Result
3rd Match, ICC Women's T20 World Cup at Perth, Group A (N)
127/7
(17.4/20 ov, target 128)
131/3
NZ Women won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand Women
Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka Women127/7(20 overs)
New Zealand Women131/3(17.4 overs)
end of over 1811 runs
NZ-W: 131/3CRR: 7.41 
Sophie Devine75 (55)
Katey Martin4 (3)
Achini Kulasuriya2.4-0-26-0
Chamari Atapattu3-0-26-1

10pm: Right, thanks for keeping me company today. Your next stop should be Gnasher's report, then take your pick from more World Cup content, the day's second PSL fixture, or catching up with the goings on in Wellington earlier. We'll be back for more tomorrow, when there's Test action in New Zealand and Bangladesh, a T20I in South Africa, as well as day three at the WT20WC, when England and South Africa will start their campaigns. Toodle pip until then!

9.50pm: Time to wrap things up with the presentations, firstly with Player of the Match, Hayley Jensen: "It's been really good, a bit nervy at the start, which you could probably tell in our bowling, but good to get the first win out of the way. [WACA pitch?] Nice for me, makes me feel like a faster bowler, skidding on which suits me perfectly. Knew it was a good pitch with a fast outfield, they would come hard early but we picked up a couple of wickets, and stuck to our guns."

SL captain Chamari Atapattu: "We were good in the first six, but unfortunately I got out in the 12th over and the middle order struggled. NZ bowled well, and put pressure on our middle-order and lower-order batters. We tried to play to our potential, some can't hit sixes, so we look for doubles and we can score 6-7 runs an over, so we'll work on that. [Dropped catches?] Catches win matches, we lost three chances and two off Sophie Devine, so we couldn't stop her. I told my team to play positively, with courage, our natural game. If we want to level up we have to play freely. [Perth?] This wicket was good for batters, pace and bounce, I love to play here, but we have to adapt quickly in the next game."

NZ captain Sophie Devine: [Bad start?] "We knew we had to stay patient, we know the threat they posses at the top with Chamari. We didn't bowl consistently enough, she got away and played some great shots. But we knew if we got some wickets, we could tighten the screw. [Pitch?] Perth is a little bit bouncier, but that's no excuse, the way Hayley Jensen bowled was fantastic, she hit the deck hard and hit the top of the bat. Amelia [Kerr] is great for us, she has a calm head and it's great to throw her the ball when they're going well. [Raised game as captain?] Seems that way, we've had some fantastic leaders, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, and I want to be the same, to lead from the front. I've challenged myself to be more consistent over the last 12-18 month. We practiced for this ground, and that worked. We're based at Melbourne for the next three games, so we'll get to know Junction Oval very well. We need to be tighter up top, be disciplined with ball and bat. We were under the pump for a good part of the match but nice to finish it off, Maddy Green played really well and that'll serve us well in this tournament."

9.45pm: New Zealand continue their dominance over Sri Lanka in this format, though it wasn't as comfortable as the final scorecard makes it look. If Sophie Devine had been taken at long-on when she had made 18, well, who knows how this chase would have gone? But in the end, New Zealand's captain rolled on to another half-century, guiding her team home with room to spare. Sri Lanka definitely had their moments, from 60 for 0 before a slow slide towards 127; then restricting NZ to 25 for 1 in the Powerplay. But they couldn't sustain it through the whole 40 overs, and those lapses in the field proved costly.

17.4
4
Kulasuriya to Devine, FOUR runs
sits back and guides this through backward point for another boundary, sealing a seven-wicket win for NZ!
17.3
4
Kulasuriya to Devine, FOUR runs
flashes hard, thick top edge, clears the keeper! Skips away and NZ are on the brink
17.2
1
Kulasuriya to Martin, 1 run
dug in short, Martin hoicks a pull into the leg side, lands safely for in a gap for one

Zubair Islam has spotted the key turning point for SL - removing Suzie Bates: "Fall of second wkt results in over 55 runs in 5 overs...match is done n dusted"

17.1
2
Kulasuriya to Martin, 2 runs
short of a length wide of off stump and sliced through backward point for a couple

Achini Kulasuriya to bowl

Just eight runs required, 18 balls left and seven wickets standing. This should be straightforward...

end of over 179 runs • 1 wicket
NZ-W: 120/3CRR: 7.05 • RRR: 2.66 • Need 8 from 18b
Katey Martin1 (1)
Sophie Devine67 (53)
Chamari Atapattu3-0-26-1
Udeshika Prabodhani4-1-16-0
16.6
1
Jayangani to Martin, 1 run
lobbed up full and straight and worked for a single to leg

Katey Martin is next in

16.5
w
Jayangani to Green, OUT
bowled 'er! Atapattu rolls out a finger-wagging celebration as Green swings across the line and misses a straight one... But is that too little too late for Sri Lanka?
ML Green b Jayangani 29 (20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 145.00
16.4
1
Jayangani to Devine, 1 run
flat outside off, Devine slugs down the ground to long-off
16.3
6
Jayangani to Devine, SIX runs
dropped! De Silva lets it pop through her grasp at deep midwicket, gifting six into the bargain! More frustration for Atapattu, the game slipping away for SL
16.2
Jayangani to Devine, no run
flighted, comes across outside off, punched to extra cover
16.1
1
Jayangani to Green, 1 run
lobbed up and drilled down the ground to long-on

Chamari Atapattu returns

end of over 1612 runs
NZ-W: 111/2CRR: 6.93 • RRR: 4.25 • Need 17 from 24b
Sophie Devine60 (50)
Maddy Green28 (18)
Udeshika Prabodhani4-1-16-0
Sugandika Kumari3-0-22-0

Fifty partnership between these two, and suddenly NZ need 17 from four overs, and this looks a done deal...

15.6
6
Prabodhani to Devine, SIX runs
heaves a full toss over long-on! Right in her wheelhouse and Devine tonks it well back beyond the boundary boards, that's going for six anywhere you like
15.5
1
Prabodhani to Green, 1 run
length outside off, Green swipes through the covers
15.4
1
Prabodhani to Devine, 1 run
nudges one more into a gap
15.3
2
Prabodhani to Devine, 2 runs
slapped through the off side, there's a-hooting and a-hollering as the scuttle back for two
15.2
1
Prabodhani to Green, 1 run
slogged into the off side, big top edge, but it's going to land safely! Gets away with a hack towards extra cover
15.1
1
Prabodhani to Devine, 1 run
pitched up and driven calmly down the ground for one

Udeshika Prabodhani to finish her allocation

end of over 159 runs
NZ-W: 99/2CRR: 6.6 • RRR: 5.80 • Need 29 from 30b
Sophie Devine50 (46)
Maddy Green26 (16)
Sugandika Kumari3-0-22-0
Chamari Atapattu2-0-17-0

Abhijato's back (with the hard work already done): "If you ask for it, then why not? :D New Zealand will win the match. (But don't encourage me to play a mug's game, Mr Gardner ;)"

14.6
1
Kumari to Devine, 1 run
tossed up, worked off the pads for one, that's fifty for Devine! A captain's knock, anchoring this chase for NZ... and she's extended her own record, with a sixth consecutive 50-plus score in T20Is
14.5
4
Kumari to Devine, FOUR runs
drops short, Devine clubs a pull away, past short fine leg... that's going to run to the fence! Beat the fielder in the ring, and the dive in the deep, too
Best performances - batsmen
SFM Devine
75 runs (55)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
on drive
18 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
18726631716
AC Jayangani
41 runs (30)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
square drive
10 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
5110112156
Best performances - bowlers
HNK Jensen
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
3
Eco
4.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
AC Kerr
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
2
Eco
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
TossNew Zealand Women , elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Player Of The Match
Hayley Jensen
Match numberWomen's T20I no. 848
Season2019/20
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days22 February 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Sue Redfern
Ahsan Raza
TV Umpire
Claire Polosak
Reserve Umpire
Nitin Menon
Match Referee
GS Lakshmi
PointsNew Zealand Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0