NZ Womens Vs WI Womens | WI-W won by 3 Runs on the thriller.
WI Women won by 3 runs. A thrilling win for West Indies over New Zealand in the final over of the #CWC22 opener!
Sophie Devine is leading the charge for the White Ferns in a 260-run chase against West Indies. The New Zealand captain scored a fluent half century, keeping the hosts in the hunt in their opening game of the 2022 Women’s World Cup in Tauranga on Friday.
NEW ZEALAND V WEST INDIES
WI-W 256 49.5 ov. RR: 5.13
NZ-W 259/9 50 ov. RR: 5.18
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Hayley Matthews, WI-W for her 119 (128) & 2/41
|Hayley Matthews c Hannah Rowe b Jess Kerr||119||128||16||1||92.96|
|Sophie Devine c & b Chinelle Henry||108||127||10||0||85.03|
- Match: West Indies Women won by 3 runs
- Event: ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
- Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
- Toss: New Zealand Women who chose to bowl
- Umpires: Shandre Fritz, Lauren Agenbag, Sharfuddoula
Stafanie Taylor: The way we played today, set the game up for us. We needed to get over 200, we had a meeting and thought we had to get over 200 to be competitive. That’s for the coaches who decides now (who opens once Rashada Williams is fit), it was quite hard for her to come to the top but we told her she was the best option to open and she agreed. New Zealand is a good chasing team, but we can’t focus too much on them, we need to focus on ourselves. We knew we could put up a fight, and it was kind of tricky in terms of who to bowl for the last over, and Deandra said she wanted the last over and she did it. Selman was supposed to bowl the last, and Deandra said “give me the ball”. I said, “you and the coach can discuss later what happens, I’ll give you the ball”. The bowlers were doing really well, they were brilliant. Expectations from them) We like to fly under the radar, one step at a time.
Devine: Full credit to West Indies, how they played, especially Matthews. She set the game up and we were in it right till the last over. We’ll take positives out of it and move on quickly. We have to embrace the pressure, being the host nation. We play our best cricket when we have a smile on our face. I wanted to play till the end, we were trying to keep the run rate down a bit, but it was fantastic fielding (her dismissal), now we have to dust ourselves off. It’s a quick turnaround and that’s the best thing for us. We started slowly with the ball, conceded around 40-50 runs in the field, and that’s disappointing, we can’t afford to do it in World Cups contests. Save some runs and gain some runs. The energy (Bangladesh) they bring is quite contagious, we know what a dangerous side they are.
9.40pm What a match to start the tournament – twin hundreds from two big-ticket players, one of them was injured and carried the innings, and the other led the chase almost until the end. Both teams suffered a lot because of dropped chances, which probably took the game to such a close finish. Twists and turns, boundaries and wickets, and when six are needed off the last over, Deandra Dottin comes in to bowl who hadn’t even bowled in the last six ODIs she played. And what does she do? Bowls five balls, concedes just two and takes two wickets.
Hayley Matthews is the Player of the Match: It’s New Zealand playing at home, to come out here against the crowd and do it was unbelievable. [We won with my injured hamstring so] a couple of girls are saying I should get injured more often. Really really important knock for me and we had to put in a goof performance, it means a lot to me. Hope we can carry this momentum for the rest of the tournament.
NZ: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (C), Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Katey Martin, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Fran Jones
WI: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbell, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell.
What a start for West Indies womens
WI Womens who have never won the World Cup. New Zealand were on top often, especially until Devine was batting, and Martin and Jess Kerr kept hitting boundaries too, but both fell victim to Dottin, the player who stole the show in the last over. But in the End Upset Alert as WI won!