Sophie Devine celebrated her return to the limited-overs format with a quickfire century as last year’s runner-up New Zealand thrashed South Africa by 151 runs in their opening Group ‘B’ match of the ICC Women’s World Cup, here on Friday.

Devine, making her return after a gap of two-and-a-half years, struck an aggressive 131-ball 145 to help New Zealand post 321 for five after being sent into bat. This is Devine’s maiden century in one dayers.

Defending the total, left-arm pacer Sian Ruck (four for 31), spinner Morna Nielsen (three for 34) and Lea Tahuhu (two for 27) starred with the ball to help Black Caps bundle out the Proteas for 170 runs with nine overs to spare.

South African run chase never really got off as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

The scores:

New Zealand 321 for five in 50 overs (Suzie Bates 73, Sophie Devine 145, Sara McGlashan 32, Nicola Brown 40) bt South Africa 170 in 41 overs (Mignon du Preez 29, Susan Benade 37, Shabnim Ismail 31, Sian Ruck four for 31, Morna Nielsen three for 34). — PTI

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