The Women in World Cup 2022 are banging on the field and are tremendously gathering attention by their electrifying performances.
On the very lucky Saturday, the batter from New Zealand, Suzie Bates has achieved her 12th ODI century and became the first New Zealand batter, and fourth overall, to reach 5,000 runs in the format as the hosts beat Pakistan by 71 runs to end. Otherwise, it would be a very disappointing end of the tournament Women’s World Cup 2022.
It was just a magnificent century by bates. It helped the team of New Zealand to gain 265 for eight, a maiden five-wicket haul from medium-pacer Hannah Rowe. It contributed a lot to the comfortable victory of New Zealand. The best and most interesting part is that Bates hit 126 from just 135 deliveries in the White Ferns’ total. From this, it has been proved that Pakistan as Rowe picked up 5/55 to effectively.
It is a big victory for Kiwis. Before this match, it was assumed very difficult to be in the semi-finals for New Zealand. But this victory has made it easy for Kiwis to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
Now New Zealand has to face India to record large losses on Sunday to have any chance of sneaking in. It means the tournament hosts will most likely finish in sixth place on the standings. Whereas, Pakistan will end eighth with one victory from their seven matches in the tournament. The team of New Zealand was also got surprised as they did not have the confidence to get so much close to the win. Especially when Bates hit the 100 in the world Cup 2022 series.
The veteran player from New Zealand hit 14 boundaries during her 135-ball innings as she brought up her 5000th ODI run for her country while pacing New Zealand’s healthy total on what was an excellent batting wicket. Many of Bates’ fellow batters got starts, but Katey Martin (30 not out), Brooke Holliday (29), Amelia Kerr (24), and MaddyGreen (23) weren’t able to match up with the more experienced teammates. Nida Dar (3/39) was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers including two wickets in three deliveries early in her spell that disrupted New Zealand’s highly-rated top-order.
Dar has also chased the mainstay of Pakistan with her entertaining knock of 50 keeping her side in with a ray of hope of reaching the victory target. While Dar and skipper Bismah Maroof (38) were together at the crease there was an outside chance, but New Zealand managed to out the wickets at crucial stages to deflate Pakistan prospects.
While the spinner Frances Mackay (2/29) did the damage at the top of the Pakistan run chase. i.e.
Rowe had Maroof caught behind to end an 82-run stand with Dar and then dismissed Aliya Riaz for one and got the key wicket of Dar to send Pakistan tumbling from 155/3 to 158/6.
It was a fantastic match and a dedicated strategy for taking wickets has managed to handle the team’s condition. Half of the credit goes to the brilliant batter Suzy Bates of New Zealand.