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New Zealand resist Pakistan to kick-start ICC Women's Championship with a win

Sophie Devine (right) scored a century for New Zealand
Sophie Devine (right) scored a century for New Zealand

New Zealand Women 240-9 (Devine 103) beat
Pakistan Women 232 (Javeria 55) by eight runs
First One-Day International in Sharjah

Sophie Devine scored a brilliant century as New Zealand resisted top order brilliance from Pakistan to win the first One-Day International in Sharjah by eight runs and get their first points in the ICC Women's Championship.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. Devine (103) and Suzie Bates (36) started the innings positively with a 65 run opening stand that came off just 12.3 overs with both the players scoring at almost run a ball.

Skipper Bates was the first to fall but Devine went on to add another 56 run stand for the second wicket with Amy Satterthwaite (20). As Sana Mir (3-33) was troubling the middle order of New Zealand, Devine continued to hold the innings and even went past a fine century.

As the rest of the batting collapsed, useful knocks from Maddy Green (22) and Amelia Kerr (30) provided the much needed support for Devine as New Zealand went on to post 240 for nine in the 50 overs. Mir was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with a three wicket haul.

In the chase, Ayesha Zafar (0) fell early but knocks from Nahida Khan (51), Javeria Khan (55) and skipper Bismah Maroof (41) provided solid support to take the score to 175 for three in the 37th over but New Zealand fought back brilliantly in the end overs to bowl out Pakistan for 232 runs in 48.3 overs.

The win has also given Pakistan 1-0 lead in the three match series and also two points in the ICC Women's Championship.

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