NZ vs IND: Definitely keeping each other motivated, says Deepti Sharma after defeat in 4th ODI
NZ vs IND: After losing the fourth ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand, India vice-captain Deepti Sharma said the players are working together to keep each other motivated heading into the final match.
New Zealand defeated India by 63 runs with Amelia Kerr’s 68-run knock and a powerful bowling effort. Rain forced the fourth One-Day International to shortened to 20 overs each side.
“We are definitely keeping each other motivated. Winning and losing is a part of the game, but how we can motivate our players and give them confidence for future matches. With the World Cup coming, we want to take as much confidence as possible forward to the last match of the series. When other players get the confidence, it will play a crucial role for the team,” said Deepti Sharma.
New Zealand began their innings with some lovely stroke-play from Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates, who followed by Amelia Kerr, who put in yet another spectacular performance with a 68-run innings in 33 deliveries.
NZ were well on their way to victory thanks to the first four out’s excellent batting. As they had already passed 130 runs before the third wicket fell. Over the course of the innings, 191 runs were scored.
India’s batting, on the other hand, could not match the recent performances. India had already lost four wickets before scoring 20 runs, with Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia both caught for ducks.
With their partnership, captain Mithali Raj and Richa Ghosh gave the team some hope. But Richa fell when the team was still 95 runs behind the total. After 17.5 overs, the lower order struggled to fend off Amelia Kerr, and the squad was all-out for 128 runs.
India will play for pride in order to avoid whitewash in the last ODI.