Indian women's cricket team defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the second ODI to win the three-match series with a game to spare at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. It’s the brilliant unbeated inning of Smriti Mandhana which helped the team to win the match.
Indian Army got a lowly target of 161 runs to win,.India made a poor start as they lost opener Jemimah Rodrigues and first drop Deepti Sharma cheaply for a duck and eight runs, respectively. However, Rodrigues's opening partner Mandhana joined forces with Mithali Raj (63) and the duo not only smashed blistering half-centuries but also stitched an unbeaten partnership of 151 runs to help to achieve the target in 35.2 overs.
Earlier, the New Zealand batters failed to counter India's bowling attack and fell in quick successions to eventually bundle out for 161 runs including 71 runs inning of Skipper Amy Satterthwaite For India, Jhulan Goswami took three wickters while Ekta Bisht's Deepti and Poonam Yadav bagged two wickets each. Shikha Pandey also bagged one wicket.
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, India will now play against New Zealand on February 1.