Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

New Zealand women post new ODI record total of 490

New Zealand women post new ODI record total of 490

Captain Suzie Bates and batswoman Maddy Green struck centuries against Ireland to help New Zealand women post 490-4, the highest score in one-day worldwide history in their first ODI on Friday.

Bates' 94-ball innings featured a strike rate of 160.63, the second-highest in an innings of 100 or more in women's ODI cricket.

Amelia Kerr contributed in piling on the misery by scoring 81 off 71 balls with nine fours and three sixes. The New Zealand women team's previous best was 455/5 against Pakistan in 1997 which is now successfully beaten with a new high.

The assault by the top order meant that the New Zealand eves also overtook England's record of 444 runs against Pakistan in men's cricket.

With their incredible batting, New Zealand women team bettered their own 21-year old world record of 455 for five against Pakistan at Christchurch in January 1997, which was also the first instance of a 400-plus total in either men's or women's cricket.

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Captain Suzie Bates smashed 151 off 94 balls en route to her 10th ODI century as she became the White Ferns' leading all-time scorer in 50-over cricket.

New Zealand took on Ireland in the first ODI at the YMCA Stadium in Dublin.

After winning the toss the skipper made a decision to bat first and set a total of 400 plus runs for the opposition. Ireland leg-spinner Cara Murray who was making her ODI debut registered her name in an unwanted list by conceding most runs ever in an ODI game.

An unprecedented 64 boundaries were hit in addition to the seven sixes by the New Zealand batters. She went for 119 runs in her 10 overs, picking up 2 wickets in return.

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