Devine’s last-ball six in Super Over breaks West Indies’ hearts
New Zealand Women 111 for 4 (Amelia Kerr 49*, Fletcher 2-16) tied with West Indies Women 111 for 9 (Nation 23, Devine 3-29, Jess Kerr 2-13) New Zealand Women win Super Over
Sophie Devine started and ended the Super Over with sixes as New Zealand hunted down 16 to seal the series and break West Indies’ hearts in the fourth T20I in North Sound.
Devine faced all but one ball in the Super Over, bowled by West Indies captain Hayley Matthews, and ushered New Zealand home under pressure.
How did it even come down to a Super Over? West Indies were cruising 52 for 2 in the tenth over chasing 112. Wicketkeeper-batter Rashada Williams’ run-out triggered a collapse as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 59 runs to level the scores in regular time.
Hayley Jensen, who was also recently in action in the Caribbean for Trinbago Knight Riders Women, took the wickets of Chedean Nation and Afy Fletcher in a three-run final over to drag the game into overtime.
Super Overs are a familiar territory for Devine. She has hit 87 runs off 26 balls in Super Overs without being dismissed. Devine had also contributed handsomely with the ball by removing West Indies’ top three.
Much like Devine, Matthews had played a role with both bat and ball – she even did the dual job in the Super Over. She helped West Indies score 15 in the Super Over, bowled by Jensen, but her all-round effort went in vain.
After having been asked to bat, New Zealand had lost both Devine and Suzie Bates early. However, Amelia Kerr’s unbeaten 49 off 47 balls hauled them to 111.
Amelia and previous match-winner Maddy Green (14 off 13 balls) were the only New Zealand batters to strike at over 100. Fletcher was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, returning 2 for 16 in her four overs.
Amelia’s sister Jess and Jensen picked up two wickets each to assist Devine to pull off a stunning win.
The fifth – and final T20I – will be played at the same venue on Thursday. (ESPNcricinfo)