New Zealand Vs India women first T20 match highlights:
- NZW won by 23 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series
- India was dismissed for 136 in 19.2 overs in reply to NZ’s 159
- The second T20 of the three-match series will be contested on 8th February, Friday at 8:30 am IST
New Zealand women: 159/4 (Devine 62; Sharma 1/19) beat India women: 136 all out (Mandhana 58, Rodrigues 39; Tahuhu 3/20) by 23 runs to win the first T20I.
A well-worked effort by the New Zealand women’s cricket team saw them move 1-0 up in the series after they languished India at the Westpac Stadium in the series opener. Batting first on a track that has traditionally been more conducive to chasing, New Zealand put on a healthy and strong 159, one that India failed to get to. Despite being in a position of strength at one point in the encounter, India’s middle-order batswomen failed to capitalise on the assured start handed to them, collapsing derogatorily in a loss by 23 runs.
Moving on with New Zealand Vs India women first T20, on a riveting day of cricketing at the Westpac Stadium with both the women’s and men’s T20 encounters slated at the venue, the White Ferns got things underway in the country’s capital. Asked to bat first by India who had won what was a good toss for themselves, the hosts got off to a poor start, losing Bates early on to give India a perfect start in the encounter.
Going in with four spinners into the match who failed to work for India with New Zealand managing to find their feet in the middle and slowly and steadily work the runs around at a good rate. Devine was the highest scorer for them, striking 62 runs from 48 balls with six boundaries and two sixes and her partnership with Satterthwaite who got 33 runs from 27 balls, who was quintessential in ensuring that the home side was able to register a strong and competitive fighting total of the scoreboard.
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The two stitched a 69 run partnership, one that left India completely perplexed on how to break. The partnership paired with a late cameo down the order saw wicketkeeper batswoman Martin get 27 runs from 14 balls to bludgeon India’s bowlers in the death overs and take the score to 159-4. Despite the visitors losing their way at the end of the innings, it was a total they went in happier with, knowing that the track and extremely small square off the boundaries would work in their favour in the second innings.
And that is exactly what happened with the second wicket partnership proving it to be an extremely fruitful one for India. It flourished and floundered, dismissing New Zealand’s target for its sight and putting the Indian side in complete control as the hosts came under heat. Mandhana and Rodrigues’ 98 run stand, one that saw Mandhana reach her half-century, saw India comfortably crafting their way to a series lead before the match turned on its head as soon as the partnership was broken.
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From an exquisite position of 102-1, one from which there seemed to be no coming back in the match for NZW, India helped construct their own defeat, losing all semblance to lose their final 9 wickets for just 34 runs. The manner in which they fell apart was shambolic with an unsavoury batting effort seeing them get out to shoddy and sloppy shots.
It was Tahuhu who once again incurred the Indian collapse with the tourists giving her wickets to go down from 102-1 to 111-5. India’s skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur did persist for a while, keeping India in the chase as she tried to play the anchor role from one end but with wickets falling down in maligned fashion at the other end she too failed to maintain her composure, faltering eventually in what was a significant breakdown by India to go onto lose the match by 23 runs.
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For India, it’s not just the defeat but the manner the defeat came about in, was a massive problem. The magnitude of their irresponsible and indiscipline showing holds greater consequences and worries for the side. After all, for the second time in a row, they have slumped in such an embarrassing fashion and the middle-order has started to raise massive doubts. It looks shaky at best with no one ready to take the onus on themselves and deliver a match-winning performance meaning it’s an area India really need to work at if they are to have any chances of overturning this deficit.