The Indian women's team suffered a two-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the third and final T20 International to lose the series 0-3 on Sunday.
New Zealand Women: 161 for 7 from 20 overs (Sophie Devine 72, Amy Satterthwaite 31; Deepti Sharma 2/28).
India Women: 159 for 4 from 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 86; Sophie Devine 2/21).
Here are the highlights:
# India lose by 2 runs!
# India 159/4 (20 overs)
# India 146/4 (19 overs)
# Sophie Devine will bowl the 19th over!
# India 139/4 (18 overs), India need 23 runs from 12 deliveries!
# 9 runs off the over, India 134/4 (17 overs)
# India need 36 off 22 deliveries!
# Amelia Kerr is the next bowler in!
# India 125/4 (16 overs)
#Wicket! Mandhana departs for 86 off a slower delivery by Sophie Devine, with Lee Tahuhu making no mistakes! India 123/4 (15.3 overs)
# Sophie Devine will bowl the 16th over!
# India 123/3 (15 overs)
# End of the 14th over with 5 runs scored, India 116/3 (14 overs)
# Leigh Kasperek into the attack!
# India 111/3 (13 overs) with the visitors needing 51 runs from 42 deliveries!
# Just 5 runs off the over and a wicket. India 103/3 (12 overs)
# Mithali Raj walks down to the crease!
# Wicket! Harmanpreet Kaur has been dismissed, while attempting a sweep, resulting in a leading edge to Anna Peterson! India 102/3 (11.5 overs)
# 100 up for India!
# Amelia Kerr is back into the attack!
# India need 64 runs off 54 balls!
# 15 runs off the over, as India reach 91/2 after 10 overs!
#Rosemary Mair is back into the attack!
# India 76/2 (9 overs)
# Harmanpreet Kaur is the next player in!
# Wicket! Sophie Devine strikes in her first over, dismissing Jemimah Rodrigues who attempted a big hit off a slower delivery. India 76/2 (8.6 overs)
# Half-century for Smriti Mandhana off 33 deliveries!
# Devine into the attack!
# 5 runs off the over, India 71/1 (8 overs)
# Amelia Kerr is the new bowler in the attack!
# India 66/1 (7 overs) with 10 runs off the over as Mandhana inches closer to a half-century!
# Hayley Jensen comes into the attack!
# 10 runs off the over as India reach 56/1 (6 overs)
# Anna Peterson is back into the attack!
# 6 runs off the over as New Zealand reach 46/1 after 5 overs!
# Lea Tahuhu is back into the attack!
# India 40/1 (4 overs)
# India 34/1 (3 overs)
# Jemimah Rodrigues is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Punia departs for 2 as Kasperek makes a fine comeback, with a slow flighted delivery with wicketkeeper Katey Martin making no mistakes with the gloves. India 29/1 (2.4 overs)
# Leigh Kasperek, right-arm off break, comes into the attack!
# 13 runs off the second over bowled by Peterson, as Mandhana hits the first six of the Indian chase! India 20/0 (2 overs)
# Anna Peterson will bowl from the other end!
# 7 runs off the first over, as Mandhana scores the first boundary of the Indian chase! India 7/0 (1 over)
# Lee Tahuhu is set to open the bowling for New Zealand!
# The Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia have made their way down to the crease!
# India need 162 to win from 120 balls!
# Wicket! Lee Tahuhu dismissed off the final delivery of the over, as New Zealand post a total of 161/7 in 20 overs!
# Lee Tahuhu is the next player in!
# Wicket! Kasperek out for a duck as Sharma who is bowling the 20th over, dismisses her Lbw! New Zealand 155/6 (19.1 overs)
# Leigh Kasperek, right handed bat, comes to the crease!
# Wicket! Katey Martin attempts a quick run, but fails to get back in time following an accurate throw by Mansi Joshi, as New Zealand lose their 5th wicket! New Zealand 151/5 (18.5 overs)
# Arundhati Reddy is set to bowl her final over!
# 150 up for the Kiwis!
# 7 runs off the over, New Zealand 147/4 (18 overs)
# Wicket! Skipper Amy Sattherthwaite has been dismissed for 31 after attempting a big hit off a slow delivery by Yadav, with Rodrigues completing a fine catch. New Zealand 142/4 (17.3 overs)
# Radha Sharma will be bowling the 18th over!
# Just 2 runs off the over as well as a wicket, as Joshi concedes just 2 runs off the over. New Zealand 140/3 (17 overs)
# Katey Martin is the next player in!
# Wicket! Joshi has struck with the vital wicket of Sophie Devine who has been dismissed for 72 off a slower delivery. New Zealand 140/3 (16.4 overs)
# Mansi Joshi back into the attack for her final over!
# 11 runs off Reddy's third over as New Zealand reach 138/2 after 16 overs!
# Arundhati Reddy who has conceded 14 runs in 2 overs is back into the attack!
# New Zealand 127/2 (15 overs)
# New Zealand 112/2 (14 overs)
# Radha Yadav into the attack!
# 50 for Sophie Devine off 39 deliveries, with 11 runs off the over. New Zealand 102/2 (13 overs)
# Poonam Yadav is back into the attack!
# New Zealand 91/2 (12 overs)
# Arundhati Reddy is back into the attack!
# Just three runs off the over as Joshi makes a fine comeback in the 10th over! New Zealand 83/2 (11 overs)
# Mansi Joshi bowls her third over!
# 9 runs off the 10th over, following a boundary off the last delivery as New Zealand reach 80/2 (10 overs)
# Radha Yadav is back into the attack!
# New Zealand 71/2 (9 overs)
# New Zealand skipper Amy Satterthwaite walks down to the crease!
# Wicket! Kiwis lose second wicket as Rowe is dismissed leg before wicket following a quick, turning delivery by Yadav. The umpire initially declined the appeal, which was overturned following a succesful review. New Zealand 69/2 (8.4 overs)
# Poonam Yadav continues for India!
# Mansi Joshi comes back into the attack, with nine runs off the second over! New Zealand 64/1 (8 overs)
# Just 3 singles off the over as India attempt to make a comeback following a brisk start! New Zealand 55/1 (7 overs)
# Poonam Yadav comes into the attack!
# Just 6 runs off the over as Reddy bowls a fine opening over! New Zealand 52/1 (6 overs)
# Hannah Rowe is the new batswoman in!
#Wicket! Suzie Bates has been dismissed for 24 after attempting a big hit off a slow delivery by Arundhati Reddy. Harmanpreet Kaur makes no mistakes, completing a fine catch New Zealand 46/1 (5.3 overs)
# Arundhati Reddy has been introduced in the attack!
# Sharma continues to bowl with 8 runs off the over, as the openers inch closer to a 50-run partnership. New Zealand 46/0 (5 overs)
# The hosts continue to score at a consistent rate, with 11 runs scored in the fourth over. The run rate has reached 9.50 with New Zealand 38/0 (4 overs)
# Radha Sharma replaces Mansi Joshi in the attack!
# New Zealand off to a positive start with 11 runs scored off the third over bowled by Deepti Sharma, as New Zealand 27/0 at the end of the third over!
# Expensive over for India with 13 runs conceded, as New Zealand reach 16/0 at the end of the second over!
# Mansi Joshi has been handed the ball at the other end!
# Both the openers are off the mark with 3 runs off the over as New Zealand reach 3/0 at the end of the first over!
# Sophie Devine will be taking strike with Deepti Sharma set to open the bowling for India!
# The players have walked out to the field with the clash all set to kick off in a few minutes!
# Both the sides are making their way out for the national anthem ceremony!
# Jemimah Rodrigues recorded her personal highest score of 72 in the second T20I!
# New Zealand opener Suzie Bates has recorded the most 50 plus scores in T20Is!
# India Women (Playing XI): Priya Punia, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav
# New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(w), Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe
# Mithali Raj has been included in the lineup following an injury to Dayalan Hemalatha in the second T20I!
# New Zealand skipper Amy Satterthwaite has won the toss and opted to bat!
# India Women’s squad for the three-match Paytm ODI series against England women has been announced!
India Women’s squad for three-match @Paytm ODI series against England women announced.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 9, 2019
An improved batting performance will be foremost on skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's mind, when India women eyeing a consolation victory, take on New Zealand in the third and final T20 International on Sunday.
After winning the ODI series 2-1, India women lost momentum and subsequently the T20 series.
In both games whether chasing or batting first, India are stuck in the less than 140-run mark, which is below-par against a top team like New Zealand.
The biggest problem has been the lack of fight from the middle-order save Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, who were top scorers respectively in the first two games.
Debutant Priya Punia's lack of experience has been evident, but what probably hurt the Women in Blue most is skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's indifferent form.
The Indian captain scored 17 and 5 in the first two games. She has been rusty due to lack of game time since the start of the ODI series where the visitors won quite comfortably.
The White Ferns have improved their game since losing the ODI series with senior batswoman Suzie Bates scoring 57 in the final one dayer and a match-winning 62 in the second T20 International.
(With PTI inputs)
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.