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New Zealand Women survive lower-order scare to defeat Pakistan Women

Lea Tahuhu picked three wickets for New Zealand.
Lea Tahuhu picked three wickets for New Zealand.

New Zealand Women 118-9 (Perry 26) beat
Pakistan Women 104 (Kerr 3-16) by 14 runs
Only Twenty20 International in Nelson

After three-wicket hauls from Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr rattled Pakistan Women's top-order, New Zealand Women successfully overcame fight from the lower order to register a 14-run win in the solitary Twenty20 International in Nelson.

New Zealand lost Suzie Bates (0) and Rachel Priest (1) early after opting to bat first on winning the toss.

Sophie Devine (14), Amy Satterthwaite (14) and Katey Martin (19) got starts but failed to carry on as New Zealand were reduced to 45 for five.

Useful contributions from Liz Perry (26), Katie Perkins (17) and Tahuhu (16) helped New Zealand post 118 for nine in the 20 overs.

A triple strike from Tahuhu (3-17) and a twin strike from Thamsyn Newton (2-25) saw Pakistan in deep trouble at 60 for eight.

Sana Mir (17) and Aliya Riaz (28 not out) posted a valiant fight with their 30-run stand but Kerr (3-16) castled the former as Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 104.

The 14-run win helped New Zealand claim the series 1-0.

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