Fargana Hoque scored 52 off 63 balls but Bangladesh failed to post a challenging total
New Zealand Women 144 for 1 (Bates 79*, Amelia 47*, Salma 1-34) beat Bangladesh Women 140 for 8 (Hoque 52, Shamima 33, Satterthwaite 3-20) by nine wickets
In the morning, rain wiped off over four hours from the game, reducing it to 27 overs-a-side contest. But Bates made full use of being in the middle to lead New Zealand’s chase of 141. On a surface that was on the slower side due to its damp nature, Bates got going quickly, cutting Jahanara Alam through the off side before pulling Salma Khatun through midwicket.
Bates should have been dismissed when on 58 but wicketkeeper Shamima Sultana fluffed a stumping chance. The threat from the Bangladesh bowlers aside, a light drizzle returned around the 14-over mark and threatened to wash out the game. However, the on-field umpires’ decision of not taking the drinks interval helped New Zealand, who reached the target with seven overs to spare.
Earlier, New Zealand put Bangladesh in after winning the toss. The Bangladesh batters, though, failed to capitalise on a strong opening partnership for the second successive match in a row and could post only 140 for 8 in 27 overs.
Hoque kept Bangladesh afloat with her 52 off 63 balls but with the New Zealand seamers taking the pace off in their subsequent spells, runs didn’t come easy. In the end, Bangladesh failed to post a total that could have tested New Zealand.
S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo