New Zealand Women cricket team defeated India Women cricket team by 8 wickets in the first T20 off three match T20 series at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. New Zealand Women captain Sophie Devine winning the toss asked India to bat first, and restricted India within 125 runs in 19.5 over. Nielson and Broadmore took four wickets each. Kasperek and Sophie took 2 and 1wicket respectively.
In reply to India Women’s 125, New Zealand took just 12.3 over to notch up an 8 wicket victory. An unbeaten blitzkrieg innings – 77 off 23 from Captain Sophie Devine took the match way from India. She got good assistance from Amy Satterthwaite, who scored 39 runs off 35 balls. However, New Zealand have had a shaky start as opener Rachel Priest was caught by Sushma Verma off Jhulan Goswami in the fifth ball of the first over of their innings .
But, that did not bother Sophie Devine to hammer Indian bowlers. Before Sophie fell to Rajeshwari Gayakwad, New Zealand had already scored 91 runs in six over. After Sophie departure, Leigh Kasperek joined Amy Satterthwaite to complete the rest of the job.
Earlier, India batting first got a tremendous start from opener Mithali Raj and Vellaswamy Vanitha . They were accumulating runs almost eight runs per over before Vanitha was trapped by Nielson at her personal sore 8 off 14 balls. As New Zealand broke the partnership, Indian batting line up collapsed like a house of cards. India, failed to capitalise on good start.
Mandhana , coming at one down lasted only five balls, and was trapped by Devine when India was at 46 for two. The next batsman was Captain Mithali Raj herself, who in particular, battered New Zealand bowlers early in the innings before getting run out at his personal score 35 off 23 balls to a brilliant piece of fielding by Natalie Dodd.
After Mithali’s departure only four batswomen managed to score 10 plus score. Harmanpreet Kaur (15 and Veda Krishnamurthy (14), Sneh Rana ( 16) and Sushma Verma (12) showed some resistance, but they were never allowed to go for big shot. For others it was just a few minutes of stay at the pitch. Finally India managed put a total of 125 before getting all out.