full-toss outside off, driven to extra-cover for a single and New Zealand win by 18 runs
That brings an end to proceedings for today. We have the 5-match ODI series starting between the two teams on the same ground on Saturday. We will be there to bring you all the action. Till then on behalf of Ranjith, our scorer, signing off from here. Stay safe and take care. See you soon. Ta, ta!
Devine gets the trophy and her team joins in to pose for the photos. Lots of smiles and happy faces.
Bharath: "Come on guys. NZ is tough terrain. Even men's team struggles to win in NZ. With Smriti not in team, it's good they competed to this extent. Having said that, I don't mind giving captaincy to young hands of Smriti"
Nandhana: "See, as I mentioned, the difference was just 18 runs. The difference between the 2 teams was just 3 6s, which clearly shouts- POWER HITTER PLS"
Derrick: "Loving having cricket on screen while I'm at work - and great to see the Kiwi ladies doing the business ahead of the WCWC! Bring it on!"
Devine: It's awesome to lift the cup. It's been a while since we have won a series. It's the blueprint of how we want to play T20 cricket. To get over 150 was a great score for us. With the ball to execute clear plans was really good. It's about changing focus for the ODIs, for me not much changes, really pleased with the performance today, but we know that the real work starts now.
Harmanpreet: We were in the game when we were bowling but unfortunately the last few overs didn't go well for us. Even in batting we did not have partnerships but we have learnt a lot from this match and hope we will improve ourselves in the upcoming matches. When we are playing in one venue, we can learn a lot. Playing in the same venue will definitely help us.
Tahuhu: Not surprising for me, little bit surprising for everyone else, it's a bit of a plan we have talked about doing in the Super Smash and we thought of giving it a go here as well. I think it's a really good way to kick off what will be a really big couple of months for us. To get a win is really important for this group and really chuffed that we could get over the line.
Lea Tahuhu is the Player of the Match for her quickfire 27 and the wicket of Meghana.
4pm: Comfortable win for New Zealand in this one-off T20I. The Kerr sisters doing the damage with the ball and no-one from the Indian camp dug in for a long innings. Amelia Kerr got the openers in one over when it looked like they were going to launch and then Jess got the Indian captain out with a beauty. Meghana showed her talent with the bat but India were always behind the rate as Devine rotated her bowlers around. Everyone amongst the wickets except for Rowe and they finished the job by restricting India and taking wickets at regular intervals. Hang on for the presentation.
swing and a miss, the off-cutter from Jess Kerr beats the swing of the batter to leg and clips the bails
Simran comes down and takes it on the full, slices it over Bates' head at mid-off
direct-hit from Bates at mid-off and Deepti was gone, Jess Kerr can't collect the throw and break the stumps either, which would've got Deepti too. Driven to mid-off and there was never a single there
slower ball outside off, Simran carves to the sweeper on the off-side
Four to start the last over. Full-toss from round the wicket, Simran gets across and paddles it to the deep backward square fence
Sachin Gulmadag: "Perhaps Harmanpreet should do what Kohli did. Give up captaincy and carry on a strong and experienced batter"
Simran comes down and slices the slower ball to sweeper
slower one outside the line on the off-side
Nandhana: "It's really unfair to judge her captaincy with such less matches happening round the year. As a captain, she has her bowling rotation, field placements on point. What's the issue here? - Its mainly India's batting line up. We have the capacity to remain not bowled out, but can't surge to scores of 130-150. Lack of power hitters! again!"
good length on off, defended to cover-point
top-edge on the swing to leg and the bowler can't get there in time, she ran towards mid-wicket but the ball falls out of her grasp
HMody: "@abhijeet I'm a big fan of Harman Preet. Though, there comes a time when we have to go back to basics. Like everyone else, she got to defend her spot. I'll be the first here cheering for her as soon as she gets her form back. Look at Kohli per se. Once you are a leader, always a leader. "
down leg and again Martin moves across to stop
Kunal: "@Bala, she's consistently scored 30s and that's what you need from your No. 5 usually at a good pace. Look at her scores in the Hundred and the WBBL and you'll see how she plays when given some support."
the sunglasses may have been broken but Bates hangs on backpedalling from mid-off. Slower off-cutter is lofted in the air and Bates is inside the ring, moves back and tumbles after taking the catch two-handed over her head. The glasses fall and a piece flies off
good length angled in, swatted to deep mid-wicket
slips it down leg
Jensen round the wicket to the leftie
one-handed blinder down to her left from Martin. Sliding down and Rana sweeps but gloves it, goes low and Martin with great anticipation and skill holds on
Jigar: "The way Harmanpreet played in BBL proves that it is time for India to look beyond Harmanpreet - not the player but the captain. She is dangerous with bat and handy with ball too. May be in building the team she is not able to focus on her game."
sliding down, lapped off an inside-edge onto pad
Nandhana: "Harmanpreet has been the best player for India. Her records speak folds. She is a team player, who needs team support, which isn't being offered. One of the main reasons why she top classes at The Hundred "
Vastrakar takes it on the full and finds extra-cover, tight single made
this time she drives and finds extra-cover
Sriram: "The cliche goes 'they were rusty'. Have to give the benefit coz this team has hardly played together for a while. Still some positives. Hoepfully they will find the rhythm in ODIs"
drilled wide of mid-off. Vastrakar down the track and to the pitch before slamming it into the gap
Rana shuffles across and flicks, the leading-edge just falls wide of the chasing bowler
abhijeet: "@Bala, Harmanpreet is senior and experience player. i think team should have one experience player who is capable to change the game and situation. "
|John Davies Oval, Queenstown|
|Toss||India Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1026|
|Match days||9 February 2022 - day (20-over match)|