Devine hundred slays South Africa
Sophie Devine’s superb 145 powered New Zealand to a 150-run demolition of South Africa on day two of the Women’s World Cup in India.
Devine almost doubled her previous international-best 74 not out in a commanding total of 320 for five at the Driems Cricket Ground in Cuttack.
The Proteas’ decision to bowl first was initially rewarded when the White Ferns slipped to 27 for two, but Devine and her captain Suzie Bates added 128.
Bates went for 72 yet Devine put on 64 with Sara McGlashan and a rapid 102 with Nicola Browne, who was unbeaten on 40.
South Africa never threatened to overhaul New Zealand’s score as Sian Ruck’s 4-31 and Morna Nielsen’s 3-34 limited them to 170 all out in 41 overs.
In today’s other Group B game Australia beat Pakistan by 94 runs at the Barabati Stadium, also in Cuttack.
A shock was on the cards when the Southern Stars, who won the toss, were dismissed for 175 in the 47th over as Sadia Yousuf returned 3-30. Rachel Haynes and Lisa Sthalekar made thirties but could not go on while Sarah Coyte struck 35 not out.
However, with the exception of Bismah Maroof’s 43, Pakistan folded meekly to be all out for 84 in the 34th over with Coyte claiming 3-20.
Both matches were scheduled to be played in Mumbai but a week ago were moved to Cuttack, which will host all the Group B fixtures.