England smash South Africa, break batting records

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Captain Suzie Bates scored New Zealand's first Twenty20 global century as the White Ferns got their tri-series campaign off to a record-breaking start by smashing South Africa by 66 runs.

Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine. Bates narrowly missed the highest individual score in this format though, falling short of Meg Lanning's 126 by just two runs.

England piled up 250 for three to overhaul New Zealand's 216 for one, which was only set in the morning on the same ground against the same opponents in this tri-series.

In reply, the visitors did not get off to an ideal start, losing three wickets for 22 runs inside the first seven overs. Considering the exploits of the two teams' batting line-ups, everyone will be hotly anticipating the clash between England and New Zealand which will follow that game. The previous highest was 171* between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson for the first wicket against Pakistan in 2016.

Beaumont smashed 18 fours and four sixes during her maiden T20I hundred, with her 47-ball ton the second quickest in the women's game, only beaten by Deandra Dottin's 38-ball effort for Windies against South Africa in St Kitts in 2010.

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Four penalties have been awarded via VAR in the 17 games played so far, and one possible red card incident reviewed . Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

182 - A total of 182 runs were scored by the captains of both the teams in this match. Five of the top six T20I totals in women's worldwide cricket have come this year.

197 - New Zealand's openers aggregated 197 which are the 2nd most in a T20I inning (Men/Women). Indian openers scored 207 runs between themselves in the last year's Indore T20I against Sri Lanka.

216/1 - New Zealand Women's total of 216/1 is the highest total in Women's T20I cricket. England won the game by an emphatic 121 runs.

In the first match of the tri-series, the New Zealand openers added 182 runs, setting a new record for the highest partnership in T20 global matches (men's or women's).

Captain Heather Knight chipped a single of her first ball to close the innings and bring up England's 250. England's opening batter, Tammy Beaumont, went all guns blazing with her knock of 116 runs off 52 at a superb strike-rate of 223.08.

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