Mand­hana 86 in vain, NZ sweep series

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Press Trust of In­dia

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

from 20 balls af­ter com­ing to bat at the fall of Har­man­preet Kaur (2). But she failed to hit a four from the fi­nal de­liv­ery bowled by Leigh Kasperek as In­dia lost the match by two runs. In­dia needed 16 runs from the fi­nal over and Raj and Deepti Sharma (21 not out) raised hopes of a re­mark­able win by hit­ting bound­aries in

the first and third de­liv­er­ies but were left to hit a four off the last ball. Cap­tain Har­man­preet Kaur said she was dis­ap­pointed at the re­sult and the 0-3 series de­feat. BRIEF SCORES New Zealand 161/7 (S Devine 72, A Sat­terth­waite 31, D Sharma 2/28); In­dia 159/4 (S Mand­hana 86, S Devine 2/21)

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Amelia Kerr cel­e­brates af­ter dis­miss­ing Har­man­preet Kaur.

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