New Zealand women's cricket team scored the highest ever total in one-day cricket by scoring 490 runs for four in the first match against Ireland in Dublin with skipper Suzie Bates leading from the front with an excellent 151-runs. New Zealand then bowled out Ireland for 144 to win the match by 346 runs.
In men's cricket, the highest total in ODI is 444 for three, made by England against Pakistan in August 2016 at Nottingham. With their incredible batting, New Zealand women team bettered their own 21-year old world record of 455 for five against Pakistan at Christchurch in January 1997.
It's only third time that a 400-plus score has been made in women's ODIs. Australia was the first team to touch the 400-plus mark when it thrashed Danish women's team to score 412 for three in Mumbai in December 1997.
Suzie Bates also surpassed the legendary New Zealand cricketer, Debbie Hockley, to become the nation's highest run-getter in Women's ODIs.
"To set a world record for men's and women's cricket is pretty special and it's going to take a bit to chase it down," said Bates after the 346-run victory on Friday (June 8).
"We've got some really powerful players, and Sophie Devine hadn't even been out there, so look out! There was a point at the 30th over when we were around 265 (288 for 2). [You know] the old saying that you double the score on 30 - and I thought, oh, we could be onto 500 here. You think you can't keep carrying on, but it's a really good wicket, lightning fast outfield," she noted.
Bates mentioned how she cherished the moment of surpassing Hockley's record.
"When it happened and came over the loudspeaker, I did actually have a bit of a moment because you think about the hard work you have done and the people who have helped you get here. It's nice to sit back sometimes and say, 'oh, I've played some good cricket over the years'. You can't compare records. Debbie was a player that all the girls looked up to and that 2000 World Cup team was a real inspiration to us. We're just wanting to play good cricket and I hope the likes of Amelia Kerr and Jess Watkin can pass that record one day," she said.
We congratulate New Zealand women team a hearty congratulations.