India sealed the 3-match series with an unassailable lead of 2-0
India women won the second ODI against New Zealand women to seal the series as they chased the small target of 162 just for the loss of two wickets and with 88 balls to spare.
Mithali put in New Zealand to bat after winning the toss and her decision soon proved to be right as India took 2 wickets in the first powerplay itself, conceding just 24 runs.
India put up and inspired bowling performance to limit the hosts to 161 all-out in 44.2 overs. Jhulan Goswami shone with the ball as she picked up 3 for 23 in 8.2 overs, bowling 2 maidens. Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav picked 2 wickets each whereas Shikha Pandey dismissed a solitary Kiwi batswoman. Barring Hemlatha and Ekta Bisht, with the former only bowling 3 overs, the Indian bowlers had economy rates of below 4. Ekta Bisht proved to be the most economical bowler as he conceded just 14 in her 8 overs.
Skipper Amy Satterthwaite was the lone batswomen who put up a fight as she scored 71 off 87 deliveries. Leigh Kasperek (21) was the second highest scorer for the Kiwis. No other player was able to go past 15 as the innings recorded 6 single digit scores, two of them being ducks.
The Kiwi bowlers seemed inspired and breathed fire as Anna Peterson and Lea Tahuhu dismissed Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma to reduce India to 15-2 in 4.4 overs. That was the moment when Kiwis thought they had an opening and could bounce back strongly. But Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj had something else in mind as they stitched together a partnership of 151* to drive India home.
Smriti Mandhana continued her good form and excellent stroke-play as she compiled 90 runs off 83 deliveries, including 13 boundaries and a solitary six. Mithali however, payed the second fiddle, scoring 63 of 111 deliveries. She played a calculated innings as strike-rate hovered in the high 30’s for most part of the innings. It was only towards the end that she showed a little aggression.
Mandhana was presented the player of the match award after Mithali finished the game with a six.
Brief Scores: New Zealand Women 161 in 44.2 overs (Satterthwaite 71; Goswami 2-23) lost to India 166/2 in 35.2 overs (Mandhana 90*, Raj 63*) by 8 wickets