India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj’s India look to seal ODI series vs White Ferns

first_img India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 18:41 IST India can clinch the 3-match ODI series with a wining the 2nd ODI (@BCCIWomen Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia can clinch the 3-match ODI series with a win in the third ODI on TuesdayIndia will look to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship tableIndia will also have the chance to avenge the loss in their home seriesMithali Raj & Co. will look for a win in the second one-day international in Mount Maunganui when they face New Zealand to consolidate their position in the ICC women’s championship table and seal the three-match ODI series.India made a confident start to the series with a commanding win in the first match in Napier, which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship series, thrashing New Zealand by nine wickets.Ahead of the series, Indian women’s cricket had found itself in the middle of a furore when ODI skipper Mithali Raj and then coach Ramesh Powar had a fallout during the semifinal of the T20 World Cup in West Indies.It eventually led to the exit of Powar and appointment of WV Raman as head coach.Under Raman, the Indian team dished out a dominating performance, outclassing the hosts in all three departments in the series-opener.The spin trio of Ekta Bisht (3/32), Poonam Yadav (3/42) and Deepti Sharma (2/27) resistricted the New Zealand batswomen to 192 in 48.4 overs before openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues steered the side home with a 190-run stand — India’s third-best for the first wicket in ODIs.Mandhana played a starring role, hitting her fourth ODI century as India overhauled the target in 33 overs to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship table, which will determine qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup.A win in the second ODI will seal the series and be a fitting revenge for the Indian team, which had lost the home leg of the ICC Women’s Championship series 1-2 to New Zealand during the last cycle that ran from 2014-2016.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, are ranked second in the ICC Women’s Championship table and are guaranteed direct entry into the 50-over World Cup being the hosts.In the first ODI, the Kiwis have looked clueless against India, a team that ended the hosts’ hope of qualifying for the knockouts at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the Women’s World T20 last year.Time to net #NZvIND #cricketnation #culturescombined pic.twitter.com/hfpy3d02QgWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 27, 2019New Zealand’s batting was in disarray in the opening match with most batswomen failing to capitalise on starts.Opener Suzie Bates (36) and skipper Amy Satterthwaite (31) were the top-scorers for New Zealand in the first match and they would hope to convert these starts in the second ODI.”We need to keep backing our abilities and play with more confidence. It is a bit of a mental challenge for us to step up against India,” skipper Satterthwaite had said after the first ODI.”Not relying on a couple of players, whole batting order needs to contribute. Also need to back all our bowlers to execute.”Squads: India: Mithali Raj (capt), Tanya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemlatha, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav.New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mithali RajFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Jemimah RodriguesFollow Smriit MandhanaFollow 2nd India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj’s India look to seal ODI series vs White FernsIndia vs New Zealand: India will look to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship table and avenge the loss in their home seriesadvertisementlast_img

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