New Zealand 161 (Amy Satterthwaite 71, Jhulan Goswami 3/23) lost to India 166 (Smriti Mandhana 90*, Lea Tahuhu 1/16) by eight wickets
India vs New Zealand Women Second ODI match highlights:
- India won the second ODI at the Bay Oval by 8 wickets
- Chasing 162, India made 166-2 in 35.2 overs
- With the win, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series with the final match slated to be played on 1st February at 6:30 am IST
Building on from their dominating series opener against New Zealand, the Indian women cricket team put in another well-rounded and clinical performance to put down their counterparts by a comfortable 8 wickets. Buoyed by another bowling masterclass, India emulated their success of the first match to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series ahead of the third and final match of the ODI series to be played on 1st February at 6:30 am IST.
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Coming back to India vs New Zealand women second ODI, reaffirming their status as one of the most lethal bowling attacks in international cricket, India’s women cricket team was at their emphatic best, tightening the screws on New Zealand right from ball one. Incurring an unsavoury start for the hosts, India struck early and at regular intervals as New Zealand found themselves floundering at 8-2 after the first 4 overs.
Removing Suzie Bates (0) who was caught behind by the wicket-keeper, India after three overs sent back Sophie Devine (7) to the pavilion. Devine trapped the opener in front but the umpire turned down the appeal but India was quick to take a DRS review, one that proved to be fruitful for the country with the umpire overturning his decision.
Looking at the advantage they had obtained, India was quick to introduce their spinners in the attack, demolishing New Zealand who failed to give Satterthwaite any meaningful support from the other end. Wickets fell by the minute, with New Zealand putting in a dire and shambolic performance, failing to learn from their mistakes of the first match, once again allowing the Indian slower bowlers to run away with the match.
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Meanwhile, Satterthwaite, on the other hand, took the score to a respectable enough showing for New Zealand with a half-century. A sixth wicket stand between her and Kasperek saw New Zealand finally put on something of substance, contributing a vital 58 runs to their total. It was an extremely important partnership from their side, one that took Satterthwaite to 71 and the New Zealand total moved on towards 161.
For the Indians, their entire bowling unit functioned in tandem, delivering a deadly bowling performance to trigger New Zealand’s languishing display. Wickets came from all quarters, with each bowl chipping into the team’s cause to ensure that the batters were given a far too easy task at hand.
A chase which looked to be relatively comfortable for India saw them rattled in the early part of the innings with New Zealand’s pacers making the ball sing to their tunes as they threw the kitchen sink at India. Rodrigues was dismissed for zero by Peterson towards the leg side and Deepti Sharma (8) was quick to succumb soon after to Tahuhu’s short ball tactics, gloving a pull shot to the wicket-keeper.
Unfortunately for the home side, this initial upper hand didn’t translate into much more. A third-wicket stand of 151 between Mandhana and Raj took India to a mammoth 8 wicket win on the day and with it also saw them register a 2-0 lead in the series.
Mandhana hit her second half-century of the series, scoring 90 while Raj, at the other end, hit 63 on course to an Indian win which also solidifies in the ICC tournament to determine the qualifiers for the next ODI world cup to follow in the women’s cricket discipline.