India Vs NZ women ODI series match highlights:
- New Zealand won by 8 wickets
- Bowling first, they dismissed India for a well below par 149 in 44 overs before chasing down the total in 29.2 overs with 8 wickets in spare
- This was New Zealand’s first win of the series which ended 2-1 in India’s favour
Coming back to India Vs NZ women ODI series, India finally floundered in the third and final ODI against New Zealand, putting in an aberration of a batting performance to put on only 149 on the board batting first. It was a target well below what India had fathomed, allowing New Zealand all the comfort and time to go about knocking runs off the board and eventually winning it by 8 wickets.
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Having sealed the series going into the series concluder, India knew that a sweep in the series would really assert their credentials as a world-class unit. They had come to New Zealand with a clear agenda, to put the recent debacle surrounding the side behind them and resume cricketing business in some style. It was a job they went about executing impeccably, routing New Zealand in the first two ODIs on the back of two overall clinical performances, in which the spinners lead from the front before the top order reaffirmed their status as one of the best in the world to record comprehensive wins.
However, come the third ODI, the hosts finally managed to do what India had inflicted on them the entire series. Bowling first on a pitch that had troubled the men’s sides a day earlier, incurring India to catapult for just 92, New Zealand was in devastating touch with the ball, showing immense discipline and responsibility to end an otherwise dismal series for them in perfect fashion.
India’s predicament was one that was shocking in the fashion it came about. After a resolute and steady start by the top order, to see out the new ball operators, India stood at healthy 117-4 after 35 overs at one point, a score which looked to be the perfect foundation for them, a lower middle-order to build on. Unfortunately, from an Indian perspective, the approach shown by the ensuing batters was tentative, maligning India to lose their final 6 wickets for just 32 runs.
It was India’s time to save the ramifications of spin, languishing in front of the wrist spinner from their counterpart’s unit. Off-spinner Peterson inflicted the most damage in the women’s, taking four wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs with pacer Tahuhu getting three wickets and conceding just 26 runs in nine overs.
New Zealand had no problem chasing down a lowly score, putting down the target with ease with Bates (57) and Satterthwaite (66 not out) scoring half-centuries to maraud the hosts to a comprehensive 8 wicket win.
Earlier in the series, New Zealand was outplayed in the first two games and always looked second best in the contest. The first match saw them being bowled out for 192, while the second ODI saw them only score 161 after a resounding effort in the bowling department by India.
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The 2-1 series win takes India up to three in the ICC tournament which will decide the qualification stage for the 2020 world cup, massive strides being made up the ranks to consolidate a strong position for themselves. The two sides next face each other in a three-match T20 series beginning February 6 in Wellington.