New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20 2016, Group A, Delhi March 15, 2016

New Zealand cruise to win after Sri Lanka's late collapse

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Women 111 for 3 (Bates 37) beat Sri Lanka Women 110 for 8 (Manodara 37) by seven wickets
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Suzie Bates helped New Zealand take control of the 111-run chase early on © IDI/Getty Images

New Zealand Women began their World T20 campaign with an easy seven-wicket win after a late collapse restricted Sri Lanka Women to 110 for 8 in Delhi.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat, and their opening pair of Chamari Atapattu and Yasoda Mendis stitched together a 39-run partnership. Mendis and Dilani Manodara built on that base, taking Sri Lanka to a promising position of 82 for 1 by the 13th over. The loss of Mendis to Amy Satterthwaite, however, sparked off a slide that undid the work of the top order.

Manodara fell in the 15th over, after top-scoring with a 31-ball 37, and her wicket meant that the impetus Sri Lanka needed in the final leg of the innings did not materialize. They scraped a mere 23 runs off their last six overs for the loss of six wickets. Offspinner Leigh Kasperek took 2 for 19 but Sri Lanka also lost as many as three batsmen - including Manodara and captain Shashikala Siriwardene - to run-outs.

New Zealand's chase of 111 was clinical, despite a minor blip when they lost three wickets in as many overs. The openers, Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest, gave them early control adding 64 in the first 10 overs. Sara McGlashan and Satterthwaite then struck a flurry of boundaries to take New Zealand home with 25 balls to spare.

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  • Cricinfouser on March 16, 2016, 5:57 GMT

    Any takers India will lose all four matches of the league.Only doubt is bangladesh.Mark my words india will crash out the earliest as it will lose to pakistan and Australia.I would be happy to look stupid at my prediction but idont think i will end up loking stupid.

  • Rohan on March 16, 2016, 2:05 GMT

    Unfortunately women's does not get adequate attention and support from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and the officials. Inadequate facilities , no domestic programs and lack of proper coaching all contribute to this unfortunate results. There does not seem to be any effort to promote women's cricket in Sri Lanka A very sad state of affairs.

  • Yasein on March 15, 2016, 23:04 GMT

    Good win by the Ferns. And id also like to point out how good our t20 kits this year really are. The beige is fantastic and the pink also looks nice.

  • sri on March 15, 2016, 19:26 GMT

    NZ must be a happy Nation Today :)

  • Stratocaster on March 15, 2016, 17:21 GMT

    Nice wins from both Men and Women. Worth staying up all night.

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