Women’s T20 World Cup: New Zealand keeps semifinal hopes alive after 71-round win over Bangladesh | Cricket News

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New Zealand kept its hopes alive of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Championship after a 71-round win over Bangladesh.

The White Caps lost their opening games to Australia and South Africa but rallied and nearly knocked out Bangladesh.

After opting to bat in the draw, New Zealand went 189-3, with openers Bernadine Bezuidenhout (44 of 26) and Suzie Bates (81 not out) sharing a 77-run partnership.

New Zealand v Bangladesh – Summary of Results

New Zealand 189-3 from 20 overs: (Bates 81 v 61), (Green 44 v 20), (Bezuidenhout 44 v 26) ; F Khatun 2-36

Bangladesh 118-8 of 20 overs: (S Akter 31 of 22), (M Khatun 30 of 38); Carson 3-18. Rows 2-15

Amelia Kerr added 16 runs but when she was caught and bowled by Fahima Khatun (2-36) it looked like Bangladesh would push the Kiwis back.

And when captain Sophie Devine rolled Fahima’s next ball, it looked like New Zealand were in trouble, but Madeline Green (44 of 20) shared an 82-run partnership to help rebuild the innings.

The result proved too much for Bangladesh who ended 118-8.

Openers Shamima Sultana (14 on 11) and Murshida Khatun (30 on 38) helped Bangladesh get off to a good start with 19 runs from the first two overs.

But Hannah Rowe (2-15) won two wickets on powerplay including Sultana and Sobhana Mostary, while Kerr (1-24) bowled captain Nigar Joty (8 of 14) in the ninth over to leave Bangladesh 54-3.

Khatun shared a 46-run partnership with Shorna Akter (31 of 22), but when Rowe’s opener was caught bowling by Eden Carson (3-18), Bangladesh collapsed from 100-4 to 113-8.

The victory means Bangladesh have lost all three games and host South Africa in Cape Town on February 21.

New Zealand still has a chance to qualify for the semi-finals and face Sri Lanka in their final game on February 19.

Saturday 18 February at 12:30 p.m

“Some individual performances stood out”

Bangladesh captain Nigar Joty said: “We are better able to do that, we played against Sri Lanka and good cricket against Australia. We gave too many runs with the ball. It was more pressure with the racquet.

“Some individual performances are outstanding, especially the U19 players.

“I think it’s great to have them in the team. They’re very energetic and talented. A lot of changes have been made. We haven’t played too much international cricket and we’ve improved a lot. It’s something we need to take forward.

Sunday, February 19 at 4:30 p.m

“We have a big game ahead of us”

Sophie Devine said: “It wasn’t our best starts. That’s how we want to play consistently. We have a big game ahead of us. Today we talked about following the processes and not getting too far ahead.

“We have the skills and the talent, it just brings it to the park. Hopefully that gave us a lot of confidence to go into the next game.

“We’ve probably been working on this for the last 6-8 months, the spin bowling group and also the sailors. There are some really promising signs for this group. There are certainly a lot of positives to take from this.

“We can only control what we can control. There are still a few important games before we play.”

Saturday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m

What’s next?

England meet India in Gqeberha on Saturday, knowing they would take control of Group 2 with a win, and Australia meet South Africa after England’s game, having already won their opening three games.

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