Bowlers, Kamini help India seal series
India Women 121 for 1 (Kamini 62*, Sharma 44*) beat New Zealand Women 118 (Bates 42*, Gayakwad 2-15, Goswami 2-17) by nine wickets
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A collective bowling performance, followed by Thirush Kamini's unbeaten 62, led India women to a nine-wicket win to complete a 3-2 series victory in the final ODI against New Zealand women in Bangalore.
Having opted to bat, New Zealand were reduced to 12 for 2 in five overs. Rachel Priest was run out for a duck without facing a ball before Jhulan Goswami had Amy Satterthwaite nicking behind for 5 off 14 balls. Suzie Bates (42) and Sophie Devine (18) mounted a brief fight with a 49-run partnership but New Zealand lost their last eight wickets for 57 runs, folding for 118 in 41 overs.
Anna Peterson (22), coming in at No. 8, was the only other batsman to have moved into double figures. Goswami, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad and seamer Deepti Sharma took two wickets each while Ekta Bisht and Harmanpreet Kaur pitched in with a wicket apiece to jolt the visitors.
Even though opener Smriti Mandhana fell by the third over, Kamini underpinned a steady chase with 62 off 78 balls, including 13 fours. Sharma also sparkled with the bat, making 44 off 78 balls in an unbroken 103-run stand, as India sealed the match and the series in 27.2 overs.
Despite taking the series, India were still at the bottom of the ICC Women's Championship points table with only two wins in nine matches.