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New Zealand women beat India to clinch T20I series 3-0
February 12, 2019
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Hamilton: An all-round show by Sophie Devine helped New Zealand defeat India by two runs to sweep the three match women’s Twenty20 International series in Hamilton on Sunday.

India required 16 runs off the final over and Mithali Raj needed to hit a four off the final ball but Leigh Kasperek held her nerve to concede just one run, according to the ICC’s website.

A tight 19th over from Devine was as vital, as she conceded just seven runs in their defence of 161/7, as India, despite an entertaining 86 from Smriti Mandhana, finished short on 159/4.

Devine, having made 72 off 52 balls, got the big wickets of Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues to finish with 2/21. It was Mandhana’s second fifty of the series as well, and her fourth fifty-plus score in the last six matches across formats. Her second wicket partnership of 76 with Jemimah Rodrigues set the tone.

When Mandhana was finally dismissed, the equation was down to 39 needed off 27. However, in the face of tight bowling, it proved too much for India even as Mithali added 24 not out off 20. Earlier, opting to bat, New Zealand scored 161/7.

Indo-Asian News Service

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