India win low-scorer to end on a high note

India Women celebrate a wicket
India Women beat New Zealand Women by three wickets in the third and final T20I in Bangalore
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India Women 128-7 (Krishnamurthy 34) beat
New Zealand Women 126-8 by three wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Bangalore

India Women beat New Zealand Women by three wickets in a low-scoring third and final Twenty20 International in Bangalore to end the series on a high note after losing the first two games.

As has been the pattern throughout the three-match series, the side batting second prevailed, India needing 19 overs to reach 128 for seven in reply to New Zealand's 126 for eight.

Suzie Bates top scored for New Zealand with 34 as Shivanand Rajeshwari took three wickets while in reply, Veda Krishnamurthy matched Bates' score to be India's top performer.

Sophie Devine, Leigh Kasperek and Kate Broadmore all took two wickets for the tourisst, but to no avail.

Bates hit five fours in her innings as she and fellow top-order players Rachel Priest (14), Sophie Devine (18) and Natalie Dodd (14) all made starts.

Rajeshwari dismissed Devine and Dodd as well as Maddie Green for 10 later on to stall New Zealand's innings.

Ekta Bisht (2-23) and Poonam Yadav (2-16) were the other wicket-takers.

India then lost Smriti Mandhana (5) early but through Vellaswamy Vanitha, who hit 28 in 22 balls, were able to make good progress.

New Zealand struck to reduce them from 50 for one to 100 for five but after Krishnamurthy's innings of 34 in 19 balls was ended by Devine, Anuja Patil struck a vital 22 to take India close.

There was still time for her to fall to Devine and Jhulan Goswami (8) to lose her wicket to Kasperek but India clinched victory with an over to spare thanks to Sushma Verma (5 not out) and Bisht (2 not out).

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