NZ vs IND: Bowling is a bit of concern before World Cup, says Mithali Raj
NZ vs IND: India skipper Mithali Raj expressed disappointment after her team was defeated by New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match series on Tuesday at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown.
New Zealand defeated India by 63 runs with Amelia Kerr’s 68-run knock and a powerful bowling effort. Due to weather, the fourth One-Day International was reduced to 20 overs each side.
“We have definitely been trying few compositions with our spin and seam attack. But to be honest the bowling is a bit of concern before the World Cup. We want all our main bowlers to get their rhythm,” said Mithali after the game.
“We are adapting to the conditions but there are spells where the bowlers have bowled well. But we are not consistent and it is something that we are looking to improve. I was just looking at the shots and the way she (Richa) went about her batting. She is very talented and the future for India,” 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 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 dismissed in the 13th over after scoring 52 runs, and India 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.