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Suzie Bates leads from front as New Zealand Women wrap up T20I series 3-0

Suzie Bates (left) scored unbeaten 65
Suzie Bates (left) scored unbeaten 65

New Zealand Women 126-4 (Bates 65no) beat
Pakistan Women 84 (Rowe 3-18) by 42 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Sharjah

Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten 65 run knock to help New Zealand Women post 126 for four following Hannah Rowe and Amelia Kerr shared five wickets between them to bowl out Pakistan for 84 runs and complete a 42 run victory in the final Twenty20 International in Sharjah.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. Natalia Pervaiz (2-12) struck twice in the first two overs to remove in-form Sophie Devine (6) and Maddy Green (5) while Amy Satterthwaite (8) was run out as the visitors were reduced to 31 for three by the seventh over.

Bates (65 not out) held one end up and had support from Katey Martin (25) to help the White Ferns resurrected the innings with a 57 run stand.

Even though Martin fell in the 17th over, Bates went on to complete a half-century while a cameo from Katie Perkins (14 not out) also proved handy to take the total to 126 for four in the 20 overs.

In response, Nahida Khan (23) and Sidra Ameen (16) got Pakistan off to a promising start but once they fell, the innings lost momentum and with regular wickets from Rowe (3-18) and Kerr (2-8) ensuring New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 84 and completed a 42 run victory.

The result also meant New Zealand completed their tour of United Arab Emirates with a 3-0 series victory.

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