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Indian women lose to NZ by 4 wickets

By The Assam Tribune

AUCKLAND, Feb 8: A shoddy batting performance by the middle-order saw Indian women lose a nail-biting second T20 International against New Zealand by four wickets and concede the three-match series here on Friday.

The Indian women had earlier lost the first Twenty20 International by 23 runs in Wellington.

Needing a win to keep the series alive, Indian women posted a modest 135 for 6 despite being 72 for 2 after the first 10 overs.

Chasing a modest target, New Zealand made heavy weather of the chase before scampering home off the last ball of the match losing only six wickets.

�I think we should give credit to our bowlers, it wasn�t a good total but still they fought for us. We were 20 runs short. They played better cricket than us. We just need to learn from our mistakes and play better,� India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said after the match.

SCORECARD

India: Priya Punia c Satterthwaite b Devine 4, Smriti Mandhana c Bates b Mair 36, Jemimah Rodrigues st Martin b Kerr 72, Harmanpreet Kaur c Satterthwaite b Kasperek 5, Dayalan Hemalatha retired hurt 2, Deepti Sharma run out (Martin) 6, Arundhati Reddy c Kerr b Mair 3, Radha Yadav not out 6, Mansi Joshi not out 0. Extras: (LB-1) 1. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 135. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-71, 3-79, 4-101, 5-129, 6-131. Bowling: Anna Peterson 3-0-22-0, Lea Tahuhu 4-0-28-0, Sophie Devine 2-0-16-1, Amelia Kerr 4-0-31-1, Leigh Kasperek 3-0-20-1, Rosemary Mair 4-0-17-2.

New Zealand: Sophie Devine b Yadav 19, Suzie Bates c Rodrigues b Reddy 62, Caitlin Gurrey c Sharma b Yadav 4, Amy Satterthwaite c Punia b Poonam Yadav 23, Katey Martin b Joshi 13, Anna Peterson c Sharma b Reddy 0, Leigh Kasperek not out 4, Hannah Rowe not out 4. Extras: (B-2, LB-3, W-2) 7. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 136. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-40, 3-101, 4-118, 5-119, 6-131. Bowling: Deepti Sharma 4-0-19-0, Mansi Joshi 4-0-35-1, Radha Yadav 4-0-23-2, Arundhati Reddy 4-0-22-2, Poonam Yadav 4-0-32-1. � PTI

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Indian women lose to NZ by 4 wickets

AUCKLAND, Feb 8: A shoddy batting performance by the middle-order saw Indian women lose a nail-biting second T20 International against New Zealand by four wickets and concede the three-match series here on Friday.

The Indian women had earlier lost the first Twenty20 International by 23 runs in Wellington.

Needing a win to keep the series alive, Indian women posted a modest 135 for 6 despite being 72 for 2 after the first 10 overs.

Chasing a modest target, New Zealand made heavy weather of the chase before scampering home off the last ball of the match losing only six wickets.

�I think we should give credit to our bowlers, it wasn�t a good total but still they fought for us. We were 20 runs short. They played better cricket than us. We just need to learn from our mistakes and play better,� India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said after the match.

SCORECARD

India: Priya Punia c Satterthwaite b Devine 4, Smriti Mandhana c Bates b Mair 36, Jemimah Rodrigues st Martin b Kerr 72, Harmanpreet Kaur c Satterthwaite b Kasperek 5, Dayalan Hemalatha retired hurt 2, Deepti Sharma run out (Martin) 6, Arundhati Reddy c Kerr b Mair 3, Radha Yadav not out 6, Mansi Joshi not out 0. Extras: (LB-1) 1. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 135. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-71, 3-79, 4-101, 5-129, 6-131. Bowling: Anna Peterson 3-0-22-0, Lea Tahuhu 4-0-28-0, Sophie Devine 2-0-16-1, Amelia Kerr 4-0-31-1, Leigh Kasperek 3-0-20-1, Rosemary Mair 4-0-17-2.

New Zealand: Sophie Devine b Yadav 19, Suzie Bates c Rodrigues b Reddy 62, Caitlin Gurrey c Sharma b Yadav 4, Amy Satterthwaite c Punia b Poonam Yadav 23, Katey Martin b Joshi 13, Anna Peterson c Sharma b Reddy 0, Leigh Kasperek not out 4, Hannah Rowe not out 4. Extras: (B-2, LB-3, W-2) 7. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 136. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-40, 3-101, 4-118, 5-119, 6-131. Bowling: Deepti Sharma 4-0-19-0, Mansi Joshi 4-0-35-1, Radha Yadav 4-0-23-2, Arundhati Reddy 4-0-22-2, Poonam Yadav 4-0-32-1. � PTI