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The first women's T20 international saw England emerge victorious over New Zealand - here's a summary of the game.
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The first women’s T20 international saw England emerge victorious over New Zealand – here’s a summary of the game.

The coverage quickly ends as England successfully finishes their first game of the tour. Knight’s impressive half-century, along with tight performances from Glenn and Dean, helped secure the win. Bell also eliminated the threat of Bates. A few run-outs added to the success. We apologize for any duplicate entries and moments of fatigue. We will return for the next game on Friday night, but until then, farewell.

Heather Knight received praise for her performance: “We had a good read on the surface, although there are a couple of things we can improve on. Overall, our first run out was pretty successful.”

A much-awaited email has arrived! Paul Cockburn writes, “There was a statistic indicating that Bates, Melie Kerr, and Devine contribute about 80% of the White Ferns’ runs.” He adds, “They lack strong strikers.” This is definitely the case when two of them are playing in the WPL league.

The 20th over saw New Zealand’s score at 133-5, with Halliday scoring 27 runs and Kerr scoring 8. Gibson had the honor of bowling the final over, her blond bun shining in the sun. She bowled carefully, but it was not enough for New Zealand who ultimately lost by 27 runs. The players shook hands in congratulations.

At the end of the 19th over, New Zealand has a score of 124-5 with Halliday at 20 and Kerr at 6. New Zealand is in need of a miraculous comeback.

The 18th over sees New Zealand at 109-4 with Halliday scoring 11 runs. Halliday manages to get four runs off Dean, but the loss of Greig’s wicket is a significant setback.

Unfortunately, it was a disappointing debut – out by a long shot.

In the 17th over, the score stands at 109-4 for New Zealand with Halliday scoring 11. Unfortunately, mid-on accidentally hits the ball and it goes out of bounds, earning four runs for Bates. But she becomes overzealous and eventually, Dunkley catches the ball, resulting in the key player, Bates, being out. With their main woman gone, England can begin to breathe a little easier.

In the 15th over, New Zealand has scored 102-3 with Bates at 60 and Halliday at 9. Bates breaks free with back-to-back fours off Gibson.

In the sixteenth over, New Zealand’s current score is 102-3 with Bates at 60 and Halliday at 9. Bates finally breaks free and hits back-to-back fours off Gibson’s bowling.

At the 15th over, the score for New Zealand is 90-3 with Suzie Bates at 51 runs and Halliday at 6 runs. Bates has achieved her 28th T20 international century and this is her first half-century against England since July 2010. If she wants to lead her team to victory, she will need to increase her scoring rate.

In the 14th over, New Zealand’s score is 84-3 (Bates is at 49 and Halliday is at 2). They have 78 runs left to make in 36 balls.

In the 13th over, New Zealand’s score is at 77-3 with Bates at 42 runs. They are only scoring singles, which may not be enough as they aim for a big score. However, as I took a brief break from watching, I missed the moment when Green was unfortunately dismissed. Upon viewing a replay, it seems she had moved forward towards the wicket and hit the ball straight, but it went through Dean’s hands and hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

In the 12th over of the match, New Zealand’s score is 72-2 with Bates at 42 runs and Green at 4 runs. Gibson showed impressive variation in the pace of the ball. The commentators mention that New Zealand has struggled with finding a way to increase their scoring during the middle overs in recent matches.

In the eleventh over, New Zealand’s score reaches 68-2 with Bates scoring 40 and Green scoring 3. Glenn only gives away five singles, maintaining an economical run rate. However, for New Zealand to win, they not only need to score at a rate of ten per over, but also surpass the highest score in women’s T20 internationals in New Zealand.

Raf speaks up once again, considered the expert since no one else is currently awake. “This highlights England’s vulnerability in their seam bowling,” she explains. “There have been several injuries, such as to Kemp, as well as poor performances, resulting in Wong being dropped, and debatable choices made in selecting the team, such as dropping Davies.”

In the tenth over, New Zealand has a score of 63-2 with Bates scoring 37 and Green scoring 1. Knight substitutes for herself and produces three dots and three singles.

“The ninth over sees New Zealand at 60-2 with Bates scoring 35 runs. Glenn came close to knocking Bates’s stumps with a delivery, but was unable to do so. However, she manages to dismiss Plimmer with the last ball as Plimmer fails to hit the ball enough to avoid being caught by a fielder.”

Plimmer attempted, but was unsuccessful, in making space for his team. However, his pass only went high and into the hands of the awaiting Bell.

In the eighth over of the game, New Zealand’s score is 56-1 with Bates at 33 runs and Plimmer at 19 runs. Filer falls to the ground in the beginning and follow through of her second over, just like she did in her first over. However, on the third ball, she manages to stay upright while Bates swings her bat, resulting in an outside edge that barely misses the gloves of Jones who is diving. Filer repeats this in the next ball and Bates gets another boundary through an outside edge.

In the seventh over, New Zealand has a score of 46 for 1 wicket. Bates has a score of 26 while Plimmer has 17. In comes Sarah Glenn with her wrist spin. Bates manages to get a single, but Plimmer is stuck with three dots. Finally, with a sweep, she gets a single.

In the sixth over, New Zealand has scored 44 runs with only one wicket lost. Bates has contributed 25 runs while Plimmer has added 16. Along the boundary, there is a small hill where viewers can relax in the warm sunshine. Charlie Dean bowls a second over for New Zealand, and it is skillfully maneuvered by the team.

In the fifth over of the match between New Zealand and an opponent, New Zealand has scored 38 runs and lost one wicket. The first ball from Lauren Filer in T20 has been hit quickly by Bates towards mid-on for four runs. Bates has a unique and fast approach to the crease, similar to Charlie Chaplin’s 50km walk. She earns four more runs from an edge that flies. And in an impressive display, Bates hammers Filer for another four runs, showing she has no plans of letting Filer settle into the match.

In the fourth over, New Zealand’s score is 26 for 1 with Bates batting at 11 and Plimmer at 12. Charlie Dean is wearing her usual sunglasses. It is known that Plimmer typically scores six runs against off-spinners, so it will be interesting to see how she does. She quickly gives Bates the strike, but she only faces one delivery before they switch again. My dog snores beside me.

On the third over, the score for New Zealand is 22-1 with Bates scoring 9 and Plimmer scoring 10. Bell has a distinctive high-kneed stance as she prepares to bowl. Plimmer, who has a youthful appearance, scores a single and later hits a four along the ground. Bates, who has played 310 international games and is just behind Mithali Raj in terms of experience, offers words of encouragement.

In the second over, New Zealand has a score of 13-1 with Bates and Plimmer batting. The bowling is opened by Gibson from the other end. A great display of fielding on the boundary prevents a four, but Bates manages to score a boundary with a stylish cut.

First over: New Zealand scores 4 runs for 1 wicket (Bates 2, Plimmer 1). Intense over from Bell, uneasy start from the White Ferns. “There’s no chance of New Zealand successfully chasing this,” comments Raf, watching from a couch on the other side of the country.

The beginning is not ideal. Gaze narrowly avoids getting out on the second ball, but unfortunately succumbs on the next, hitting a leading edge to Heath who has to backtrack to catch it.

In the 20th over, England has reached a score of 160-4 with Bouchier at 43 runs and Gibson at 1. Plimmer misses a full toss at midwicket and there is a runout, leading to just a few singles in the last over by Mair. The English team seems satisfied with their performance, as Bouchier states, “We were aiming for 150 or more on this pitch.” I’m going to take a quick break to splash some water on my face at this early hour.

In the 20th over, England is at a score of 160-4 with Bouchier at 43 and Gibson at 1. Plimmer at midwicket misses a full toss, resulting in a runout and only a few singles scored in the last over by Mair. England seems satisfied with their performance, as Bouchier comments, “We were aiming for a score of 150 plus on this nice pitch.” Excuse me as I take a break to refresh myself with water at this early hour.

The request for evaluation is made, but the cameras allow her to continue despite a daring jump.

In the 19th over of the match, England’s score is 154-3 with Bouchier at 38 runs and Jones at 2 runs. Suzie Bates, surprisingly, misses a catch. However, Knight is likely to be dismissed soon after with a brilliant performance.

The knight ventures over to Kerr, but is ultimately defeated as Gaze skillfully removes the bails.

In the 18th over, England has a score of 149-2 with Bouchier at 37 runs and Knight at 61 runs. Knight hits a four by pulling Tahuhu’s delivery. She then celebrates reaching fifty off the next ball with a smile and a wristy shot – remarkably, her first half-century against New Zealand. The over ends with a six and makes the run chase look effortless for England.

In the 18th over of the match, England’s score is 149-2 with Bouchier at 37 runs and Knight at 61 runs. Knight scores four runs with a pull shot off Tahuhu’s delivery and reaches her fifty on the following ball with a happy expression and a flick of her wrist. This is her first fifty against New Zealand, accomplished in just 33 balls. She finishes the over strong with a six, making batting look easy.

In the seventeenth over, England has scored 131 runs with two wickets lost. Bouchier is at 36 runs and Knight is at 44.

In the 16th over, England’s score is 124-2 with Bouchier at 32 and Knight at 41. Susie Bates comes on to bowl and almost gets a wicket immediately – an lbw is called on the field, but Knight appeals confidently. Upon review, it is shown that the ball hit Knight’s bat, not her leg. She then scores four runs, as is often the case after a close call. Bates comes close to getting a wicket again when Bouchier is beat, but the wicket-keeper misses the stumping. Knight is playing very confidently and skillfully.

In the 16th over, England’s score is 124-2 with Bouchier at 32 runs and Knight at 41 runs. Susie Bates comes in to bowl and almost takes a wicket right away. The umpire gives an lbw, but Knight immediately appeals and the cameras show she was correct, as her bat was in the way. Knight then hits four runs after the close call. Bates comes close to getting her reward when Bouchier is almost out, but the wicket-keeper misses the stumping. Knight is playing with great confidence and skill.

In the fifteenth over, England’s score is 114 with two wickets down. Bouchier and Knight are the current batsmen. Jonas bowls three dots, trying to increase the pressure, but Knight remains active.

In the 15th over of the match, England’s score is 114-2 with Bouchier scoring 29 and Knight scoring 35. Jonas manages to keep the pressure on but is unable to stop Knight from scoring.

In the 15th over, England’s score is 114-2 with Bouchier at 29 and Knight at 35. Jonas delivered three consecutive dots, showing improved pressure, but was unable to stifle Knight’s scoring.

Source: theguardian.com