Women’s T20 World Cup: Sophie Devine earns New Zealand win over Sri Lanka
New Zealand were created to work because of their victory over Sri Lanka from the T20 World Cup of the Women.
Before becoming the first to fall in a slip of six wickets for 36 runs in Perth, sri Lanka skipper Chamari Atapattu left 41 off 30 balls.
Attempting to overhaul Sri Lanka’s 127-7, New Zealand were far from in control at 65-2 after 12 overs.
But captain Sophie Devine stayed, anchoring.
It continues a superb run of form to Devine, who has now scored five half-centuries plus a hundred in the previous six T20 global innings.
And, although this effect was anticipated, it adds after hosts, defending champions and witches India beat Australia on Friday.
There were times when the possibility of some other jolt seemed plausible when classy and wristy left-hander Atapattu was scoring off the New Zealand pace bowlers.
When she bunted a return catch to Lea Tahuhu at the end of the 12th over, Sri Lanka lost their way, particularly in the face of the line of Hayley Jensen, that shot 3-16 together with her medium pace.
With dropped catches sri Lanka further harmed their cause. Devine was set down 18 along with Suzie Bates, who included 40 with the captain to the second wicket, was reprieved from the very first ball she confronted at slide.
Together with New Zealand needing 63 from the final eight overs, the match was in the balance, only for your Silver Ferns to take advantage of Sri Lankan generosity.
Maddy Green hit four A no-ball out of off-spinner Kavisihi Dilhari, and the consequent hit heaved for six.
Together with the momentum behind New Zealand, Devine took 30 runs out of the last 11 deliveries she faced, during which time she spent has been dropped once again and, fittinglyhit the winning runs.