Current Match Report – NZ (W) vs Pakistan (W) 1st ODI 2023/24

New Zealand 365 for 4 (Bates 108, Bezuidenhout 86, Kerr 83, Devine 70, Sandhu 1-52) beat Pakistan 234 (Ameen 105, Muneeba 44, Kerr 3-44, Tahuhu 2-45) by 131 runs

A robust batting show from New Zealand’s high 4 arrange a giant win for them within the first ODI in opposition to Pakistan in Queenstown, as they went 1-0 up within the three-match collection. Pakistan went down by 131 runs chasing a giant goal of 366.

The outcome apart, Pakistan had been additionally dealt a double blow with quick bowler Diana Baig dominated out of the collection with a coaching damage, and captain Nida Dar taken off the sphere in the course of the recreation after she was struck within the face whereas bowling. In Pakistan’s chase, Sidra Ameen made 105 however didn’t discover a lot assist from the opposite finish as Pakistan went down by 131 runs chasing a giant goal of 366.
After being put in, New Zealand openers Suzie Bates and Bernadine Bezuidenhout acquired off to a gentle begin, placing up 51 runs within the powerplay. They then began accelerating and scored boundaries repeatedly to take New Zealand’s whole previous 100 with none blemishes. Bezuidenhout introduced up her half-century off 50 balls within the 18th over, whereas Bates acquired to her fifty off 57 balls within the twenty second over. A run out ended Bezuidenhout’s keep a the crease, as she departed for a run-a-ball 86, as Pakistan broke a 165-run stand.
Amelia Kerr joined Bates and the duo made certain the momentum didn’t slip away as they continued to pile on the runs. Collectively they took New Zealand previous 200, with Bates mentioning her century off a boundary within the thirty eighth over. She was, nonetheless, dismissed within the subsequent over by Umm-e-Hani for 108.

Shortly after, within the forty fourth over, Dar, who was bowling her seventh over of the match, was struck on the face by the ball when Devine was on strike. She acquired medical consideration on the sphere earlier than being taken off, placing her participation within the second and third video games of the collection doubtful.

Captain Sophie Devine and Amelia then took cost of the proceedings because the duo began constructing in the direction of a powerful whole. Devine shifted gears within the forty seventh over – till then not a single six was scored in New Zealand innings – as she hit Fatima Sana for 2 sixes off the final ball of the over. Within the subsequent over, she took aside Omaima Sohail, plundering 4 sixes off her bowling in a 27-run over. Within the course of, she additionally introduced up her half-century off 29 balls.

Amelia departed for a 69-ball 83, as she consolidated her place as the highest run-getter in ODIs this yr. This was her fourth 50-plus rating of the yr and he or she’s made 460 runs in seven innings in 2023. Devine was out for a 36-ball 70 within the penultimate ball of the innings, because the hosts made 365 for 4 which is the best whole in girls’s ODIs in New Zealand. It was additionally the primary time in girls’s ODIs that the entire high 4 batters of a facet scored 70 runs or above.

In reply, Pakistan, too, acquired off to a stable begin, with Ameen and Muneeba Ali mentioning their 50-run opening stand within the ninth over. Ameen posted her half-century off 51 balls within the 14th over, however Devine acquired the breakthrough within the nineteenth over, sending Muneeba again for 44. Fran Jonas then eliminated Sadaf Shamas, Dar’s alternative for the sport, for 10.

The New Zealand bowlers slowed Pakistan down considerably after that, hardly ever conceding boundaries because the required run-rate shot up. Ameen misplaced three extra companions earlier than she acquired to her century, her fourth within the format. She was finally run-out for 105, with Pakistan at that time needing 154 runs from 36 balls.

Within the center, Pakistan misplaced six wickets for 41 runs, and in the long run may solely make 234 as Kerr took the final wicket with one ball remaining within the innings to complete with figures of three for 44.

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