Big win puts New Zealand 2-1 up on India

Suzie Bates batting for New Zealand
Suzie Bates scored a half-century to set up New Zealand's win
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New Zealand Women 186-4 (Priest 64) beat
India Women 182-9 (Krishnamurthy 63) by six wickets
Third One-Day International, Bangalore

Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest put on a 125-run opening partnership to put New Zealand Women on course for a six-wicket win over India Women in the third One-Day International in Bangalore.

ICC Women's Championship standings

Played Points NRR
1 Australia 6 12 +0.952
2 South Africa 9 11 +0.097
3 West Indies 9 10 +0.382
4 Pakistan 9 8 -0.145
5 New Zealand 9 8 -0.509
6 England 6 7 +0.308
7 Sri Lanka 9 5 -0.232
8 India 9 5 -0.286

Their assured pursuit of a victory target of 183 put them 2-1 up in the five-match series and moved them up the ICC Women's Championship table, joining Pakistan Women on eight points in fourth place and leapfrogging England and Sri Lanka in the process.

Veda Krishnamurthy top scored for India with 63 as they made 182 for nine with Sophie Devine taking three wickets for the tourists.

Bates then struck 59 in 87 balls and Priest 64 in 101 to lay the foundations for New Zealand's win, which was duly completed in 45.4 overs.

India won the toss and chose to bat but early inroads from New Zealand's Devine, who removed Smriti Mandhana for eight, MD Thirush Kamini for four and Mithali Raj for 30, set them back.

Krishnamurthy's 63 in 86 balls helped them recover and they closed on 182 for nine with Bates, Leight Kasperek and Georgia Guy all taking a wicket apiece.

Bates then struck seven fours and Priest seven fours and one six as they put on 125 in 30.4 overs to put New Zealand in a commanding position.

Both fell with the score on 125 and there were further wickets for India as Maddie Green (14) and Devine (17) fell but thanks to Amy Satterthwaite's 22 not out, victory was sealed with more than four overs to spare with Katie Perkins unbeaten on four.

The fourth ODI is on Monday 6th July. India won the opening match in the series by 17 runs before New Zealand won the second match by three wickets.

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