Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami win India ODI series vs New Zealand
Smriti Mandhana followed on her 105 in Napier to score a fine 90 not out at Mount Maunganui as India defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets to take an unbeatable lead in the 3-match ODI series. Skipper Mithal Raj scored 63 not out as India chased down a modest 162 in the second ODI.India suffered two early setbacks in their chase. 18-year-old opener Jemimah Rodrigues fell for an 8-ball duck while Deepti Sharma departed for 8 off 11. India were in a spot of bother at 15 for 2 in the fifth over before Mandhana and Raj joined forces to steer India to victory.Mithali Raj hit a six over long on to complete the chase.2nd ODI. It’s all over! India Women win by 8 wickets https://t.co/HpmPFBQChC #NZvInd #TeamIndiaBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019In the first ODI in Napier, Mandhana (105) and Rodrigues (81) had added 190 for the opening wicket as India successful chased down 193 to take the lead in the series.The gulf between the two sides was apparent again on Tuesday. Goswami picked up 3 for 23 while Ekta Bisht, Sharma and Poonam Yadav picked two wickets apiece to dismiss the White Ferns for 161.For New Zealand on the other hand, Amy Satterthwaite was the only bright spot as she scored 71 off 87 deliveries.50 for @AmySatterthwait! Reaches the mark in 71 balls. Partnership with Kasperek now worth 35. 98/5 in the 30th. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/iqN4toaPSe #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/fBbdXHRNGdWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 29, 2019Captain Mithali Raj was happy to have the series in the bag and praised the effort from the entire team in getting the victory.advertisement”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good,” Mithali said in the post match presentation.Mithali conceded that the wicket in Mount Maunganui was on the slower side and she was just looking to play a supporting role to Mandhana, who is in a cracking form.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end,” Mithali further said.Team India will now look to sweep the series against the White Ferns in away conditions and look to continue with their good performance.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.India women’s series victory comes a day after the Indian men’s team took an unassailable lead in their five-match ODI series against the Black Caps.On Monday, Mohammed Shami led the charge again with three wickets before Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli hit stylish fifties to script a 7-wicket win.