Smriti Mandhana's To Helps Indian Women Defeat New Zealand In 1st ODI

Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana's To Helps Indian Women Defeat New Zealand In 1st ODI 

New Delhi: Indian women's cricket team defeated New Zealand, with the help of powerpacked performance from Smriti Mandhana and Jemima Rodrigues in the first One-day International (ODI) on Thursday. The Indian team, who was given a target of 192, chased down the target in mere 33 overs. In the bowling department, Ekta Bisht claimed three wickets as New Zealand were restricted to 192 all out in their inning.

Smriti Mandhana, who recently won the ICC women's cricketer of the year award, slammed her fourth ODI hundred, on the other hand, Rodrigues scored her maiden international half century. 

"I think it's great to start the series with a win and wonderful to see openers get an over 100-run partnership. I think lot of girls do look up to Mandhana. She had a great 2018 and she is continuing and it gives a lot of confidence to the dressing room," India captain Mithali Raj said in the post-match presentation.

She added,"But easy catches should have been taken. We are definitely not overconfident,"  referring to the shortcomings she noticed. 

By scoring a 190-run partnership, the duo together scored the highest ever opening wicket stand against New Zealand.

Smriti Mandhana's century included nine fours and three sixes, while Rodrigues managed nine hits to the fence.

She said, "The wicket was great to bat on. We played according to the merit of the balls and it was a great innings."

An overcast sky meant that the two teams did not face the sun-strike that halted play for nearly half an hour in the men's game on Wednesday.

After being put to bat, the Kiwi started off good and crumbled in the face of India's relentless spin combination of Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht.

Both Bisht and Yadav snared three wickets each to put the visiting side on top.

In fact, Yadav had destroyed the host's middle order, as she claimed the wickets of skipper Amy Satterthwaite (31), Lauren Down (0) and Amelia Kerr (28) in her quota of 10 overs. 

Susie Bates (38) and Sophie Devine (28) gave the Kiwi's a good start. 

A collapse was triggered by Devine's run out by Deepti Sharma and the inning of New Zealand folded in 48.4 overs. The only good performance from the home side came from, Bates who scored 38 off 54 balls.

The second ODI will be played on January 29,  in Mount Maunganui.