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Bates emulates Sehwag as Kiwis march to finals

Published: Friday, March 20, 2009, 11:02 [IST]
 
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Kiwi Bates does a Sehwag in World Cup

Oval: A record-breaking performance from Suzie Bates helped New Zealand to a 223-run victory over Pakistan to book their place in the ICC Women's World Cup final.

Bates smashed 168 runs off 105 balls to complete the highest one-day international score by a Kiwi in women's cricket as she helped the New Zealand amass a total of 373 for seven in 50 overs.

She also shared in a record-breaking stand of 262 with captain Haidee Tiffen, which became the highest second-wicket partnership in women's ODI cricket. Tiffen finished with 100 off 128 balls.

Pakistan were always likely to struggle to chase down the sixth-highest total in women's one-dayers.

They made a decent start, putting on 42 before the first wicket fell when Bismah Maroof drove Nicola Browne to Katey Martin.

But after that the wickets began to tumble. Browne bowled Asmavia Iqbal soon after, before Lucy Doolan dismissed Armaan Kahn for the first of her three wickets.

Only Nain Abidi put up some decent numbers, hitting 52 off 104 balls before Pakistan were eventually all out for 150.

New Zealand now face England in Sunday's final.

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