Cricket: Recordbreaking Suzie Bates keeps White Ferns' slim Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive with big win over Bangladesh

A recordbreaking knock from opener Suzie Bates and an all-in display from the bowlers has seen the White Ferns notch their first win at this year's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

After two dismal performances to open the tournament - meek losses to Australia and hosts South Africa - the NZ women finally put in a performance expected of them, defeating Bangladesh by 71 runs at Cape Town.

Leading from the front, Bates made an unbeaten 81 from 61 balls, with seven fours and one six, becoming the first player to score 1000 runs at Twenty20 World Cups.

White Ferns celebrate a wicket against Bangladesh
White Ferns celebrate a wicket against Bangladesh. Photo credit: Photosport

Bates, 35, added 77 with Bernadine Bezuidenhout for the first wicket - a partnership that surpassed the White Ferns' two scores from their opening matches, when they were bowled out for 76 and 67.

A quickfire 44 not out off 20 balls from Maddy Green as part of an 82-run stand with Bates pushed the total to 189/3 - the fourth-highest team score in women's T20 World Cups.

Setting Bangladesh 190 for victory, the NZ bowlers struck regularly and limited Bangladesh to 118/8 in reply.

Spinner Eden Carson did the bulk of the damage with 3/18 from her four-over spell, backed up by 2/15 from Hannah Rowe, who came into the side after the loss to South Africa.

Lea Tahuhu (1/19) and Amelia Kerr (1/24) shared two wickets between them, as Bangladesh had no answer to the White Ferns attack, unable to post a total of better than a run-a-ball.

Aside from restoring pride to the NZ jersey, the win was also a huge step towards an admittedly slim chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

The 71-run win margin lifted their net run rate from -4.050 to -1.517.

Should the White Ferns secure a heavy win over Sri Lanka in their final pool match, and South Africa lose to Australia, New Zealand could finish second in the group to their trans-Tasman rivals and sneak into the last four.

New Zealand face Sri Lanka on Monday morning (NZ time).

New Zealand 189/4 (Bates 81, Green 44 not out, Bezuidenhout 44; Khatun 2/36) Bangladesh 118/8 (Akter 31, Khatun 30; Carson 3/18, Rowe 2/15)