Game Changer: New Zealand Women's Cricket Star Bowls 11 Overs in Record-Breaking ODI
New Zealand leveled the series against Sri Lanka with an impressive 116-run victory, setting up a thrilling decider.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand amassed a massive total of 329/7 in 50 overs, thanks to outstanding centuries by captain Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr.
Kerr and Devine combined for a remarkable partnership of 229 runs for the third wicket, which stands as the third-highest partnership for New Zealand and the largest in a women's ODI in Sri Lanka.
Kerr scored a brilliant 108 runs off 106 balls, while Devine showcased her skill with a quickfire 137 off just 121 deliveries, including 17 fours.
Sri Lanka's Oshadi Ranasinghe claimed three wickets, and Udeshika Prabodhani took two dismissals in their efforts against New Zealand.
In response, Sri Lanka's Kavisha Dilhari fought hard with a gritty 84 runs, but lacked support from the rest of the batting lineup.
New Zealand's Lea Tahuhu impressed with four wickets, as Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 213 with eight balls remaining.
The final match of the series will take place on July 3, followed by a three-match T20I series.
New Zealand squad for the series includes Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, and Lea Tahuhu.