NZ vs IND: In good space going into the World Cup, says Sophie Devine

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NZ vs IND: In good space going into the World Cup, says Sophie Devine
NZ vs IND: In good space going into the World Cup, says Sophie Devine

NZ vs IND: In good space going into the World Cup, says Sophie Devine

NZ vs IND: New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine said that her team is in good shape and that she is looking forward to playing in the Women’s ODI World Cup.

Devine made his remarks after India won the fifth and final One-Day International against New Zealand by six wickets at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on Thursday.

“We were probably about 10-15 runs short, for the first time in the series we haven’t had a 100-run partnership. We put down four-five chances in the field. Need to train and fix that. We need to focus more but impressed with how we have played in the series, we have been working hard over the last 12-24 months. Everyone has stepped up when given the opportunity. We are in a good space going into the World Cup,” said Devine after the fifth ODI against India.

“We are familiar with conditions, so we are looking forward to playing the World Cup in NZ. There’s going to be some pressure playing at home. She (Kerr) has been exceptional in the series. There’s talent throughout the team. We have a few injuries and niggles so need to have a lot at the squad before the first game against West Indies,” she added.

India earned their first win of the series with this victory, although the White Ferns won the ODI series 4-1.

Chasing 252, India’s opening pair of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana put on a 29-run stand. However Verma was dismissed in the fifth over by Hayley Jensen (9). Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana then joined forces at the crease, putting on a 60-run partnership for the second wicket.

Fran Jonas, on the other hand, broke up the pair when she beat Deepti (21) and brought Harmanpreet Kaur into the mix. Mandhana and Harmanpreet put on 64 runs. But Jensen (71) got the better of Mandhana (71) and India was reduced to 153/3, still 99 runs short of the mark.

Harmanpreet Kaur finally got her half-century. But with India still 27 runs short of the objective, Harmanpreet (63) lost her wicket. However, India’s captain Mithali Raj (57*) and Richa Ghosh (7*) ensured a comfortable victory.

Amelia Kerr had earlier scored 66 runs to help New Zealand reach 251/9 in the allocated fifty overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma, and Sneh Rana each took two wickets for India.