RESULT
4th ODI, Queenstown, February 22, 2022, India Women tour of New Zealand
(20/20 ov) 191/5
(17.5/20 ov, T:192) 128

NZ Women won by 63 runs

Player Of The Match
68* (33), 3/30 & 2 catches
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And so, four games of the five-ODI series are over. One more to go before we bring down curtains to the tour and inch closer to the Women's World Cup, which is just over a week away. Bowling seems to be India's concern at the moment while New Zealand would be happy to see the entire contingent up and firing. For now, we take your leave. It was a pleasure bringing you the coverage of all these games and wish to have your company one more time on Thursday. See you then as a I, S. Sudarshanan, bid goodbye on behalf of Srivathsa and our scorer, Vairavan. Himanshu's match report should be up here. Take care, and catch you soon!

7pm What a day we have had! For most parts of the day, it seemed as if it would be tough to get a game because of the rain and forecast for the day. But the ground staff did a terrific job to get the outfield ready. Devine and Bates then showed how good the conditions were for strokeplay, especially against seamers. Amelia Kerr just carried it up a notch, putting on an exhibition with the bat.

While Gayakwad and Rana did well to limit the damage, 192 was a daunting task and it was more so after India lost quick wickets at the top. Ghosh, though, provided ample entertainment during her 77-run stand with Raj. India's hopes rose a trickle at that point. However, once she fell, it was only a matter of time. The Indian management won't be pleased to see the meek batting surrender, though.

Srividhya: "Amelia Kerr seem to tell that she cannot be kept out of the game for long. A good bowling performance after a ruthless batting display. Truly she is the Ashley Gardner or Natalie Sciver for NZ. What a player."

Bala: "A tame end to a match, the decision of which was delayed by one significant partnership between Richa and Mithali. Indian batters fell in heaps like a pack of cards at the top and at the bottom after the Richa-Mithali partnership. The result was predictable from the start but India could not display enough except for one telling knock from Richa Ghosh."

Time for the presentation:

Amelia Kerr, the Player of the Match: Probably woke up this morning, looked at the rain and wondered if we would get going. Sophie and Amy got us going and then it was just fun. I am training as hard as in a game situation in the lead up. Great to get four wins against a quality side. To have belief and confidence in our batting is massive heading into the World Cup.

India captain Mithali Raj: Definitely have been trying a few combinations with the seam and spin attack. Bowling attack is a concern going into the World Cup. We are adapting to the conditions and to the open ground and the breeze. We have not been very consistent in our bowling spells. I was just looking at Richa's shots and she is a talented and exciting player for the future for India.

New Zealand captain, Sophie Devine: It was another complete performance from us. We showed good intent. There are times we have been a bit slow in changing our plans with the ball. I have certainly had belief in this group forever. The way these girls have trained over the last two years, the results hadn't gone our way but good to see that change.

6:46pm: A comprehensive win for New Zealand! Posted a tall score first up, thanks to a masterclass by Amelia Kerr, scoring 68 not out off just 33 balls. Her appetite wasn't satiated with that as she returned with three wickets with the ball to dismiss India.

17.5
W
Amelia Kerr to Gayakwad, OUT

That's that! Amelia Kerr did it with the bat earlier, now knocks the last wicket to finish with three. Tossed up on middle, Gayakwad went for the heave across the line but missed. Bowled. New Zealand win by 63 runs to lead the series 4-0.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad b Kerr 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 2m) SR: 133.33
17.4
4
Amelia Kerr to Gayakwad, FOUR runs

Half a chance! Short ball on the pads. Gayakwad goes back to heave it, gets it jusst over Satterthwaite at leg slip.

17.3
Amelia Kerr to Gayakwad, no run

Dug out! It was too full and outside off, Gayakwad digs it out towards point.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad. To face the hat-trick ball. A swarm of fielders surround the batter now. Here we go...

17.2
W
Amelia Kerr to Renuka Singh, OUT

Beauty! Wrong'un is the right one for Amelia Kerr. Lands outside off on a length, Thakur had no clue about which way it will turn. Presents a straight bat in defense but leaves a huge gap between pad and bat. The ball sneaks through to hit the off stump.

Renuka Singh b Kerr 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0

First look at Renuka Singh Thakur with the bat.

17.1
W
Amelia Kerr to Sharma, OUT

Amelia Kerr gets on the board with the ball now. Full ball on leg, above Sharma's eyeline. She exposed her stumps by moving to the off and went for the sweep. Missed it completely and is bowled. The end is nigh.

Deepti Sharma b Kerr 9 (9b 0x4 0x6 20m) SR: 100

Meghna Singh with the bat next.

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
IND-W: 124/7CRR: 7.29 RRR: 23.00 • Need 69 runs from 18b
Deepti Sharma9 (8b)
Frances Mackay 3-0-22-2
Amelia Kerr 3-0-26-0
16.6
W
Mackay to Rana, OUT

Simple as they come. On a full length, more flight on that delivery on off. Rana went for the sweep but got a top edge. Easy catch for short fine leg.

Sneh Rana c Mair b Mackay 9 (14b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 64.28
16.5
1lb
Mackay to Sharma, 1 leg bye

A run-out chance missed! Flighted ball outside off, Sharma misses the sweep and gets it off her back leg to the off side. A stifled appeal from Mackay followed as Sharma charged to the other end. A shy at the bowler's end missed, Sharma would have been a goner had that hit.

16.4
1
Mackay to Rana, 1 run

Flatter on off, slapped off the back foot to covers for a quick run.

16.3
2
Mackay to Rana, 2 runs

Flatter and quicker outside off, Rana cuts it off the wicketekeeper's gloves for two more.

16.2
1
Mackay to Sharma, 1 run

Flighted on off, Sharma sweeps the low full toss through square leg.

16.1
2
Mackay to Sharma, 2 runs

Floated outside off from around the stumps, Deepti goes deep in the crease and guides it past short third for a couple.

Third over for Mackay.

end of over 165 runs
IND-W: 117/6CRR: 7.31 RRR: 19.00 • Need 76 runs from 24b
Sneh Rana6 (11b)
Deepti Sharma6 (5b)
Amelia Kerr 3-0-26-0
Rosemary Mair 3-0-27-0
15.6
Amelia Kerr to Rana, no run

Fired in on off, Rana chops it to point for none.

15.5
2
Amelia Kerr to Rana, 2 runs

Quicker and on the pads, Rana gets inside the line and clips it to short fine leg. A misfield and they get two.

15.4
1
Amelia Kerr to Sharma, 1 run

Shorter in length, Deepti pulls it through square leg for one.

15.3
1
Amelia Kerr to Rana, 1 run

Rana goes back and cuts it in front of point on the off side for one.

15.2
Amelia Kerr to Rana, no run

Stumping chance missed! Rana charged down to go downtown to the loopy ball. Missed it completely. Martin couldn't collect it cleanly.

15.1
Amelia Kerr to Rana, no run

Flatter on off, chopped away to the off side off the back foot.

15.1
1w
Amelia Kerr to Rana, 1 wide

Flatter down the leg side, Rana gets inside the line and misses the flick.

Amelia Kerr back.

end of over 156 runs
IND-W: 112/6CRR: 7.46 RRR: 16.20 • Need 81 runs from 30b
Sneh Rana3 (6b)
Deepti Sharma5 (4b)
Rosemary Mair 3-0-27-0
Jess Kerr 3-0-11-2
14.6
1
Mair to Rana, 1 run

Short ball, pulled through backward-square leg for one.

Jay: "Pleasantly surprised by India's intent and approach after the fall of first 4 wickets. This is definitely not India's XI for the WC (referred to as experiment by Mithali and co). Hope they ticked more boxes as the series progressed and work on the ones they missed."

14.5
Mair to Rana, no run

Short and outside off, Rana misses the cut.

 
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