CWG 2022: New Zealand beat England by 8 wickets, claim bronze in Birmingham

New Zealand Vs England CWG 2022 Match Highlights
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New Zealand secured first-ever women’s cricket medal awarded at a Commonwealth Games after defeating the host nation England by 8 wickets to claim bronze at Edgbaston, Birmingham. let us look at New Zealand Vs England CWG 2022 Match Highlights in detail.

After losing a tensed game against Australia the other night, New Zealand left no stone unturned to aim for victory in the playoff match first by restricting the mighty English side to 110 for 9 in 20 overs. And then chased the target easily in just 12 overs to become the first women’s cricket team in world to win a medal in commonwealth games.

New Zealand Vs England CWG 2022 Match Highlights

After winning the toss, England opted to bat first, and their decision turned out to be dreary as New Zealand bowlers were in no mood to give away runs freely and kept on taking wickets in quick intervals to break the back of England.

The highest partnership in the whole English innings was between skipper Nat Sciver (27) and Sophia Dunkley (5) that was of just 24, one can imagine how ruthless the Kiwi bowlers in the playoff game were.

England only manage to post 110 on board in a high-voltage match. It was a combined effort from all the bowlers of New Zealand to restrict English side to such a low total in a big game.

For New Zealand Hayley Jensen bagged the most number of wickets (3), Fran Jonas and Sophie Devine grabbed 2-2 each, while Hannah Rowe and Amelia Kerr took a wicket each.

New Zealand then started their chasing target with a bang as they crossed the 50-run mark in the 5th over itself. However, they lost two wickets in between 9 balls after that. But that didn’t vanish their confidence as they reach the target in just 12 overs.

The skipper Sophie Devine played an impressive knock of unbeaten 51 off 40 balls and once again proved her calibre on the big stage.

She leads the team from the front in all areas, including batting as she ended the game while remaining on the crease, field placement, bowlers rotation, and bowling, where she took two wickets to give her nation the first-ever women’s cricket medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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