During the 12th match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, while New Zealand Women thrashed Bangladesh Women by 71 runs, the Player of the Match Suzie Bates became the first to reach the 1000 runs milestone in this tournament history.
As New Zealand Women suffered two big defeats at the beginning of this tournament, it was a must-win game for them to stay in the fight. In that Cape Town match, the White Ferns chose to bat first and managed the first innings total of 189/3 in 20 overs.
Suzie Bates: Scored her 7th Women’s T20 World Cup fifty to reach 1000 runs in the tournament history
Opener Suzie Bates, the leading run-scorer in WT20I history, equalled the tournament’s record 50+ scores by hitting her seventh half-centuries in the WT20WC (Australia Women’s Alyssa Healy has also hit seven half-centuries). Her powerful 81 not out off 61 balls (seven fours and only six) played a massive role in setting up their record WT20WC total and joint fourth-largest WT20WC total. Bates’ opening partner Bernadine Bezuidenhout (44 off 26 balls) and middle-order Maddy Green (44 not out off 20 balls) also had important influences on that total.
During that batting performance, Bates completed her 1000 WT20WC runs and became the first to reach that milestone. At the end of that innings, the 35-year-old right-handed batter scored 1010 runs in the Women’s T20 World Cup in 35 innings.
In the list of most runs in Women's T20 World Cup history, Australian Meg Lanning (932 runs) and Caribbean Stafanie Taylor (928 runs) are just behind Bates with 900+ runs.
Bangladesh Women: 118/8
In reply, Bangladesh Women were restricted to 118/8 in 20 overs as the White Ferns finally managed to secure an important win.