The New Zealand women's team defeated India by 23 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. India won toss and choose to bowl first. While New Zealand posted a total of 159 runs for the loss of four wickets. Opener Sophie Devine was the top-scorer, scoring 62 runs off 48 deliveries in an innings comprising of six boundaries and two sixes. But Indian team sum up at 139 run by loss of 10 wickets.
The star batswoman of the Indian team Smriti Mandhana, etched her name in the history books when she scored the fastest T20I half-century by an Indian woman. While playing her inning, Mandhana reached the 50-run mark off just 24 balls in the first T20I against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington during India's run-chase. The left-handed batswoman smashed Kiwi medium-pacer Sophie Devine out of the field for a six to reach her half-century. But her heroics were not enough for the team as New Zealand won the match easily by a margin of 23 runs after bowling out the visitors for 136 in 19.1 overs.