India lose series as Suzie Bates leads New Zealand to 4-wicket win in 2nd T20I

first_imgIndia’s poor run in the Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand continued as the women’s team conceded the 3-match series after losing the second game by 4 wickets at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.Contradicting the script, which was for an easy chase for the ‘White Ferns’, the match went into a last over thriller with the hosts winning the game on the last ball of the match.Chasing a rather modest total of 136, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine made a quick start, before the latter departed for 19 off 16 balls after being dismissed by Radha Yadav. Caitlin Gurrey soon followed for just four runs.Skipper Amy Satterthwaite provided support as the pair notched up a 61-run stand. She fell for 23 off 20 balls with Bates following her captain soon after. The right hand batter had almost done the job for New Zealand, having scored 62 off 52 balls, including five strokes to the boundary ropes.Wicket-keeper Katey Martin fell cheaply for a 12-ball 13 while Anna Peterson was dismissed for a duck as the hosts were nearing the target.The afore mentioned Radha Yadav and Arundhati Reddy picked up two wickets each, while Mansi Joshi and Poonav Yadav chipped in one each.Leigh Kasperek and Hannah Rowe took New Zealand home in the last over of the match, despite Mansi dismissing Katey Martin with three balls to go.With the win, New Zealand have bagged the series having won the previous match by 23 runs in Wellington.Put into bat, India didn’t exactly have a solid start to the match, as Priya Punia yielded for just four runs, again.advertisementIt was up to the now-seasoned pair of Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues. And they didn’t dissapoint, stiching together a 98-run stand for the second wicket, broken when Mandhana was dismissed by Rosemary Mair for well-earned 36 from 27 balls.Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was sent back to the dugout for a run-a-ball 5. Dayalan Hemalatha was forced to retire hurt after scoring just 2 runs while the likes of Deepti Sharma (6) Arundhati Reddy (3) didn’t add many runs to the total.Jemimah carried on and held the innings together as others around fell cheaply. The youngster scored a battling 72 before being stumped by Katey Martin off the bowling of Amelia Kerr. She struck six bondaries and one six in her 53-ball stay at the crease.Radha Yadav (6) and Poonav Yadav (0) remained unbeaten at the completion of 20 overs as India posted a total of 135 for 6.Rosemary Mair was pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 wickets for 17 runs, and was ably supported by Leigh Kasperek, Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr – who all chipped in with one wicket each.The final match of the three-match series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.Also Watch:last_img read more