In the third and final T20I between the New Zealand’s women side and India’s women team, it were the White Ferns who won their third consecutive T20I, while completing the whitewash in what was a nail biter of a finish.
Batting first the host nation scored a challenging 161 for the loss of 7 wickets in the first innings of the game. Sophie Devine started off in grand manner with a trailblazing knock of 72 from 52 deliveries with 8 boundaries and 2 sixes under her belt.
Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite scored valuable knocks of 24 and 31 respectively which further solidified New Zealand to post a competitive target.
Deepti Sharma was the leading wicket taker with 2 wickets to her name, while Mansi Johsi, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, and Poonam Yadav picked the one wicket a piece.
Smriti Mandhana carried on brilliance with the bat, and added a personal tally 86 from 62 deliveries, with a staggering number of 12 fours and a six to her name. Jemimah Rodrigues also got a start, but failed to convert it into a big total as she was dismissed for 21.
Sophie Devine yet again played a crucial role, but this time with the white leather, after getting both in-form batters out at an important interval of the game. Mithali Raj’s 24 of 20, and Deepti Sharma’s 21 of 16 did put in a scare for the hosts as the Indians fell short of just 2 runs, in spite smashing 13 runs in the final over of the game.
Though the women in blue ensured their authority in the ODI format by winning the series 2-1, the White Ferns redeemed themselves in style by clean sweeping the Indian cricket team.
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