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by Manuj Sharma Thursday 17 November 2016
New Zealand Women 162-3 (Bates 66) beatPakistan Women 158 (Zafar 52) by seven wicketsFourth One-Day International in Nelson
After Holly Huddleston's four-wicket haul restricted Pakistan Women to 158, fifties from Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine helped New Zealand Women chased down the target in just 22.3 overs to ensure a seven-wicket win and claim a 4-0 lead in the series.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ayesha Zafar (52) looked in great form as she negated the new ball bowlers of New Zealand along with Nahida Khan (16).
Zafar added 46 runs with Nahida and another 58-run stand for the second wicket Javeria Khan (30) to help Pakistan cross the 100-run mark. She also completed her fifty off 78 deliveries and had seven boundaries in it.
Huddleston (4-20) along with Amy Satterthwaite (2-34) and Lea Tahuhu (2-29) triggered a collapse which saw Pakistan lose seven wickets for 25 runs and were reduced to 132 for eight.
Sana Mir's (31) 58-ball knock ensured Pakistan reached 158 before they were bowled out.
Despite, losing Rachel Priest (16) early in the chase, Bates (66) and Devine (54) added 94 runs for the second wicket which almost put Pakistan out of the game. The runs came in just 84 deliveries.
Bates completed her fifty off 40 deliveries while Devine needed 49 balls to reach her milestone as New Zealand crossed the 130-run mark in the 18th over.
Even though, Pakistan managed to remove both the settled batsmen, they could not prevent New Zealand from completing a seven-wicket win which also gave them a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
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