Prime News, National and International Sport, Cricket, Wellington (NZ), February 6:- In women’s cricket, New Zealand defeated India by 23 runs in the first Twenty-20 at Wellington today to take a one-nil lead in the three-match series.
Put in to bat, the Kiwis had posted 159 for 4, riding on opener Sophie Devine’s 62, and end-of-innings cameos from skipper Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin.
In reply, Smriti Mandhana’s 58 and Jemimah Rodrigues’ 39 went in vain as the Indian eves were bundled out for 136 in 19.1 overs. Lea Tahuhu bagged the maximum of 3 wickets for the hosts.
The second T-20 will be played in Auckland on Friday.
Meanwhile, the first T-20 of the 3-match series between the Indian men’s team and New Zealand will be played at the same ground at Wellington in a short while from now. After winning the five-match ODI series 4-1, the confident Men in Blue will be aiming for another series win. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)