NZ vs IND: Batters played to their strengths, says Sophie Devine after win

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NZ vs IND: Batters played to their strengths, says Sophie Devine after win
NZ vs IND: Batters played to their strengths, says Sophie Devine after win

NZ vs IND: Batters played to their strengths, says Sophie Devine after win

NZ vs IND: New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine lauded the batters for playing to their strengths and leading her team to win against India in the fourth one-day international of the five-match series on Tuesday at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown.

New Zealand defeated India by 63 runs because to Amelia Kerr’s 68-run knock and a powerful bowling effort. Rain forced the fourth One-Day International to be shortened to 20 overs each side.

“It was another complete performance from us. With the bat, we showed real intent. Good experience (shortened game) with the World Cup coming up. It was a great opportunity for us. The batters played to their strengths. 191 was probably above-par. The fielding is an area where we’ve missed a few, that’s an area where we can probably save another 10-15 runs,” said Sophie Devine.

“With the bowling, at times, we have been slow to change our plans. We have to adapt quicker. I had belief in this group forever, nice to see people are seeing that. We are seeing the results now, there’s real confidence and belief. It’s perfect timing with the World Cup just around the corner,” she added.

India’s chase for 192 got off to the worst possible start when Shafali Verma (0), Yastika Bhatia (0), and Pooja Vastrakar (4) all fell in rapid succession, reducing them to 12/3 in the third over. Hayley Jensen sent Smriti Mandhana (13) back to the pavilion soon after, and India was in trouble at 19/4 in the fifth over.

The Indian innings was then reignited by Richa Ghosh and Mithali Raj. Ghosh scored her fifty in just 26 balls, making it the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman in Women’s One-Day Internationals. However, the 18-year-old was dismissed in the 13th over after scoring 52 runs, and India was reduced to 96/5.

India was unable to recover from this setback, and New Zealand went on to win comfortably.

New Zealand has taken a 4-0 lead in the five-match series with this victory. The final One-Day International will now take place on Thursday.