New Zealand grab spot in semis with triumph over Sri Lanka

NEW Zealand are the second team through to the Semi Finals from Group B at the Commonwealth Games, after a 45 run win over Sri Lanka.

After electing to bat first, the New Zealanders were flying at about seven runs an over before they lost their first wicket.

However, that loss of Sophie Devine really put a holt in the free flowing scoring the White Ferns had been enjoying early on in the match.

The wickets became more consistent for the Sri Lankans as the New Zealanders struggled to put up a partnership anywhere close to the opening partnership.

They ultimately made 147 off their 20 overs, which is still a very competitive tally, but they did so seven wickets down.  

Unsurprisingly it was the Kiwi openers who ended up as top scorers. Suzie Bates made 34 while Devine made 24. Plenty of others got starts but much like Bates and Devine could not keep going.

Meanwhile for the Sri Lankans, Oshadhi Ranasignhe and Inoka Ranaweera were the pick of the bowlers, taking two and three wickets respectively.

Sri Lanka’s reply could not have started much worse, with Chamari Athapaththu dismissed for a duck only four balls into the innings.

That was a sign of what was to come for the Sri Lankans as most batters could not make a double figure score, and Nilakshika Silva’s 36 was the only really decent start that went somewhere. Ranasinghe was the only other batter to make a double figure score.

New Zealand conceded 13 extras too, and yet the Sri Lankans still struggled to score.

In the end they finished on 8/102 off their 20 overs.

Meanwhile for New Zealand, it was their lesser known stars who really shone with the ball.

Hayley Jensen was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/5 off her four overs, which included 20 dot balls in her spell.

Eden Carson was the other bowler who took multiple wickers, taking 2/30 off her four overs.

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