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New Zealand wins first T20I

West Indies falls 32 runs short of home side's total in first of the five-match T20I series

New Zealand wins first T20I - Cricket News
New Zealand women beats West Indies women by 32 runs in the first T20I.
A defiant opening stand between Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine guided New Zealand Women to a comfortable 32-run win over West Indies Women in the first of five Twenty20 Internationals between the two sides at Queen's Park at Invercargill on Saturday (March 1).
 
Put in to bat, New Zealand's openers set the platform for a big score, but none of the other batters got going. It eventually folded for 120 for 7 in 20 overs. New Zealand's bowlers, however, pulled off a good all-round performance to bowl West Indies out for 88 in 18.1 overs.
 
New Zealand's openers got off to a lightning start, adding 53 runs in 7.4 overs before captain Bates edged one to the wicketkeeper off Shakera Selman for 32. Devine and Sara McGlashan then added 32 for the second wicket before Tremayne Smartt delivered a double blow to pick up Devine for a well-made 40, and McGlashan two balls later.  

None of the other batters were able to capitalize on the start, and from 85 for 3 in 13 overs, New Zealand managed to add only 35 runs in the last 7 overs.

West Indies’s chase got off to a promising start as openers Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean put on 18 in 2.1 overs. However, Sri Lanka then lost four wickets in a rush to be reduced to 36 for 4 in 7.4 overs. Hayley Jensen accounted for two of the wickets while Devine sent back the dangerous Kycia.
 
The only substantial partnership for West Indies came when Vanessa Watts Shaquana Quintyne shared a 24-run stand for the seventh wicket before Devine picked up her second wicket. Anisa Mohammad and Selman were run out in the span of an over, folding for 88.

The second T20I will be played on Sunday at the same venue.

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