Sophie Devine hits 100th T20I with New Zealand win
By Tanushka Gain
on Sun Sep 05 2021
A half-century from New Zealand captain Sophie Devine, playing her 100th T20I, helped her team to a four-wicket win in their second meeting with England at Howe.
Sophie Devine hit four sixes and two fours, taking two wickets on her way to her total of 50 runs in 41 balls. Because England were limited to 127 runs for 7 wickets.
The hosts were missing captain Heather Knight for the second consecutive match due to a hamstring injury and bowling lead Katherine Brunt.
Hannah Rowe and Leigh Kasperek also claimed two wickets each for an unchanged but improved New Zealand fielding. Because England lost important wickets early and lacked a truly exceptional performer with the bat.
Maddie Villiers was excellent on the field to keep England’s hopes alive. He pulled off an amazing straight hit to run out Suzy Bates and took three more catches. In which a catch was also included from his own bowling. Because Sophie was shaken after Devine’s departure. But that was not enough as New Zealand leveled the series at 1-1 with one match remaining.
It was a welcome return to form for Sophie Devine, playing her second match since taking a break from mental health in March. Out for 2 in the first match, where he also gave three chances in what he described as New Zealand’s “rusty” performance, he made a huge dent in England’s line by dismissing the dangerous Nat Sciver and Amy Jones off successive deliveries. -UP.
Sciver faced six balls before hitting a boundary off Sophie Devine through fine leg. But got out on the next ball. When he handed the catch to Rowe. Who did well from deep backward square. Jones then bowled the next ball over cover to Thamesin Newton. And in the fifth over, England were bowled out for 3 for 25 at zero. Jess Kerr produced a beautiful inswinger on account of Tammy Beaumont. who already could not match their important 97. Play.
But it was Devine’s impact with the bat that proved most important. He sent Freya Davis over deep square leg for his first six, then Tash Farrant to deep backward square and then twice off Sciver and Sarah Glenn over deep midwicket to complete his maximum collection by finding the roof of the hospitality box .
When she was 25, Davies brought her fifty to a jump mid-off for four, after it was dropped at short fine leg by Glenn off a ball from Sophie Devine Ecclestone. She fell after a while. Well caught after a run by Villiers and a foul dive off Farrant’s finger, by that time New Zealand were 100 for 3 and were within reach of the target.
Knight’s absence meant an international debut for Mia Bouchier. Unlike Emma Lamb, who earn her first cap on Wednesday without facing or bowling a ball. Bouchier was call to the job when Sofia Dunkley fell in a return catch by Kasperek for 21, leaving England 61 for 4.
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