New Zealand is bidding for its first ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title after two appearances in the final, in 2009 and 2010. It reached the semi-finals of the last tournament in 2012 where it lost by seven wickets to eventual runner-up England. Its one global title came at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2000. It has also been runner-up in the World Cup on three occasions. Captain and opening batter Suzie Bates, an all-round sportswoman who represented New Zealand in basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is one of six players worldwide to have scored more than 1,000 runs in T20 Internationals. She is fourth on the list with 1,202 runs at a strike-rate of 102.29. In 2013, New Zealand won three (two against Australia and one against West Indies) and lost four T20Is. It won four (against West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan and Australia) and lost six ODIs in the same time period.