New Zealand Women 171 for 2 (Devine 105, Bates 47*) beat South Africa Women 102 (Peterson 3-14, J Kerr 2-17) by 69 runs
A maiden T20I century from Sophie Devine, followed by incisive, miserly spells from Anna Peterson and Jess Kerr, ensured South Africa fell to a big defeat at the Basin Reserve. With the win, New Zealand wrapped up the five-match series 3-1 with a game to play.
The century comes on the back of a sparkling run of form for Devine: her scores in the T20I series so far read 54*, 61, 77 and 105.
After South Africa chose to bowl, Devine laid the platform for the 69-run victory with a typically commanding knock, studded with 12 fours and three sixes. Fellow opener Lauren Down was out cheaply, but she found great support in Suzie Bates who put together a 46-ball 47 in a 142-run partnership – a record for the second wicket for New Zealand women in T20Is. Devine was run-out off…