As it happened: White Ferns completes series whitewash

New Zealand women's cricket team won another last-ball thriller to win the three-match T20I series 3-0.

Smriti Mandhana's record-breaking half-century went in vain as India lost the opening T20I by 23 runs.   -  AFP

India needed to score four runs off the last ball, which was faced by Mithali Raj; Leigh Kasperek was the bowler. The ball was full and seemed to cramp Mithali, who could only score a run, India going on to lose the match by two runs. 

Periodic updates

11:26am MATCH OVER! India loses by two runs. Mithali Raj manages only a single off the final ball.

11:25am 1 run off the fifth ball. 4 runs required off the last ball with Mithali Raj on strike. She has to pick her spot. Mid-wicket and wide long-on, one thinks, is the best place to hit the off-spinner.

11:25am 2 runs off the fourth ball. 5 runs required off 2 now.

11:24am A four off the third ball. 7 runs required off 3 now.

11:23am Single off the second ball. 11 runs required off 4. Deepti Sharma on strike.

11:22am And Mithali Raj hits a four off the first ball. 12 runs required off 5 now.

11:21am India 146 for four. It needs 16 runs off the last over with Mithali Raj on strike.

11:17am India needs 23 runs from the last two overs.

11:13am India 134 for four after 17 overs. It needs 28 more runs to win from three overs. Smriti Mandhana fell for 86, putting India under pressure. Deepti Sharma has joined Mithali Raj and struck Amelia Kerr for a six, but India needs a big over.

11:05am India 123 for three after 15 overs. It needs 39 more runs to win from five overs. Smriti Mandhana is batting on 86, Mithali Raj is batting on 10.

10:48am Smriti Mandhana keeps India well in control of chasing down 162. She has taken India to 91 for two with a masterful innings of 67. Jemimah Rodrigues fell for 21 after getting off to a start.

10:26am India, after five overs, has the same score as New Zealand had at the same stage in its innings: 46 for one. Jemimah Rodrigues has joined Smriti Mandhana in the middle after Priya Punia fell cheaply again. Both are putting up a batting masterclass!

9:54am New Zealand makes 161 for seven in 20 overs, setting India a formidable target of 162. India helped itself with regular strikes in the last quarter of the innings, restricting New Zealand to 161 after it had been 127 for two at the end of the 15th over. Sophie Devine top-scored with 72 runs off 52 balls.

9:30am New Zealand is on the march, again. Sophie Devine and captain Amy Satterthwaite have added 47 runs in the last five overs. Devine has raced to 70 off 48 balls, while Satterthwaite is complementing her nicely with 19 off 16 balls. White Ferns 127 for two after 15 overs.

9:11am New Zealand 80 for two after 10 overs. India has stemmed the run flow in the last five overs, conceding just 34 runs. Taking the wickets of Suzie Bates and Hannah Rowe has immensely helped. White Ferns, though, is on course for a total of 150 or more.

8:48am Suzie Bates (24 not out) and Sophie Devine (20 not out) have gotten New Zealand off to a solid start. New Zealand is 46 for no loss after five overs.

8:30am Off-spinner Deepti Sharma to begin proceedings. Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine are New Zealand's opening batters.

Toss update: Amy Satterthwaite, New Zealand women's captain, won the toss and chose to bat first.

Teams

New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Katey Martin (wk), Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair

India: Smriti Mandhana, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi