Hosts New Zealand finally opened their account in the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 after thrashing Bangladesh in a rain-hit match at the University Oval in Dunedin on Monday.

Due to the rain, the match was reduced to 27 overs per side, where the White Ferns gunned down the 141-run target with nine wickets in hand, thanks to a blistering knock by Suzie Bates. New Zealand had lost captain Sophie Devine early for 14, but the comeback was inspired by the match-winning unbeaten stand of 108 runs for the second wicket between Bates and Amelia Kerr.

While Bates smashed eight boundaries for her 68-ball 79, Amelia gave good support, hitting five boundaries for her 37-ball 47. Both players remained unbeaten to take New Zealand to their first victory in the ongoing multi-team tournament. Notably, New Zealand had lost their opening game against West Indies by just three runs.

Earlier, New Zealand, after opting to bowl first, restricted Bangladesh for 140/8 in 27 overs. Amy Satterthwaite was the pick of the bowler for White Ferns, bagging a three-wicket haul while conceding 25 runs from five overs. For Bangladesh, opener Fargana Hoque top scored with 52 off 63 balls.

“It’s the nature of this tournament (on asked about overcoming the disappointing loss to WI), we have games coming quickly with very less turnaround time. Grateful to the ground staff for getting a game of nearly 50 overs, to Bangladesh for coming up and the umpires for getting the game on. It was easier to manipulate the field against pace place it into pockets in the corners. I was disappointed at not cashing in, it was a brilliant batting strip, as it’s always been in Dunedin. The outfield was a bit slow, but Bates was so good. We know the competition is very tough, happy to pick the win here, and we’ll go on to play against India next, we have played them last month and know what’s coming up,” said Devine after the match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by nine wickets! 👏

Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr steer the White Ferns to a comfortable win.#CWC22

— ICC (@ICC) March 7, 2022

Dunner stunner! Local @SuzieWBates (79*) and Melie Kerr (47*) put on 108 for the third wicket and guide the team home at the University of Otago Oval 🏏#CWC22 #NZvBAN

— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) March 7, 2022

Would love to see a trophy/many trophies being named after Suzie Bates in the near future. She is a New Zealand national treasure and one of the all-time greats in cricket.#CWC22 | #TeamNewZealand

— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) March 7, 2022

Congratulations to Suzie Bates on this wonderful milestone and well done to New Zealand on an emphatic win 🙌

— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) March 7, 2022

Suzie Bates now has the most 50+ scores for New Zealand in Women’s ODIs.

39 – Suzie Bates
38 – Debbie Hockley
33 – Amy Satterthwaite#CWC22 #NZvBAN

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 7, 2022

A ‘memorable’ start for the first #NZvBAN women’s ODI. Ideally a 50-overs contest, but rain reduced it to 28 overs-a-side one. But Bangladesh openers weren’t in the middle until three minutes beyond the revised start time. And now it is a 27 overs-a-side match. #CWC22

— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) March 7, 2022

They have always known how to play. I don’t think ability was ever the issue. After all, this team chased down 140 against India in a T20 wit ease… #CWC22 #NZvBAN

— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) March 7, 2022

woot woot nz needed that win! bangladesh played well in fairness. and it was great suzie bates *finally* playing at her home ground internationally after all this time, she did a great job. #CWC22

— ellie #CWC22 (@fiveforeight) March 7, 2022

#Bangladesh 🇧🇩Women : 140/8 (27 ov)#NewZealand 🇳🇿 Women : 144/1 (20 ov)
New Zealand Women won by 9 wickets
Player of the match : Suzie Bates (New Zealand Women)#WCWC #NZWvBANW 🏏

— Ishara (@Ishara23032) March 7, 2022

Suzie Bates(79*)🤝Amelia Kerr(47)* – 108 runs partnership ensured NZW get their first 2 points of this #WorldCup

— Sathish Kumar (@sathishraina348) March 7, 2022

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