Auckland: Indian women lose interesting second T20 International against New Zealand by four wickets and concede the three-match series here on Friday. Indian women posted a modest 135 for 6 despite being 72 for 2 after the first 10 overs. Chasing a modest target, host team made heavy weather of the chase before scampering home off the last ball of the match losing six wickets.
The Indian women had earlier lost the first Twenty20 International by 23 runs in Wellington and Newzealand team came to field to ensure the series win in this march only. Jemimah Rodrigues slammed a 53-ball 72 that included six boundaries and one six but India scored only 63 runs in the back 10 to end up 20 runs short, which became their undoing. Then Suzie Bates (62) and Amy Satterthwaite (23) joined hands and the duo stitched 61 runs for the third wicket to get New Zealand women back into the track. Talking about the bowling side, Radha Yadav (2/23) and medium pacer Arundhati Reddy (2/22) performed well but were not enough for restricting the hosts.
Earlier, Jemimah, with in-form opener Smriti Mandhana (36 off 27), Rodrigues added 63 runs for the second-wicket to lay the base for the total after the India lost opener Priya Punia (4) early. India women struggled to put up partnerships and the one between Mandhana and Rodrigues helped team India in scoring a respectable score.