New Zealand 157 for 2 (Bates 64, Curtis 55*) beat Pakistan 156 (Nain Abidi 49, Asmavia 49*, Lea Tahuhu 3-37)
Suzie Bates’ dominant 64 took her side to a comfortable victory in the first ODI © Getty Images
Suzie Bates made a 46-ball 64, and put on 100 quick runs for the opening stand with Sam Curtis (55*), as New Zealand women beat Pakistan by 8 wickets, with 27 overs to spare, in the first ODI in Lincoln.
Bates’ decision to put Pakistan in was vindicated when the visitors were reduced to 27 for 3 in the ninth over. Nain Abidi (49) put on a 62-run stand with Nida Dar (19) for the fourth wicket to lift Pakistan up, but her wicket triggered a collapse. They went from 89 for 3 to 90 for 6, as medium-pacer Lea Tahuhu (3-37) removed Abidi and Dar on either of Pakistan captain Sana Mir’s dismissal to 16-year-old debutant legspinner Amelia Kerr (1-21).
Allrounder Asmavia Iqbal scored an unbeaten 49, but was the the only other batsman to reach double figures as Pakistan folded up for 156 in 49 overs.
New Zealand’s opening stand of 100 came in just 13.3 overs before Bates was dismissed by Sana Mir. Amy Satterthwaite fell four overs later, but the wickets only managed to marginally slow New Zealand’s scoring rate, as Curtis took them home comfortably with her first ODI fifty.
The next match of the five-match ODI series will be played in the same venue on November 11.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo