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Bates (124no) and Devine (73) plunder record 182-run stand as New Zealand rack up 216-1 at Taunton

Last Updated: 20/06/18 3:01pm

Suzie Bates' unbeaten 124 helped New Zealand to a world-record score in women's T20Is

Suzie Bates' unbeaten 124 helped New Zealand to a world-record score in women's T20Is

Suzie Bates’ unbeaten 124 helped New Zealand to a world-record score in women’s T20Is

New Zealand hit a women’s Twenty20 international high of 216-1 in a record-breaking fixture against South Africa at Taunton.

The White Ferns overhauled the 209-4 Australia amassed against England in Mumbai in March, with Suzie Bates (124no off 66 balls) and Sophie Devine (73 off 48) sharing a stand of 182, a record for any wicket in women’s Twenty20 internationals.

Bates also overtook Charlotte Edwards as the leading run scorer in the format while hitting her and her country’s maiden T20I century, from 55 deliveries, with her score only two runs shy of the 126 Australia’s Meg Lanning racked up against Ireland in Sylhet, Bangladesh in 2014.

The 30-year-old is the sixth woman to score a hundred in women’s T20Is, after England’s Danni Wyatt and Windies’ Deandra Dottin, who have achieved the feat twice, as well as Australian pair Lanning and Beth Mooney and South Africa’s Shandre Fritz.

New Zealand smashed the highest score in all ODIs when they struck 490-4 against Ireland earlier this month, during a three-match series in which they passed 400 every time.

Watch South Africa’s run chase live now on Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event and Mix.

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