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New Zealand Women finally secured a win in the match and the series which could have gone either way. Unlike the first T20I, the second match went down till the last ball where the Kiwis held their nerves better than the visitors. The Kiwis now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series and will be looking to script a white-wash with a win in the third and final match of this tour. The two teams will lock horns on 10th February at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday. Indian Women have come mighty close on both occasions only to end up on the losing side. With two consecutive defeats, we might see a couple of changes to their lineup. However, one thing is certain for both the sides - they both will come out all guns blazing to end win the match and end the tour on a high.
New Zealand Women will be pretty relieved after wrapping up the series especially considering their performance in the earlier concluded ODI series. They've adopted an aggressive approach since their loss in the second ODI and that has reflected on the field.
New Zealand have now managed to strangle Indians in the middle and the death overs twice in two matches thereby taking the momentum into the second innings. The approach has immensely helped them and they've appeared to be an altogether different side as compared to what they were like in the ICC Women's World Cup happened last year.
Chasing a total of 136, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates started off on an aggressive note and scored at an impressive rate in their first-wicket partnership. The wicket of Sophie Devine did stall their innings for a bit, but Suzie Bates ensured a smooth sail thereafter. The way they've handled Indian spinners in the middle overs has been commendable and the primary reason for their back to back wins. They have a strong batting lineup which bats deep and although their top-four have handled Indian spinners well, it will be interesting to see how their lower middle-order batters fare against them.
Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair.
Once again, Indian Women found themselves in a familiar situation of falling short of the total projected at one stage of the innings. Their 100th ODI did not start off on a happy note as they lost the toss and were put into bat on a surface where batting was only going to get easier.
They lost Priya Punia, who was playing her second game, in the third over innings of the over. Jemimah Rodriques and Smriti Mandhana never showed any signs of discomfort and were scoring freely until the former was dismissed for a personal score of 36. Her wicket resulted in a familiar story of a mini-collapse as Indian women could score only 64 runs in a little more than last ten overs of the innings.
Although Deepti Sharma was accurate and disciplined during India's defense, she did not get the same support from the other end. M Joshi leaked runs in the early two overs before finally getting better of Sophie Devine. One wicket brought another as Gurrey was dismissed after consuming eleven deliveries for her four runs. Yadav and Reddy controlled the middle-overs and picked up four important wickets between them. However, a series of unfortunate misses in the field allowed New Zealand to stay in the game. Despite a good last over from Mansi Joshi, the Kiwis finally overhauled the total with a single on the final delivery of the match.
Smriti Mandhana, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav.
After getting off to a disastrous tour with two back to back losses in the ODI series, New Zealand have really troubled Indians in all departments of the game. They have handled Indian spinners to perfection and therefore have been able to keep wickets intact. Indian women, on the other hand, have really found it troublesome to score after the dismissal of their openers. With no visible solution to their middle-order woes and spinners unable to make any impact for India, the Kiwis look better placed to win the upcoming match and seal the series 3-0.