Women' T20 WC: New Zealand requires 134 to win against India
Melbourne: New Zealand have restricted India to a score of 133 in the Group A game at the Junction Oval stadium in the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup on Thursday. After 20 overs, India scored 133 for the loss of 8 wickets.
India failed to captilize on the good start provided by Shafali Verma along with Taniya Bhatia early in the innings. Shafali's innings anchored the team's first innings before she was dismissed by Amelia Kerr. At one stage India were 68 for the loss of 32 wickets, howver everything went downhill after the dismissal of Taniya Bhatia in the 10th over.
Amelia Kerr was the pick of the bowlers after she picked up two important wickets while giving away only 21 runs in her four overs.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine won the toss and elected to field.
"We are going to bowl first. It's a fresh wicket, we would like to make most of the conditions. We have made a couple of changes. I thought Sri Lanka put us under the pump early on and that's we got to be on the money against India. It's about sticking to your strengths and not get carried away. I am hoping to continue my form," said Devine after winning the toss.
India have made two changes to their playing XI which featured against Bangladesh. Smriti Mandhana and Radha Yadav have been brought in place for Arundhati Reddy and Richa Ghosh.
"We wanted to bat first only. We have two changes today. Smriti and Radha come in for Arundhati and Richa. We are doing well in patches and we need to do well in batting. We will try to give our best today. I did struggle in the last two games but will give my best in this game," said India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
(With IANS inputs)