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2022 Commonwealth Game: Women's Cricket Group B "1st and 2nd Match "

Updated: Sep 22, 2022


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As a start of the Group B to play a Cricket matches at 2022, Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand women's national cricket team and South Africa women's national cricket team take over the 1st match , while Sri Lanka women's national cricket team and England women's cricket team battled for the second match.


The First match : New Zealand women's national cricket team VS South Africa women's national cricket team


The Group B , First match in 2022 Commonwealth Game was played between New Zealand women's national cricket team against the South Africa women's national cricket team. Where New Zealand got the victory after winning by 13 runs.


Match Highlights:


As Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine showcased all their experience and class as they led New Zealand to victory over South Africa, Bates led the charge with the bat with an unbeaten 91, while Devine first hit 48 and then picked up three wickets


The duo of Bates and Devine set the foundation for the win with a 99-run opening stand for New Zealand, who handed international caps to Izzy Gaze and Eden Carson, plus a T20I debut to Fran Jonas. Devine fell two runs shy of her half-century, but then got among the wickets, including her 100th in T20Is, becoming the first woman and second overall - Shakib Al Hasan is the other - with 100 wickets and 2000 runs in the format.


A fighting 39 off just 17 balls from Chloe Tryon failed to get South Africa over the line despite fleeting hopes of a tight finish as their stuttering start and a steady stream of wickets proved costly.


It was Devine who made the early running at Edgbaston, racing to 35 off 20 balls as New Zealand ended the powerplay on 49 without loss after being asked to bat. She unleashed a stunning slog sweep behind square off Nonkululeko Mlaba for six and almost fell next ball attempting the same, but keeper Sinalo Jafta couldn't gather a tough bottom edge.

Devine took 14 off the next over, striking Ayabonga Khaka for two fours, before depositing a waist-high full-toss over the square-leg boundary. She eventually holed out to Tryon at long-on from the bowling of Mlaba, having faced 40 balls in which she hit four fours and two sixes.


It was Devine who made the early running at Edgbaston, racing to 35 off 20 balls as New Zealand ended the powerplay on 49 without loss after being asked to bat. She unleashed a stunning slog sweep behind square off Nonkululeko Mlaba for six and almost fell next ball attempting the same, but keeper Sinalo Jafta couldn't gather a tough bottom edge.

Devine took 14 off the next over, striking Ayabonga Khaka for two fours, before depositing a waist-high full-toss over the square-leg boundary. She eventually holed out to Tryon at long-on from the bowling of Mlaba, having faced 40 balls in which she hit four fours and two sixes.


When on 22, she hit Delmi Tucker straight to midwicket, where Khaka managed only to parry the ball overhead. Then there was a chance to run Bates out after she and Amelia Kerr both turned back, but Mignon du Preez pulled out of her throw, possibly concerned that Shabnim Ismail was in the way or that there was a lack of back-up despite Tryon being behind the stumps, albeit standing a fair way back.


Bates had started slowly, but she picked up speed as she went along, and brought up fifty pushing Anneke Bosch to deep midwicket and running two. It was her 22nd half-century in T20Is but first since February 2019, during India's tour of New Zealand.


She smashed a thunderous cover drive off Ismail for four to move to 67 and, three balls later, scooped her for six. In the final over, Bates sent a Khaka full-toss over the fence at deep square-leg, and then heaved a four through mid-on, and swung the penultimate delivery over fine leg for another six - her third of the innings. A total of 18 runs came off the final over, but Kerr was run-out on the last ball. By then, Bates had achieved her highest score in T20Is since her unbeaten 124 against South Africa in the 2018 tri-nation series in England.


South Africa endured a rocky lead-up to this tournament, with a multi-format series in England in which they were swept in both the ODI and T20I legs 3-0.


After Hayley Jensen had Bosch caught at cover by Bates in the second over, and Tazmin Brits hit Hannah Rowe straight to Brooke Halliday at midwicket, South Africa were 15 for 2 after four overs.


Du Preez was yet to score when she was put down at backward point by Carson off Lea Tahuhu, but her attempted sweep off Kerr sailed to Jonas at backward square and she was out for 26. Laura Wolvaardt made 28 off 30 balls before she fell, caught by Bates, running around to mid-on, off the bowling of Devine.


It wasn't all doom and gloom for South Africa, as they cashed in on some short bowling. Wolvaardt and, in particular, Tryon, made merry. Tryon smashed three sixes and three fours during her innings, helping herself to 17 runs off one Tahuhu over, which went for 21 in all. Largely through her efforts, South Africa were two runs ahead of New Zealand after 15 overs. But when Sune Luus flicked Jensen off her pads towards short cover and then sent Tryon back, Jensen gathered on her follow-through and threw down the stumps at the non-strikers' end with Tryon short of her ground. That left South Africa needing 52 runs off 27 balls.


Devine had Tucker caught by Carson at third for her 100th T20I wicket, and then had Luus caught by Halliday, to claim her third for the match. And, from there, the task proved too much for South Africa.


Second match: Sri Lanka women's national cricket team VS England women's cricket team


As for the second match, the host team of England will be played their first match against Sri Lanka


England secured a comfortable five-wicket victory with 17 balls to spare against Sri Lanka. That was built largely on an excellent all-round bowling performance, with spinner Sophie Ecclestone taking 3 for 25 while new seamers Issy Wong and Freya Kemp claimed two each, and Brunt opened their campaign with a wicket off the first ball.


Where England had an eye-opening experience playing their first match of the Commonwealth Games and, Katherine Brunt reckons they will need to learn plenty from it.


Match Highlights:


Their efforts restricted Sri Lanka to 106 for 9 but when it came to the chase on a slow, turning pitch, which was being used for the fourth time in two days, it fell to Alice Capsey to get them over the line. Capsey, the 17-year-old allrounder playing just her third international, produced a mature innings of 44 that ended only when she was stumped with England two runs away from the target. Maia Bouchier, with whom she shared a 42-run partnership for the fifth wicket and who was playing just her seventh match for England, was their next-highest scorer with 21 not out.


Throw into the mix the fact that England's bags hadn't arrived at Edgbaston with them pre-game and that Capsey took a nasty blow to the face during the warm-up, leaving her with a huge black eye, and they'd had a bit to contend with. Then there was the pure realisation that, after a big build-up, the host nation's Commonwealth Games debut was finally here.


"I can't explain how it feels," Brunt said after the match. "I've played for a long time, I've played in many world events, Ashes series, and they have this certain feeling when you feel a bit sick, a bit nervous, but as soon as you cross the line it's fine, you're into the game, into the battle.


"But with this, it's a bit weird. I can't explain - there's a little bit more on top. I think we found that out tonight and we've got a bit of learning to do very quickly on what to do with that feeling and how to combat it to be able to then perform as well. So I'm not going to lie, it's certainly a huge occasion and we did feel it, but it's not anything we can't get around."


Brunt, playing her 100th T20I, set the tone beautifully when she removed opener Vishmi Gunarathne lbw first ball. But despite being an explosive hitter, she wasn't in a hurry to bat.


"I had a bit of a back spasm," she said. "So I was kind of saving myself because there are lots of games and not many days, so it's about being smart and managing me as well.


"We've had a lot of travelling, a lot of sitting around waiting and it just gets on me a bit. Not to mention, I'm on the bad side of 30 and nearly 40. But I should be fine. I've been here before I've managed it before. So nothing new to me.


Knight, the England captain, is hopeful of playing the next match, against South Africa on Tuesday, after sitting out the opening game with a hip injury that also prevented her from playing the final two T20Is of their bilateral series in the lead-up to the Games.


Knight's stand-in skipper, Nat Sciver, was also full of praise for Capsey's performance.


Wong, the 20-year-old quick who made her international debut in the Test against South Africa just over a month ago, took 2 for 10 while Freya Kemp, the left-arm seamer who like Capsey is just 17, took 2 for 14 in just her second match in an England shirt.


Wong said the side had hit on a blend of youth and experience they were keen to take forward. "I don't think it was a flawless performance. I think we probably could have been a bit more disciplined but yeah, we're pretty happy with it to start the competition. It was pretty level-headed from Alice. She's incredibly talented.


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