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Sophie Devine struck a half-century as New Zealand grabbed their first victory in Group B of this year’s Women’s World Twenty20 against South Africa.

After Amy Satterthwaite and skipper Suzie Bates were bowled by Susan Benade, Devine and Frances Mackay combined in an impressive 94-run stand.

The former struck 59 and the latter fell one short of a fifty as the White Ferns eventually posted a commanding 151 for five.

Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine puts South Africa's attack to the sword during an innings of 59 that laid the platform for a comfortable New Zealand victory

Openers Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty quickly departed in reply as wickets fell at regular intervals, with just three South Africa batters reaching double figures.

Alison Hodgkinson hit 31, Benade 24 and Dane van Niekerk 34 not out, yet their efforts were eventually overshadowed by Nicola Browne’s 3-13.

South Africa finished on 129 for nine and were therefore beaten by 22 runs.

Sri Lanka ensured each team in the group had won a game apiece by edging a rain-hit clash with West Indies at Galle.

The hosts triumphed by five runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method, despite being restricted to a modest 50 for three in 10.3 overs before the elements intervened.

After a lengthy delay, West Indies were left with a revised target of 48 in eight overs and could only muster 42 for eight in the face of some disciplined bowling.

Chamani Seneviratna was the chief scourge of the Windies with figures of 2-4 from two overs, while Inoka Ranaweera also chipped in with a brace of wickets for Sri Lanka.

Stafanie Taylor and Shanel Daley were economical performers when Sri Lanka, who lost the toss, batted, yet their combined figures of 2-9 in four overs proved in vain.

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