NZ vs IND: Happy to be back in form before World Cup, says Smriti Mandhana
NZ vs IND: Smriti Mandhana expressed her happiness after her performance in the fifth and final One-Day International against New Zealand at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on Thursday.
With the bat, Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, and Harmanpreet Kaur led India to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI.
“I think our bowlers did a fantastic job by restricting them to 250. The wicket was a good one to bat one, so all the batters contributed as we got a good win. I am happy that I am back to form before the World Cup. I think this series was a big advantage for the whole team before the World Cup,” said Smriti Mandhana after the game.
“We have had quite close matches, and all the girls are confident going into the World Cup. This win will help us and hopefully, we will take the confidence and momentum into the World Cup,” she added.
Sophie DeVine and Suzie Bates, New Zealand’s erratic opening duo, kicked off the innings. Bates, on the other hand, lost her wicket early on. With a 66-run outing, Amelia Kerr continued her incredible series. But DeVine and Amy Satterthwaite were unable to forge extended partnerships with her. In the last 15 overs of the game, India took 5 wickets to restrict New Zealand to a total of 251 runs.
Prior to the fourth ODI, India built on their excellent showing with the bat in this series. Even after Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma’s early wickets, Smriti Mandhana led from the front with a 71-run innings.
After Mandhana was caught in the 29th over, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur embarked on an 80-run stand that lasted nearly 14 overs and put India in command. Raj hit a boundary to end the series and give India a much-needed win to save the series.
India earned their first win of the series with this victory, although the White Ferns won the ODI series 4-1.