Three years ago, on June 8th, New Zealand Women's team took the world of cricket by storm with a brutal display of batting.
The White Ferns scored 491 runs for the loss of four wickets against Ireland women at Dublin, thus registering the highest ever total in the history of One Day International.
New record! @WHITE_FERNS have smashed their previous best for the highest innings total in Women's ODIs! 👏 #IREvNZ pic.twitter.com/2aqC1i1FF1— ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2018
Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket conducive for stroke play. The skipper was joined by the debutant, Jess Watkin, to open the batting for the Kiwi side.
The duo started the innings aggressively and took the attack to the opposition. Bates, bringing in her years of international experience and exposure, was the aggressor in the partnership. The 20-year-old Watkins played the perfect second fiddle to her skipper.
The visiting side notched up 172 runs for the opening partnership before Watkins was dismissed for a well-made 62 runs.
Did we say it was a sensational low-down catch in the outfield? Well here it is. Brilliant Rachel! #BackingGreen pic.twitter.com/7LLjYfOO5V— Ireland Women’s Cricket (@IrishWomensCric) June 8, 2018
Coming in at number three, Maddy Green made utmost use of the inconsistent bowling and sloppy fielding from the home team.
With 24 boundaries and two maximums, Bates' innings of 151 runs off 94 balls set up a strong foundation for the back end of the innings.
Despite the wicket of the skipper, the middle order of the New Zealand side kept the scoreboard ticking. Riding on a century (122) from Maddy Green and a quickfire 81* from Amelia Kerr, New Zealand posted a mammoth score of 491-4.
The target proved to be too much for the young Irish girls as they got bundled out for 144 runs. For New Zealand, Leigh Kasperek was the pick of the bowlers, scalping four wickets for 17 runs in 2.3 overs to guide them to a 347-run victory.