Huddleston, Bates star in crushing NZ win

🔰 New Zealand 189 for 1 (Bates 106, Satterthwaite 78) beat Sri Lanka 188 for 9 (Atapattu 53, Polgampola 49, Huddleston 5-35) by nine wickets

New Zealand had never lost to Sri Lanka in nine previous ODI meetings. They had bowled Sri Lanka out for under 150 in eight of those games. For a while on Saturday in Bristol, they may have wondered if the tide had turned.

Chamari Atapattu and Chamari Polgampola put together 92 for the second wicket as Sri Lanka serenely progressed to 141 for 1. Then, a moment of brilliance on the field from Suzie Bates - a tumbling catch low to her left to see off half-centurion Atapattu - triggered an alarming slide.

Sri Lanka lost eight wickets for 46 to eventually huff and puff to 188 for 9. It was inadequate against a power-packed batting line-up.

Starring with the ball was Holly Huddleston, the medium pacer, whose use of crease, angles and subtle changes in pace fetched her a five-wicket haul - the third time she had done so in her career - on World Cup debut.

Bates then blasted a century during the course of an unbroken second-wicket stand of 170 with Amy Satterthwaite as New Zealand cruised to an emphatic nine-wicket win in the 38th over.

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