Mithali, Smriti gun down 162 - India eves clinch series

Smriti Mandhana (90 no, 82 b, 13*4, 1*6) and Mithali Raj (63, 111 b, 4*4, 2*6) hit unbeaten half-centuries as India eves defeated New Zealand to clinch the ODI series.

Smriti Mandhana anchored India's chase with a brilliant fifty.   -  GETTY IMAGES

  • India Women beats New Zealand Women by eight wickets to clinch series.
  • SIX - That's the winning shot and India women have clinched the series. Mithali Raj dances down the track and lofts one over the long-on boundary to seal the match by eight wickets. Brilliant show by the Indians. Smriti Mandhana along with her skipper forged an unbeaten 151-run stand to hammer a clueless New Zealand side by eight wickets. Massive win and most importantly, under new coach W.V. Raman, the Indian eves have come out all guns blazing to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. 
  • Match-winning fifty from Mithali Raj and India women are cruising towards the target. India eves require another 16 runs to win.
  • Mithali Raj is approaching her half-century and India Women needs another 33 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. 
  • Boundaries have started to flow and New Zealand are in desperate need of a breakthrough. However, both Smriti and Mithali have looked solid against both spin and pace.
  • Smriti Mandhana hits fifty - The left-hander has continued her fine form and has played yet another brilliant knock. 100 up for India Women. They need another 62 to clinch the series.
  • Fifty run partnership - Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma bring up their fifty run partnership and have bailed India out of trouble. India Women 71/2 needs 91 runs to win.
  • Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana carry out the repair work after India lost Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma. Although the scoring has been slow, Indfia eves can afford India Women 
  • Sophie Devine draws an edge straightaway after being introduced into the attack and Mithali Raj is lucky as the ball evaded a diving Bernadine Bezuidenhout. Onus on Smriti Mandhana and Mithali to build a strong partnership. India Women 24/2 (8.4 Overs)
  • Solid defence to start with and with 6550 runs under her belt, the India skipper holds the key.
  • Skipper Mithali Raj walks in.
  • WICKET - Lea Tahuhu strikes and that's a poor shot from Deepti Sharma. Short delivery, going down the leg side, Deepti goes for the pull and the ball takes the outside edge on its way to the keeper. India Women 15/2 (4.4 Overs)
  • Anna Peterson bowls a maiden over and the off-spinner has managed to keep Smriti Mandhana quiet. Both Peterson and Lea Tahuhu are bowling tight lines and this is an important phase for India Women.
  • Deepti is off the mark with a boundary as she pulls a short delivery to the fine leg boundary.
  • Smriti Mandhana is off the mark with a gorgeous boundary as she drives Anna Peterson straight down the ground.
  • Deepti Sharma, left handed batswoman joins Smriti Mandhana.
  • WICKET - Anna Peterson strikes and Jemimah Rodrigues departs for a duck. Tossed up delivery, Rodrigues dances down the track and tries to hit over mid-wicket but instead ends up offering a simple catch to Amelia Kerr. Poor start by India. India Women 2/1 (1.2 Overs)
  • Spin introduced early and it's a very good move giving the fact that the Indian spinners had New Zealand in a tangle.
  • India women are off the mark although both openers are yet to open their account. India Women 2/0 (1 Overs)
  • It will be Rodrigues who will take strike and Lea Tahuhu will start proceedings for New Zealand.
  • We are back for the chase and Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues are at the crease. 

 

  • India Women bowl out New Zealand for 161. Golden opportunity for the women in blue to seal the ODI series.

  • That's it. Jhulan Goswami picks her third wicket and that's the wrap of the New Zealand innings.

  • Ekta Bisht with her smart bowling took back-to back wickets and Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav followed suit as India eves picked wickets at regular intervals.

  • After Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey provided early breakthroughs, the spinners came into the act to push New Zealand Women on the backfoot.

  • WICKET - New Zealand women are in real trouble as Ekta Bisht picks her second wicket and this time she castles Amelia Kerr. India Women on top. New Zealand Women 38/4 (14.0 Overs)
  • WICKET - The move works as Ekta Bisht picks up a wicket as Lauren Down departs. Tossed up delivery, just outside off, Down goes down the track and ends up spooning a simple catch just behind the point region and Smriti Mandhana takes an easy catch. New Zealand Women 34/3 (12.0 Overs)
  • Spin being introduced from both ends and it will be Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma. New Zealand Women 25/2 (10.0 Overs)
  • WICKET - Shikha Pandey strikes and it's double breakthrough for India. Pandey traps Sophie Devine plumb in front and the batswoman pays the price for playing across the line. India off to a rollicking start. New Zealand Women 11/2 (6.0 Overs)
  • WICKET - Great start from India as Jhulan Goswami draws an edge from Suzie Bates and the opener departs for a duck. Just the start India wanted and the experienced Jhulan provides and early beakthrough.
  • Jhulan Goswami to open the bowling for India and it will be Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine who will be opening for the Kiwis.

Toss: India Women opt to bowl first.

India Women (Playing XI): Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj(c), Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Dayalan Hemalatha, Taniya Bhatia(w), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav

New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Bernadine Bezuidenhout(w), Leigh Kasperek, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

A dominant India will look to seal the three-match ODI series with another collective effort and consolidate its position in the ICC women’s championship table when it faces New Zealand in the second ODI on Tuesday.

The Indian women’s team put behind off-field controversies by making a superb start to the three-ODI rubber - which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship series - thrashing New Zealand by nine wickets in the opening match.

Ahead of the series, Indian women’s cricket had found itself in the middle of a furore when ODI skipper Mithali Raj and then coach Ramesh Powar had a fallout during the semifinal of the T20 World Cup in West Indies.

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