NZ vs IND: Lauren Down, Katey Martin star as hosts gain 3-0 unassailable lead in ODI series

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NZ vs IND: Lauren Down, Katey Martin star as hosts gain 3-0 unassailable lead in ODI series
NZ vs IND: Lauren Down, Katey Martin star as hosts gain 3-0 unassailable lead in ODI series

NZ vs IND: Lauren Down, Katey Martin star as hosts gain 3-0 unassailable lead in ODI series

NZ vs IND: New Zealand defeated India by three wickets in the third ODI of the five-match series here at John Davies Oval, Queenstown on Friday, thanks to a 76-run stand for the seventh wicket between Lauren Down and Katey Martin.

With this victory, New Zealand has taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the five-match series. On Tuesday, the fourth One-Day International will be contested at the same location. This 280-run pursuit is the second-highest in the history of women’s One-Day Internationals. With just 14 runs on the board, New Zealand got off to a disastrous start, losing Sophie Devine (0) and Suzie Bates (5), bringing Amelia Kerr and Amy Satterthwaite to the crease. For the hosts, the duo resurrected the innings. The 103-run third-wicket stand was broken in the 24th over when Goswami dismissed Satterthwaite (59), leaving the White Ferns 163 runs short of their total.

In the 31st over, Sneh Rana took the important wicket of Amelia Kerr (67), reducing New Zealand to 152/4. And still 128 runs short of the chase. Renuka Singh then took her first ODI wicket in the 34th over, dismissing Maddy Green (24) for a duck, putting the hosts in trouble.

Lauren Down and Katey Martin teamed up in the crease to lead the White Ferns’ comeback in the game. Both hitters put up a 76-run stand for the seventh wicket, but with New Zealand 33 runs short of the mark. The hosts lost the wicket of Martin Guptill (35).

Down reached her half-century in the 47th over of the innings. Therefore, New Zealand needed 23 runs to win in the final three overs. In the end, Down (64*) and Frances Mackay (17*) helped New Zealand take a 3-0 series lead.

Brief Scores:

India 279/10 (Deepti Sharma 69*, Sabbhineni Meghana 61; Rosemary Mair 2-43).

New Zealand 280/7 (Amelia Kerr 67, Lauren Down 64*; Jhulan Goswami 3-47).