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

Beating Afghanistan for first time was special: Hamilton Masakadza after farewell game

first_img Next Beating Afghanistan for first time was special: Hamilton Masakadza after farewell gameHamilton Masakadza bid adieu to international cricket on Friday after leading Zimbabwe to a 7-wicket win over Afghanistan in the T20I tri-series being played in Bangladesh.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChattogramSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 09:35 IST Hamilton Masakadza got a guard of honour from his teammates and opposition players (Zimbabwe Cricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZimbabwe (156/3) beat Afghanistan (155/8) by 7 wickets in their final match of the T20I tri-seriesHamilton Masakadza scored 71 off 42 balls with 4 boundaries and 5 sixesMasakadza, who was playing his final international match, got a guard of honour and was presented with mementos after the gameZimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza couldn’t have asked for a better farewell from international cricket as he single-handedly led his team to a convincing win over Afghanistan in the T20 tri-nation series at Chattogram on Friday.Zimbabwe rode on their skipper’s 71 off 42 balls to chase down the target of 156 with 3 balls to spare and register their first win over Afghanistan in the shortest format.Masakadza, who had announced that he would retire from international cricket after this series, smashed four boundaries and five sixes during his knock.”It was super special. To lead the team to the win was really special, and that too in my last game. Also beating Afghanistan for the first time was special,” Masakadza said after the game, which was Zimbabwe’s last in the tri-series in Bangladesh.Masakadza, who played 38 Tests, 209 ODIs and 66 T20Is for Zimbabwe since making his debut in 2001, got a couple of guard of honours during the match from his teammates and the opposition when he came out to bat. He was also presented with mementos after the game.”It was a special feeling going through that guard of honour that the guys put up for me. I just got a lot of emotions going but, obviously, in the end, I am happy that I have pretty much done what the team needed from me, to get them into a good position to challenge Afghanistan for the win. I am very satisfied today.”I started tearing a little bit in the morning, trying to get through the team talk with the boys. I am not someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, but I think this is the one thing that brought a few emotions out of me. Even when I tried to tell the guys and the team before I made the official announcement, I barely got through three sentences, so it’s been a really emotional time for me,” Masakadza said.advertisementThe 36-year-old amassed 2223 runs in the longest format at an average of over 30 while in the 50-over game he made 5658 runs at 27.73. In both formats he hit five centuries each. He bows out as the leading run-scorer for his country in the shortest format with 1662 runs in T20Is.”I have been going through a lot of emotions today, but regret is not among them. I am looking at [retirement] not really too much as a door closing for me, but as a door opening for someone else to come. We have got a lot of exciting guys to come through, especially for that opening spot. There is experience still around the team, and I am really confident that someone would put their hands up and grab their chances,” Masakadza said.Also Read | Hamilton Masakadza’s record-setting swansong helps Zimbabwe end Afghanistan’s T20I streakFor 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 Hamilton MasakadzaFollow Afghanistan vs Zimbabwelast_img read more