Mand­hana knock in vain, NZ win series

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Press Trust of In­dia sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­

HAMIL­TON: The In­dian women’s team al­most pulled off a dra­matic win but failed to score a bound­ary in the fi­nal de­liv­ery to lose the third and fi­nal T20 In­ter­na­tional against New Zealand by two runs here on Sun­day.

Chas­ing 162 for a win, star open­ing bat­ter Sm­riti Mand­hana took the In­dian team on course for a con­so­la­tion win with a ca­reer-best knock of 86 from 52 balls but the vis­it­ing side failed to build on her scin­til­lat­ing knock to end at 159 for 4.

With the three-match series al­ready lost af­ter de­feats in the first and sec­ond T20s, In­dia sur­pris­ingly named se­nior player Mithali Raj in the play­ing eleven and she con­trib­uted 24 not out Score

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