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Women's T20 WC: Kerr's heroics guides NZ to 102-run win over Sri Lanka

New Zealand has climbed up to second place in the points table with two wins in four matches and two losses. They have a total of four points

New Zealand team. (Photo: ICC)

New Zealand team. (Photo: ICC)

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An all-round performance by Amelia Kerr and superb show by bowlers helped New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 102 runs in their ICC Women's T20 World Cup match on Monday to make sure that Group 1 goes down the wire.
With this win, New Zealand has climbed up to second place in the points table with two wins in four matches and two losses. They have a total of four points. Sri Lanka also has the same statistics but is in third place due to its inferior net-run rate.
Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr combined for a second wicket stand of 110, their nation's third-highest ever at the tournament, to lift their side to an imposing 162 for three.
Sri Lanka was meek in reply, rolled for 60 to end their hopes of progression to the semi-finals, suffering the second-biggest defeat in T20 World Cup history in the process.
New Zealand preached positivity in the lead-up and Bernadine Bezuidenhout epitomised that approach, crushing a series of fours through the leg side when the bowling was too straight.
She raced to 32 from 20 balls but played one shot too many off Achini Kulasuriya, spooning a catch to Chamari Athapaththu at mid-off. NZ was 46/1 at that point.
Bates and Kerr dropped anchor with the former picking up where she left off in the win over Bangladesh, piercing the field beautifully with the first two balls of the ninth over.
The pair did not score at an express pace but Kerr chose Athapaththu's 13th over to accelerate, cover driving for four and then whipping through square leg to make it 93 for one.
Sri Lanka's fielding was lacklustre - Bezuidenhout was given two early reprieves, Nilakshi de Silva shelling an easy chance to get Bates and a point-blank run-out missed later on.
Kerr brought up her maiden T20I half-century off 40 balls and Bates her 24th in the closing stages.
The White Ferns rattled along to a fine total despite Bates being stumped for 56 off 49 balls and Kerr run out for 66 off 48 balls in the final over.
Sri Lanka coasted to 22 without loss in reply before capitulating.
Harshitha Samarawickrama (8) holed out to deep midwicket off Eden Carson's off-spin and then Bates took a stunner running back from mid-on to dismiss 17-year-old Vishmi Gunaratne for a duck.
Nilakshi de Silva swiped at a yorker and was clean bowled for a duck to leave Sri Lanka floundering on 24 for three.
Athapaththu (19) briefly remained among the rubble but the hammer blow came when the captain was trapped in front by Amelia Kerr, given not out on field, a decision overturned on review.
The collapse continued when Anushka Sanjeewani chopped onto her stumps off Lea Tahuhu and the quick got another in her next over when Kavisha Dilhari patted to extra cover.
18-year-old Fran Jonas struck in her first over, bowling Oshadi Ranasinghe for three, and Sugandika Kumari was skilfully run out by Bezuidenhout at 48 for eight.
After a brief resistance from Malsha Shehani (10) and Inoka Ranaweera (5), the former was bowled by the outstanding Amelia Kerr and Achini Kulasuriya not batting due to injury.
Besides Kerr, Lea Tahuhu picked up 2/12 in her four overs. Eden Carson, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Fran Jonas took a wicket each.
Amelia was named as the 'Player of the Match' for her all-round performance.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 162/3 (Amelia Kerr 66, Suzie Bates 56; Achini Kulasuriya 1/14) beat Sri Lanka 60 all out in 15.5 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 19, Malsha Shehani 10; Amelia Kerr 2/7).

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First Published: Feb 20 2023 | 9:22 AM IST

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