The WHITE FERNS have started the T20 series against South Africa in style with a nine wicket win at Bay Oval.
Sophie Devine (54*) lead the charge with the bat, Devine putting on 75 for the first wicket with fellow opener Rachel Priest (37).
The home side chased down the required 117 runs in the 13th over to take a 1-0 series lead in the five-match series.
Earlier, the WHITE FERNS won the toss and elected to bowl first, spinners Leigh Kasperek and Melie Kerr returning identical figures of 2-17.
The series now moves to Seddon Park with game two on Thursday.
AS IT HAPPENED...
TEAM KERR get us going on @skysportnz with @FrankieMac71 🏏— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 2, 2020
🗣 “We’ve played together at Tawa College and for the @Wgtn_Blaze but do it for NZ is something pretty special” - Melie Kerr 👍🏽 #NZvSA #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/C59lsPpQJy
🗣 “Lea Tahuhu returns today so that adds a bit of pace to the attack which we are excited about”— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 2, 2020
Sophie Devine catches up with @radiosportnz’s Bryan Waddle post toss 🏏#NZvSA #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/pebotbTAPy
SIX OVERS gone here at @BayOvalOfficial and the WHITE FERNS have the prized wicket of Lizelle Lee (17) 🏏 Leigh Kasperek with the breakthrough in the 5th over 👍🏽— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 2, 2020
🇿🇦 40/1 | https://t.co/e4M4rVawIw#NZvSA #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/RS63ZMJMmC
WHITE FERNS bowlers are pegging it back well here! Halfway through the @OfficialCSA innings and the visitors are 56/1 🏏— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 2, 2020
🇿🇦 CARD | https://t.co/e4M4rVawIw#NZvSA #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/4MVXdytPL3
BANG, BANG WHITE FERNS! Hayley Jensen gets the reward for a strong spell removing the dangerous Wolvaardt for 33. Then Melie Kerr with some sharp work at point effects the run out of Chloe Tryon for a duck 🏏— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 2, 2020
🇿🇦 CARD | https://t.co/e4M4rVawIw#NZvSA #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/0AzGKnrZ5a
#StatChat | @RossLTaylor is set to become the 2nd Kiwi to play 100 Twenty20 Internationals today joining @SuzieWBates in reaching the milestone. Bates is playing her 112th T20I for the @WHITE_FERNS today as part of the @BayOvalOfficial double-header. #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/20QVAYpSlZ— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 2, 2020