An unbeaten century by captain Suzie Bates and an opening partnership of 175 runs with Sophie Devine helped New Zealand Women defeat Windies Women by eight wickets in the second one-day international at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Thursday, 8 March.
The hosts eased to their target of 195 with 19.2 overs to spare, with Bates unbeaten on 101.
Earlier, the bowlers had done well to keep the opposition to below 200, with Leigh Kasperek taking 4/44 and Lea Tahuhu 3/42.
With this victory, New Zealand have taken a 2-0 win in the three-match ODI series. While Windies have lost the series, they still have two vital ICC Women’s Championship points to fight for in the final game on Sunday, 11 March, at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
An impressive run rate was the hallmark of the New Zealand innings as the Windies bowlers found it hard to settle into a rhythm and create any kind of pressure.
Devine hit six fours in her 91-ball knock of 80 while Bates scored 13 boundaries. The duo ran well, putting the pressure on the fielders and forcing mistakes.
Afy Fletcher picked up both New Zealand wickets to fall in the innings, for figures of 2/47 in 7.4 overs, but by then the damage was done. Deandra Dottin was the most economical of the Windies bowlers, giving away only 14 runs in her four overs.
Tight bowling by New Zealand, especially Kasperek, the off-spinner, restricted Windies to 194 in 48.1 overs. She troubled the middle order after Tahuhu and Devine, the pacers, sent back both openers inside the first 10 overs.
Stafanie Taylor was the top run-scorer for the visitors, backing up her 90 in the first match with 86 runs here. Her 114-ball knock included four fours and a six, but she did not find enough support at the other end.
Sophie Devine strikes with her first ball as K Knight edges to Satterthwaite in the gully who holds on with a juggle! Windies 46-2 in the 10th over. Live card https://t.co/YGi5JAZibn 🎥 https://t.co/9Wew0PaGxF 🎥 #NZvWI #IWC pic.twitter.com/7ERocKaREg— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) March 7, 2018
The highest partnership was between Taylor and Nation, who put together 54 runs for the third wicket.
A 32-run stand with Fletcher for the eighth wicket and another 18-run partnership with Tremayne Smartt before Taylor became the last wicket to fall helped Windies push their total towards 200, but it wasn’t enough.