The New Zealand women's team defeated India by 23 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
The hosts posted a total of 159 runs for the loss of four wickets after being sent in to bat first by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Opener Sophie Devine was the top-scorer, scoring 62 runs off 48 deliveries in an innings comprising of six boundaries and two sixes.
However, the visitors failed to chase down the total despite a record-smashing half century by opener Smriti Mandhana who scored a half century off 24 deliveries.
New Zealand pacer Lea Tahuhu played a decisive role with three wickets off four overs to derail India's pursuit which was going smoothly till the time Mandhana was at the crease. India were eventually bowled out for 136 runs in 19.1 overs. (With PTI inputs)
Here are the highlights:
# India 136/10 (19.1 overs)
# Wicket! India have been bowled out for 136 as Deepti Sharma attempts a shot, failing to direct the ball effectively, resulting in a catch to New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite. India 136/10 (19.1 overs)
# India 136/9 (19 overs)
# Wicket! Two wickets in the over as Radha Yadav is stumped by wicket-keeper Katey Martin, leaving the hosts in need of just one more wicket for victory. India 136/9 (18.6 overs)
#Wicket! Taniya Bhatia departs for just 1 after handing a return catch to bowler Leigh Kasperek. India 132/8 (18.2 overs)
# India 131/7 (18 overs)
# Wicket! Harmanpreet Kaur departs after being stumped for just 17 runs off 15 deliveries. India 130/7 (17.3 overs)
# India 122/6 (17 overs)
# Deepti Sharma is the next batswoman in!
# Wicket! India continue to lose wickets at regular intervals, as Arundhati Reddy is dismissed for just 2 runs off 6 deliveries after being adjudged lbw! India 117/6 (16.3 overs)
# India need 44 runs off 24 deliveries!
# India 116/5 (16 overs)
# India 111/5 (15 overs)
# Arundhati Reddy is the next batswoman in!
# Wicket! Anuja Patil has been dismissed for a duck, as the move to promote her up the order fails to yield results. India 111/5 (14.4 overs)
# Anuja Patil has been promoted up the order!
# Wicket! Hemalatha attempts to go for a big hit, in order to negotiate the increasing run-rate but fails to generate nothing but a catch to Amelia Kerr. India 111/4 (14.1 overs)
# India need 49 runs from 36 deliveries!
# India 111/3 (14 overs)
# India 107/3 (13 overs)
# Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur walks down to the crease!
# Wicket! Rodrigues departs soon after Mandhana's dismissal, while attempting a big hit as India lose two wickets in quick succession! India 103/3 (12.1 overs)
# India 103/2 (12 overs)
# Dayalan Hemalatha is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Mandhana departs for 58 runs off 34 deliveries as India lose their second wicket! India 102/2 (11.3 overs)
# 100 up for India!
# India 98/1 after 11 overs with 8 runs scored off the last over!
# Rosemary Mair has been brought into the attack!
# India 90/1 (10 overs) with just three runs scored off the 10th over!
# India need 73 runs off 66 deliveries!
# India are currently scoring at a run rate of nearly 10 runs per over, having scored 87 runs in nine overs!
# Half-century for Smriti Mandhana who brings up the milestone in just 24 deliveries!
# Amelia Kerr bowls an economical first over, conceding just nine runs as Mandhana inches closer to a half-century! India 78/1 (8 overs)
# India need 91 runs off 78 deliveries!
# India 69/1 (7 overs)
# Jemimah Rodrigues continues to attack from the other end, smashing three consecutive boundaries as India score 58 runs in 6 overs at a run rate of nearly 10. India 58/1 (6 overs)
# Mandhana continues to score runs at will against the hosts, scoring 18 runs off the fifth over bowled by Rosemary Mair, reaching a score of 31 runs off 13 deliveries. India 46/1 (5 overs)
# Smriti Mandhana who has been in great form recently, smashes two boundaries off the fourth over bowled by Lee Tahuhu as India reach 28/1 after 4 overs!
# India 19/1 (3 overs)
# Spinner Leigh Kasperek is set to bowl the third over!
# India 11/1 (2 overs)
# Pace-bowler Lea Tahuhu has been brought into the attack!
# India 4/1 (1 over)
# Jemimah Rodrigues is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Priya Punia attempts to smash another boundary having scored one off the second delivery, but fails to generate proper contact handing a catch. India 4/1 (0.5 overs)
# Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia are set to kick off the chase!
# Deepti Sharma was the most economical bowler for India, conceding 19 runs while picking a wicket during her four over spell!
# India need 160 runs to win the match!
# New Zealand 159/4 (20 overs)
# New Zealand 143/4 (19 overs)
# New Zealand 138/4 (18 overs)
# New Zealand 129/4 (17 overs)
# Francis Mackay is the new player following Satterwaite's dismissal!
# Wicket! Satterwaite departs for 33 as Deepti Sharma strikes again, drawing the batswoman into going for a big hit, resulting in a catch to Rodrigues. New Zealand 121/4 (16.3 overs)
# New Zealand 119/3 (16 overs)
# Katey Martin is the next player on the crease!
# Wicket! Sophie Devine has been dismissed for 62, after handing a catch to Deepti Sharma off a slow delivery by Arundhati Reddy. New Zealand 116/3 (15.3 overs)
# Opener Sophie Devine is the key batswoman for the hosts at this stage, having scored a half century with Satterwaite scoring a brisk 30. New Zealand 108/2 (15 overs)
# New Zealand 103/2 (14 overs)
# New Zealand 95/2 (13 overs)
# New Zealand 87/2 (12 overs)
# 14 runs from the over bowled by Poonam Yadav as New Zealand reach 78 runs for the loss of two wickets after 11 overs!
# New Zealand are currently scoring at around 6 runs per over with opener Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite at the crease. Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav have been the wicket takers for India. New Zealand 64/2 (10 overs)
# New Zealand 54/2 (9 overs)
# New Zealand 50/2 (8 overs)
# Amy Satterthwaite has made her way down to the crease!
# Wicket! New Zealand No 3 batsman Caitlin Gurrey has been dismissed for 15 as the hosts reach a total of 47 runs for the loss of two wickets after seven overs. New Zealand 47/2 (7 overs)
# Poonam Yadav, right-arm leg break comes into the attack!
# 6 runs off the over as New Zealand reach 40/1 after six overs. New Zealand 40/1 (6 overs)
# Anuja Patil brought into the attack!
# The hosts are off to a good start in the first five overs despite an early wicket, scoring at a brisk run rate of around 7 runs per over. New Zealand 34/1 (5 overs)
# New Zealand 32/1 (4 overs)
# New Zealand 21/1 (3 overs)
# New Zealand 11/1 (2 overs)
# Caitlin Gurrey comes down at the No 3 spot!
# Wicket! Suzie Bates dismissed for seven while attempting a big shot as Radha Yadav strikes early for India! New Zealand 11/1 (1.3 overs)
# New Zealand 8/0 (1 over)
# Arundhati Reddy will open the bowling for India!
# The openers have walked down to the middle with the game set to kick off in a few minutes!
# Both the sides are ready for the national anthems!
# Rosemary Mair and Katie Gurrey are set to make their T20 debuts for the hosts!
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# Mithali Raj is not a part of the playing eleven with Priya Punia handed her debut!
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 6, 2019
# New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Caitlin Gurrey, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(w), Frances Mackay, Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair
# India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia(w), Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav
# Harmanpreet Kaur has won the toss and opted to bowl!
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# The New Zealand women's team will look to register a strong start in the opening T20 at Wellington, after a 2-1 loss in the three match ODI series!
— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 6, 2019
# The Indian women's cricket team will aim for a solid show in the opening encounter of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.
The three-match series, which was part of the Women's ODI Championship, was won by India 2-1 but they suffered an eight-wicket loss at Hamilton on February 1 after being bowled out for 149.
Surprisingly, the Indian batters struggled most against spinners in the third ODI and that is one area they would be looking to improve.
Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the T20I side. It will be India's first game in the format ever since the infamous loss to England at the World T20 in the Caribbean, where Mithali was dropped for the all-important semifinal.
Questions were raised over Mithali's strike-rate in the shortest format and it remains to be seen how she approaches the series.
Harmanpreet is expected to play a much bigger role with the bat and a lot will depend on the start provided by Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, who were not amongst the runs at Hamilton.
Mandhana, however, had a memorable ODI series with scores of 90 and 105, enough to earn her the player of the series award.
The three-games will also help the team management assess where it stands ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia early next year.
(With PTI inputs)
The two squads are as follows:
India: Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Priya Punia.
New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite(c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Hayley Jensen, Caitlin Gurrey, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin, Rosemary Mair, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.