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    New Zealand maintains hope
New Zealand maintains hope
Suzie Bates bowled the final over and secured victory. Source: Getty Images

New Zealand maintains hope

Devine's decision to give Bates the final over proved to be a masterstroke. In contrast to England, Bates demonstrated the experience she has gained from playing in 312 internationals.

Although New Zealand's total was their highest against England, it was still only par for the course on a pitch that offered little for the bowlers until it began to slow down late on.

England lost both openers during the powerplay. Wicketkeeper Jones failed to gather an under-edge off Bates, and Glenn dropped a straightforward chance to dismiss Bernadine Bezuidenhout at mid-off. New Zealand took advantage of this and added 44 runs for the first wicket.

Glenn managed to have Bates stumped in her opening over, but she had to leave the field soon after due to a head injury sustained during the earlier missed catch and did not return.

Devine's absence allowed for a steady start in the second half of the innings.

The hosts were 113-2 after 16 overs before Devine began the 17th over, bowled by Linsey Smith. Devine hit a four, followed by a six over mid-wicket and cleared the ropes again in the next ball, reaching fifty from 30 balls.

But when the captain smashed a waist-high full toss from Gibson to mid-off in the final over for just four, it felt like England were on top. Kerr finished unbeaten on 44.

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