England gained an early 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, though a comeback from the visitors is still on the cards.
England v New Zealand, 2nd ODI
New Road, Worcester
19 September, 11:00 Local
The story of the first ODI was that the bowlers of both the teams matched each other but it was the England batting that proved to be the difference. However, New Zealand were able to take the game closer than one would imagine, all due to the magnanimous efforts of Amy Satterthwaite with an unbeaten 79* to chase down 242.
Though the efforts from New Zealand's tail that waged and forced England to put on their thinking caps was a positive for the visitors to take from the match.
Remember the last time
England were provided with a stable base by the openers Tammy Beaumont (44) and Lauren Winfield-Hill (21). The start was followed by Heather Knight's gritty innings of 89 off 107 in partnership with Katherine Brunt who made a crucial 43. The duo's 88-run stand pushed the hosts to a par total of 241 before being bowled out in the final over.
The hosts grappled early command over the defence with three wickets for 31. Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine attempted to replicate the Knight-Brunt partnership while adding 78 runs for the third wicket. However, the wickets kept tumbling once Devine was dismissed for a steady 34. The visitors were bundled out for 211 in 46.3 overs despite Satterthwaite's solitary retaliation of 79 not out as England sealed a 30-run win.
What they said
Heather Knight (England captain): "You had to really extend your partnerships, hide your ego as a batter, and be disciplined in what you attacked. A lot of learning, a bit closer than it felt in the end. We want to find ways to add to the team and improve it, as well as have a wider squad."
Sophie Devine (New Zealand captain): "We knew we were capable but didn't keep wickets in hand. We saw the damage the lower order can do, it's one that got away, and that's the positive. We know that the game is going to ebb and flow, got to hang tough at times."
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