In a 13th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup played between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Saturday, the ‘White Ferns’ managed to defend a derisory 91 run target.
By restricting Bangladesh at 74, the Kiwi team also set a Women’s T20 world record for the lowest total defended.
After trapping New Zealand at 91, Bangladesh were indeed the happier side and looked confident of chasing down the low score comfortably, but the Sophie Devine-led side had some other plans.
After losing both the openers in the powerplay, the Asian side were never able to get back in the game and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Bangladeshi batters succumbed to the pressure created by New Zealand and lost the contest by 17 runs.
Leigh Kasperek and Hayley Jensen paired up to disintegrate the Bangladesh batting line-up, picking up three wickets each. They were well assisted by Amelia Kerr and Sophie, who claimed one wicket each.
For her 3/11, Jensen was honored with the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Earlier, medium-pacer Ritu Moni and skipper Salma Khatun joined hands to shatter the New Zealand batting unit. Ritu dismissed four batters while Salma sent three batters back to the dug-out. All-rounder Rumana Ahmed also shined with the ball and took two wickets to restrict the mighty Kiwi team at 91.