Indian women cricketers who have won the 5-match ODI Series against New Zealand 3-2, were beaten in all fronts by their rival in the first T20 match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore on Saturday July 11. A 22-ball 70 from stand-in captain Sophie Devine made the task easy for New Zealand to cruise to dominating eight-wicket victory with 45 balls to spare. On her way to match winning knock, Sophie Divine slammed the fastes fifty in T20 International Matches. She struck eight sixes and five fours and reached her half century mark in 18 balls, breaking the record held by Deandra Dottin (22 balls) of West Indies. She also hammered 32 runs in one over from Sneh Rana.
Chasing a target of 126 for a win, New Zealand batswomen overhauled it in 12.3 overs losing just two wickets in the process. Besides skipper Sophie Devine, Satterthwaite remained unbeaten on 39 from 35 balls.
Earlier Indian women were shot out for 125 in 19.5 overs after being put into the bat by New Zealand on winning the toss. Indian skipper Mithali Raj top-scored with 35 off 23-ball. She and her opening partner Vellaswamy Vanitha gave India good star putting on 41 runs in 4.5 overs but once Vanitha fell lbw for 8 to Morna Nielsen, none other Indian batswomen managed to come good against a disciplined Kiwi bowling attack. Pacers Morna Neilsen and Kate Broadmore picked 3-wickets apiece, while off-spinner Leigh Kasperek grabbed two to demolish the Indian batting. At one stage Indians were reduced to 87 for 7 in 13 overs and then, 100 run-mark seemed a hilly task, but thanks to Sneh Rana (16) and Sushma Verma (12) who batted sensibly down the order to take India seemingly a fighting total. Both added valuable 27 runs for the eighth wicket.
In reply New Zealand lost their first wicket when just two runs were on the board. Indian medium pacer Jhoolan Goswamy removed opener Rachel Priest in the opening over. Sophie Devine then joined Amy Satterthwaite and took full control of the Indian bowling attack. She smashed eight sixes and five fours for her 22-ball 70 before getting dismissed by Rajeswari Gayakwad in the sixth over. By that time she and Satterthwaite had added 89 for the second wicket and score board was reading 91 for 2. It was all over for India as LM Kasperek and Satterthwaite secured visitors a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Satterthwaite remained unbeaten for 39.
India: 125 in 19.5 overs (Mithali Raj 35, Kate Broadmore 3/16, Morna Nielsen 3/30, Leigh Kasperek 2/18 )
New Zealand: 126/2 in 12.3 overs (Sophie Devine 70, Amy Satterthwaite 39*, Jhulan Goswami 1/19)
|… by Animesh Khare