Rachael Priest’s 34 balls 60 powered New Zealand to a thumping 2-0 T20 series victory over India in a three match series at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Alike the first match, Indian batting line up once again failed to put a big total on board after being asked to bat first by New Zealand captain Sophie Devine. With the help of Vellaswamy Vanitha’s 41 off 39 balls, Harmanpreet Kaur 28 balls 30 and Veda Krishnamurthy’s 25 balls 29 India set a target of 137 seven for New Zealand.
But, the Kiwi bowlers with the help of brilliant pieces of fielding restricted India, and in regular interval broke the partnership that did not let India to put big score on board. India did not get a good start as captain Mithali Raj was run out by Suzie Bates at the fifth ball of the first over while Latika Kumari coming at number 3 was grabbed by Sophie Devine.
Vanitha and Kaur’s 47 run partnership helped India to recover from the early slump. New Zealand, in reply to India 136 for 6 got a poor start as openers Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine were shown the path of dressing room by Jhulan Goswami.
But, Rachael Priest was coming at no. 3 hit Indian bowlers the ball hammer and tong. His gutsy 60 run innings was comprised of total 10 fours and 2 sixes. Rachael Priest storm finally come to an end in the hand of Poonm Yadav as she was caught by Jhulan Goswami .
Before Priest’s departure in the 11th over, Rajeshwari Gayakwad broke the 71 run partnership between Priest and Leigh Kasperek in the 10th over. When pressure was building on New Zealand Amy Satterthwaite and Katie Perkins showed immense maturity by building a run a ball partnership of 47 runs to race the target of 137.
Brief score: India 136 for 6 in 20 overs (Vanitha Vellaswamy 41, Harmanpreet Kaur 30, Veda Krishnamurthy 29, Sophie Devine 2 for 31) lost to New Zealand 139 for 4 in 17.5 overs (Rachel Priest 60, Amy Satterthwaite 24 not out, Katie Perkins 23 not out, Jhulan Goswami 2 for 29).