Glad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumph

first_imgGlad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumphIndia lost the final ODI match against New Zealand but the result didn’t dampen their spirits as Mithali Raj’s side became the first from the country to win an ODI bilateral series in New Zealand.advertisement Rohan Sen HamiltonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 14:20 IST Smriti Mandhana played a crucial role in the first two ODI wins, scoring 105 and 90 not out (@White-Ferns Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand (150 for 2) beat India (149) by 8 wicketsIndia clinched the series 2-1 despite losing the 3rd ODI in HamiltonSmriti Mandhana was adjduged Player of the Series for scoring 196 runs in the 3 ODIs at an average of 98India, who had won the first two games to take an unbeatable series lead, lost the inconsequential third ODI by 8 wickets in Hamilton on Friday as the series ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Smriti Mandhana, who played a crucial role in the first two wins scoring 105 and 90 not out, was pleased as punch with the series result and her performance in the ODIs.”I would have been happy to have scored some runs today but I am really glad that we won our first series in New Zealand.”The first two games were satisfying because I could convert my scores and get the winning runs. This will help me grow as a player,” said Mandhana, who was adjduged Player of the Series after the match.The 22-year-old ended up as the highest scorer in the series with 196 runs in three matches at an average of 98 with a hundred and a half-century in her kitty. But the Mumbai cricketer doesn’t want to stop just here and wants to keep on scoring runs like this on a regular basis.”There’s a lot more hard work to be done (to be tagged one of the best in the world). I need to score a lot more runs and win many more games for India to get there,” Mandhana said.India captain Mithali Raj, who set a new record in women’s cricket with her 200th ODI appearance on Friday, was also quite satisfied with the result and reserved special praise for the bowlers.”I’m happy that the team has done so well this series. Very happy for Deepti (Sharma) and Jemimah (Rodrigues) for getting some runs under their belt. The spin bowlers have done well so far throughout the tour, but the total was quite less today to put pressure on New Zealand.advertisement”We want to do well in the T20s too and try to up our game. There will be changes to the squad and we will continue to train hard and do our best,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019India, who were dominant in the first two games, struggled at the Seddon Park as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs after being put into bat by the White Ferns.Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates (57) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (61 not out) to win the match in the 30th over.The two teams will now play a series of three T20 internationals on February 6, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, respectively.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: White Ferns beat Mithali Raj’s team for consolation win in 3rd ODIAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj completes 200 ODIs to set new record in women’s cricketFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mithali RajFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Hamilton ODIFollow ICC Women’s Championshiplast_img read more

India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth enters first final since 2017

first_img Next Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 16:54 IST India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth was involved in a three-game battle in the semi-final. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth beat Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19Srikanth took an hour and three minutes to beat the ChineseThis is Srikanth first final since French Open 2017Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the final of India Open 2019 in front a roaring home crowd at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. Srikanth battled for three games to defeat China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the semi-final to make it to the showpiece match on Sunday.Srikanth took an hour and three minutes to get past the Chinese in what was a brilliant battle of net play between the two.Srikanth ended the match with a delightful and deceptive drop shot after with a barrage of smashes in that rally to win the match, much to the delight of the crowd in the stadium.Buoyed by home crowd, India’s Kidambi Srikanth fuels title ambitions following fantastic semifinal fightback #HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCRaceToGuangzhou pic.twitter.com/kbyGYP1B1z BWF (@bwfmedia) March 30, 2019Srikanth was in a precarious situation early on when he lost the first game but came back strongly in the second game to take the match to the decider.In the end, Yuxiang did threaten to run away when he took an 18-16 lead right towards the end but Srikanth upped the ante and worked around his attacking play well to make it 18-18.From there, Srikanth bagged a couple of more points to bring up match points for himself.Yuxiang saved a match point but Srikanth eventually emerged victorious.Ahead of the tournament, Srikanth did say that he wanted to reach a final because he had played a number of quarter-finals and semi-finals last year.”I would prefer getting out in the first round of a tournament and reach the final of the next instead of playing two quarter-finals,” Srikanth had said after his first round win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent.advertisementSrikanth would be extremely happy with his effort on Saturday because Yuxiang did put him under a lot of pressure. Yuxiang had defeated Srikanth in the All England Championships last year, however, this is now Srikanth’s second straight win over the Chinese.Srikanth will next take on either former world champion Viktor Axelsen or his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap.Also Read | Fitness level of 2017 not enough to win 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kidambi SrikanthAlso Read | How HS Prannoy is battling health issues to get back on trackAlso Read | Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterFor 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 Kidambi SrikanthFollow Huang YuxiangFollow India Open 2019 India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth enters first final since 2017India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-final on Saturday to advance to the final of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more