Keeping the winning momentum on from the first match, WHITE FERNS registered another easy win in the second ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand and won the three-match ODI series by 2-0; which is the part of ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020).
Winning the toss, WHITE FERNS decided to field first. West Indies openers Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight started off really well, but that didn’t stay for long as Lea Tahuhu gave the first breakthrough. With the brilliant catch taken by Sophie Devine at the point, Tahuhu picked up Matthews’s wicket; which brought the Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor to the crease.
Playing as an anchor for the team, Taylor’s formidable form helped her score another magnificent knock of 86 with 4 fours and a six. This was her 31 st ODI half-century. Another opener Kycia Knight’s game came to an end in the 10th over as she was dismissed by Sophie Devine.
Taylor and Chedean Nation added 54 runs for the 4th wicket before the latter got dismissed by a delivery from Tahuhu. Middle order was unable to score big as they were bowled out in the 49th over. Leigh Kasperek scalped 4-44, while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3; Devine and Peterson picked up a wicket each. Brilliant bowling and fielding from the WHITE FERNS restricted West Indies within 194 runs on board.
While chasing, a blitzy start from skipper Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine helped them to reach the target within the 31 st over. Devine played a wonderful knock of 80 off 91 with six fours; which helped her to complete 2,000 ODI runs and the 10th half-century in ODIs as well.
Skipper Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten 101 off 86 with 13 fours in her 200th International match for the WHITE FERNS. In the last ball of 29th over, she hit the ball through the on side, took a single and notched up her 9th ODI century and became the third player to score 9 centuries in ODIs, along with Charlotte Edwards, after Meg Lanning (11).
Devine & Bates added 175 runs for the first wicket and created a record partnership for any wicket for New Zealand against West Indies. The previous record was 142* by Bates & McGlashan for the 2nd wicket at Lincoln in 2013-14 and previous 1st wicket record was 120 by Bates & Priest at Taunton in 2017.
Afy Fletcher from Windies side picked up 2 wickets of Devine and Satterthwaite. An all-round performance helped WHITE FERNS to win the match and claims another 2 points.
West Indies: 194/10 (S Taylor 86, L Kasperek 4/44)
New Zealand: 195/2 (S Bates 101, A Fletcher 2/47)