amelia Kerr miss a shot long ball to be bowled.

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

If Sri Lanka had wanted to chase 148, Chamari Athapaththu should have scored big. But her clumsy four-ball sojourn ended when she walked to Jensen’s inswing to york and bowl herself. This was after New Zealand missed the very first ball to opt for an lbw rating against her.

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.

Eden Carson took a few wickets – her first in internationals – to further dent Sri Lanka. Nilakshi de Silva’s 36-run knockout helped Sri Lanka get close to 100 before making a mistake from Kerr halfway through.

Although they managed to cross the 100-run mark, the result was almost inevitable after the first exchanges in the chase.