Continuous rain in Dunedin denied New Zealand and South Africa the chance of a final goal before the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The hosts recorded the series 3-1.
New Zealand had been the stronger team for most of the series and had made a dramatic turnaround after being swept clean in previous ICC Women’s ODIs.
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Sophie Devine's 105 in the fourth #NZvSA T20I was her fifth successive fifty-plus score in T20Is. No other player, male or female, has made more than four in a row! pic.twitter.com/wWtPHvQv96— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2020
Sophie Devine, the captain, was in brilliant shape and scored 54 *, 61, 77 and 105 points in the four games completed. She was the first male or female player to add five consecutive points of fifty or more in T20I cricket. She had made 72 against Hamilton in Hamilton last year.
Focusing on the 20-over marquee tournament, this form of the leader is a good sign for New Zealand, which is launching its campaign against Sri Lanka in Perth on February 22nd.
The batting in South Africa was a matter of great concern. They only passed 150 once in the four games. You will hope for a quick turnaround in the form of greats like Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt and Dane van Niekerk. They play their opening game of the World Cup on February 23 against a strong English team.