WT20 World Cup: Record-breaking Sophie Devine continues brilliance in Perth
By: PTI | Perth |

Published: February 22, 2020 9:53:04 pm

Sophie Devine scored an unbeaten 75. (Source: ICC)

Sophie Devine as soon as once more proved unstoppable as her sixth consecutive 50-plus rating steered New Zealand to victory in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup opener towards Sri Lanka right here on Saturday.

Chamari Atapattu (41) and Hasini Perera’s 60-run first wicket – Sri Lanka’s greatest opening partnership in T20Is – gave them a shiny begin however Hayley Jensen’s career-best bowling despatched middle-order wickets tumbling on the WACA.

It took time for New Zealand to get the 128-run chase going however captain Devine led by instance, turning into the one participant, male or feminine, to register greater than 5 consecutive 50-plus scores in the format, en path to the seven-wicket victory.

The Sri Lanka openers placed on a powerful 60 for the primary wicket, with Devine, Leigh Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu all unable to discover a Powerplay breakthrough.

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But up stepped teenager Amelia Kerr to trigger issues on the quick monitor, the 19-year-old claiming the primary wicket of the night when she bowled Perera for 20 in the eighth over.

Perera didn’t fall with out her wonderful moments although, her scoop over wicket-keeper Rachel Priest giving the Sri Lankan contingent on the WACA loads of cause to cheer.

Atapattu’s 41, which included 5 fours and two sixes, constructed a strong base however the Sri Lanka captain was caught and bowled by the pacey Tahuhu.

The White Ferns have been capable of put the brakes on thereafter, Jensen claiming two wickets in an over when Anushka Sanjeewani’s try excessive was caught by Bates operating again earlier than Devine caught Shashikala Siriwardena at brief mid-wicket.

Nilakshi de Silva was the following to fall because the middle-order crumbled, Kerr taking the catch at backward level for Devine’s first wicket earlier than the spinner acquired a second breakthrough of her personal.

Harshitha Madavi stored preventing with an unbeaten 27 off 26 balls however Sri Lanka completed at 127 for seven as Jensen bagged her third.

The White Ferns chase began slowly, openers Devine and Priest failing to make the most of the powerplay earlier than the latter was run out by Madavi for six.

Held at 25 for one after six overs, New Zealand have been lagging a good means behind Sri Lanka who have been 51 with out loss on the similar stage, with Devine not at her fluent greatest.

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But the skipper floor it out in Perth, becoming a member of up with Bates for a 40-run second-wicket stand to regular the ship.

Bates perished by the hands of Kavisha Dilhari however Maddy Green got here in at 4 and guided the chase beautifully, taking the stress off her skipper with a career-best 29 off 20.

With lower than a run-a-ball required, Devine lastly freed her arms – two sixes ending off the chase with two overs to spare because the White Ferns tasted early success in Group A.

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