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India Women vs New Zealand Women 2019: 1st T20I – Match Report

India Women vs New Zealand Women 2019: 1st T20I, Wellington – Match Report; The home team fans finally got to see their cricketers putting on a great show for the visitors, the Indians. They outsmarted the Indians convincingly in all phases of the game and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Sophie Devine starred alongside Lea Tahuhu.

1st innings:

Initially, it was Indian women who won the toss and chose to bowl first. To justify the toss decision, Radha Yadav produced an early wicket by removing Suzie Bates for 11 runs on the board. She was followed by number 3 batswoman Gurrey, who was bowled by Poonam Yadav.

Then came the 69-year partnership between Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite. Both often had Indian women chasing after the leather. Devine delivered her strokes fluidly while Amy rotated her strokes well.

Sophie Devine scored 62 points. (Credits – Twitter)

However, Indian managed a comeback in the innings by defeating both established batswomen by a difference of 5 runs. Nevertheless, the Kiwis got the nice, breezy knock of 27 runs from wicketkeeper Katie Martin, taking the total to 159.

For India, Poonam Yadav, Arundathi Reddy, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma picked one wicket each. While batting, Devine finished with 62 while Satterthwaite hit 33 in 27 balls.

2nd innings:

In response, India lost Priya Punia for 4 runs on the board. However, they scored a brilliant 98-run partnership on the second wicket between Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues and reached the 100-run mark in the 11th over of the chase.

India Women vs New Zealand Women 2019: 1st T20I, Wellington – Match Report

Smriti Mandhana scored 58 off 34 balls. (Source: Getty)

Just when everyone expected it to be a cakewalk for the team, came Lea Tahuhu’s miraculous spell that changed the course of the game. Mandhana’s wicket provided the opportunity for the dramatic collapse.

They went from 103/2 in 11.2 overs to 136 runs in 19.1 overs. It really sums up the story of the middle problem of Indian women. Harmanpreet Kaur stayed in the middle for a while but failed to lead the team to victory.

For the Kiwis, Lea Tahuhu was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. Kasperek and Kerr finished the game with a couple of wickets each, while Mair, Devine and Satterthwaite bagged a wicket each.

Short results:

New Zealand – 159/4 (Devine 62, Satterthwaite 33; Deepti 1/19)

India – 136 points (Mandhana 58, Rodrigues 39; Tahuhu 3/20)

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