Women's T20I: India go down to New Zealand in 3rd match, lose series 3-0

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 12:37 hrs
Smriti Mandhana

The Indian women's team were handed a heart-breaking two-run defeat by New Zealand in the third and final T20I in Hamilton on Sunday and with that, they were clean-swept in the three-match series.

The hosts elected to bat first and scored 161 for the loss of seven wickets. Sophie Devine top-scored for the Kiwis with 72.

In reply, Smriti Mandhana again shone with the bat for India by scoring a 62-ball 86 but India could muster only 159 for 4 in their allotted 20 overs.

Smriti and Jemimah Rodrigues (21) gave India a good foundation by adding 47 runs for the second wicket. Jemimah's dismissal brought in Harmanpreet Kaur, but the star batswoman fell for just 2 runs.

Mandhana did score at a brief pace but was dismissed trying to up the scoring rate as run rate pressure mounted from the other end.

Post Smriti's dismissal, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma took India till the last over in which 16 runs were needed. A boundary each from Mithali and Sharma reduced the target to 7 off 3 balls. But with 4 needed off the last ball, Mithali Raj could only muster a single as New Zealand inflicted a fourth straight T20I loss on India.