New Zealand knock Sri Lanka out of T20 World Cup in 102-run rout

PAARL: New Zealand saved their Girls’s T20 World Cup hopes alive with a 102-run rout of Sri Lanka at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday.

Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr hit half-centuries because the White Ferns scored 162 for 3 on a sluggish pitch.

Sri Lanka may solely handle 60 in reply.

New Zealand moved into second place in Group One behind defending champions Australia, however may nonetheless be overtaken by hosts South Africa, who play Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka, who gained their first two matches, completed the group stage degree on factors with New Zealand however have been eradicated on web run fee.

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Bates adopted up her unbeaten 81 in opposition to Bangladesh on Friday with 56, whereas Kerr hit 66.

Bernadine Bezuidenhout set the tone for New Zealand, hitting 32 off 20 balls in a gap partnership of 46 in 5.4 overs with Bates.

Kerr joined Bates and the pair added 110 for the second wicket earlier than Bates was stumped within the final over. Kerr was run out off the penultimate ball of the innings.

The New Zealand batters went for his or her pictures and ran laborious between wickets.

It was a efficiency that was in stark distinction to an earlier match on the identical pitch when neither West Indies nor Pakistan may obtain a scoring fee of a run a ball.

Sri Lanka wilted underneath the stress. Bezuidenhout and Bates have been each dropped and there have been quite a few misfields.

Set to attain greater than eight runs an over, Sri Lanka’s possibilities evaporated quickly.

They misplaced three wickets within the six-over powerplay earlier than Amelia Kerr delivered a killer blow by trapping Sri Lanka captain and star participant Chamari Athapaththu for 19 within the eighth over.

New Zealand used six bowlers they usually all took wickets, with Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr taking two every.

Temporary scores:

New Zealand 162-3 in 20 overs (A. Kerr 66, S. Bates 56) v Sri Lanka 60 in 15.5 overs (A. Kerr 2-7, L. Tahuhu 2-12).

Outcome: New Zealand gained by 102 runs
Toss: New Zealand