Napier: India achieved nine-wicket triumph in the opening ODI of a three-match series against Newzealand here Thursday. The in-form Smriti Mandhana (105) and the 18-year-old Rodrigues (81 not out) put together a batting masterclass after the bowlers did the job for India by bundling out host team for a below-par 192.
The Indian women produced a thoroughly clinical performance to eke out the comfortable victory in 33 overs. Mandhana and Rodrigues stitched together the highest ever opening wicket stand against New Zealand -- a 190-run partnership that stood for 32.2 overs. While Mandhana, fresh from winning the ICC women's cricketer of the year award, slammed her
In bolwing department, both Bisht and Yadav snared three wickets each to put the visiting side on top. Yadav, in fact, ripped through the White Ferns' middle order, claiming the scalps of skipper Amy Satterthwaite (31), Lauren Down (0) and Amelia Kerr (28) in her quota of 10 overs. This was after Susie Bates (38) and Sophie Devine (28) gave New Zealand a good star But Devine's run out by Deepti Sharma triggered a collapse and host folded in 48.4 overs.
Now both team will lock horns in the next match of the series will be played in Mount Maunganui on January 29.