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