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Bates anchors NZ to fourth ODI win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016
Suzie Bates © Kai Schwoerer/Gety Images Suzie Bates

Skipper Suzie Bates has anchored the White Ferns to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the fourth women's one-day international at Saxton Oval in Nelson.

The White Ferns dominated Pakistan with both bat and ball after Bates won the toss and opted to bowl on a new pitch freshened by rain in the preceding days.

Opener Ayesha Zafar, 22, top-scored for Pakistan with 52 but their innings collapsed once she was removed, caught and bowled by Amy Satterthwaite.

Javeria Khan (30) and Sana Mir (31) dug in to introduce some respectability to the total, but opener Nahida Khan (16) was the only other player to reach double figures as Pakistan were bowled out for 158 with 11 balls remaining.

Medium pacer Holly Huddleston was the chief destroyer for New Zealand, collecting 4-20 off 7.1 overs, backed up by Lea Tahuhu's 2-29 and Satterthwaite's 2-34.

In reply, the White Ferns cruised home with 162-3 off 22.3 overs, despite losing Rachel Priest for 12 midway through the fourth over.

Bates blasted 66 off 52 balls, including 11 fours, while Sophie Devine chipped in with 54 from 53 in quick time.

New Zealand now lead the five-match series 4-0, and the ICC's women's championship points games 2-0, lifting them to third on the World Cup qualification table.

A top four placing will secure them direct entry to next year's tournament in England in June, rather than a trip to the qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka next February.

The fifth and final ODI is scheduled for Saturday at Saxton Oval.

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