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New Zealand Women off to a winning start against Pakistan Women

Suzie Bates top-scored in the game
Suzie Bates top-scored in the game
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New Zealand Women 157-2 (Bates 54) beat
Pakistan Women 156 (Abidi 49) by eight wickets
First One-Day International in Lincoln

After a three-wicket haul from Lea Tahuhu restricted Pakistan Women to 156, fifties from Suzie Bates and Sam Curtis ensured New Zealand Women chased down the target in 23 overs with eight wickets in hand in the first One-Day International in Lincoln.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Tahuhu (3-37) had Ayesha Zafar (7) caught behind in the fifth over while Morna Nielsen (2-27) dismissed Nahida Khan (2) to restrict Pakistan to 27 for two.

Bismah Maroof (0) failed to make any contribution following which Nain Abidi (49) and Nida Dar (19) added a 62-run stand to stabilise the innings.

However, once the partnership was broken, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Asmavia Iqbal (49 not out) ensuring the visitors reached 156 before getting dismissed.

In the chase, Bates (64) and Curits (55 not out) gave a steady start of 100 runs for the opening wicket. Sana Mir (1-36) provided Pakistan some respite with the wicket of Bates as she nicked one to the keeper.

Even though, New Zealand lost Amy Satterthwaite (18), Curtis along with Katey Martin (13 not out) ensured New Zealand completed the chase in 23 overs with eight wickets in hand.

The win has also given them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series .

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