Girls suf­fer white­wash de­spite Sm­riti show

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

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 a mere two runs here on Sun­day. Chas­ing 162 for a win, star open­ing batswoman 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 their in­nings at 159 for 4.

With the three-match se­ries al­ready lost af­ter de­feats in the first and sec­ond T20Is, Sm­riti Mand­hana 192/2 SPIN­NING IT THEIR WAY: West Indies In­dia sur­pris­ing 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 cap­tain Har­man­preet Kaur (2).

But she failed to hit a four from the fi­nal Mum­bai 31-3-2016 New Zealand have clinched both the T20I se­ries against In­dia at home — 2-0 in 2008-09 and 2-1 in 2018-19

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