NZ Vs India Women second T20 highlights:
- New Zealand won the match of the last ball with a 4-wicket win seeing them wrap up the series
- They chased down the 136-run target set by India by successfully chasing 9 runs in the last over
- NZW lead the three-match series 2-0 with the third ODI slated for Sunday, 10th February at 8:30 am IST
The Indian women cricket team had to suffer a heart-breaking defeat in the second T20 against New Zealand, seeing the match slip out of their hands in the last ball. A match that had everything, changing hands continuously in a topsy—turvy encounter saw New Zealand needing 9 runs off the last over, one India looked set to defend after picking up a wicket of the second ball of the culminating over before New Zealand showed immense composure to knock down the target and with it move ahead into a 2-0 lead that can’t be overturned with just the final match of the series remaining.
Batting first, the story was yet again same for India. After getting off to a blistering start with their top order functioning ever so smoothly, India made most of the first 6 overs of powerplay with Mandhana yet again proving a tough wicket to negotiate for New Zealand. She did the brunt of the scoring, hitting the ever so well and finely on a wicket where the batswoman was bound to flourish.
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Ruthless and unforgiving in their approach, India took no time in reaching their first 50, ending the powerplay by consolidating their bid to put on a huge total with the score reading an impressive 52-1. However, they crumbled once again, with Mair coming on and doing the job in her first over. As opposed to the 18 she was hit for in her opening over in the first T20, she managed to break a partnership that was going fortuitously for India, flourishing and looking well set to take the total past 200.
Out walked the Indian captain and truly feared and revered name in world cricket, Harmanpreet Kaur, with the entire country’s eyes set on her to play her traditional all attacking, flamboyant innings. She failed to get going though, as looked to work the wrist-spinner around for a single, just pushing at a delivery that was given air to find the close-in fielder. It was a wicket that sparked another agonizing collapse for India with the middle-order deciding to throw their wickets yet again.
Of the batswoman to follow from three down, none of them managed to even get in double digits emphasizing the unprecedented and embarrassing collapse the tourists were once again on the back of. From 79-2, the side was restricted to just 135-6 with the runs dying up in their closing stages, seeing New Zealand end the first half of the match the happier of the two sides.
And New Zealand continued to build on that momentum, going about the chase with relative ease and comfort. Contributing to their cause were the Indian spinners who were at their worst since the T20 world cup match which saw India exit the tournament. A tainted performance by them saw them persisting with a widish the off stump, well-pitched in the bad region line and length, one they were ever so likely to face the ramification of. A harsh performance by them saw New Zealand get off to a flier with the third wicket partnership completely wiping India out of the chase.
From a situation of no return, India miraculously managed to turn the match on its head with the wicket of Bates (62) and Satterthwaite (23) seeing them come back strongly. As the stands filled and the Indian support vociferously and boisterously cheered the side on, India regained the much-needed fighting spirit that had been lacking the entire match to show the intensity and incisiveness needed to take the match down to a last-ball thriller.
The last ball saw India give away a boundary off the first delivery before eventually once again bringing another twist in the match with a wicket. Unfortunately, an overthrow gifted NZW an extra run with these fine margins coming into play as the hosts managed to get the winning run off the last ball and with it thwart the rear-guard Indian effort.