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Mithali Raj guides India to eight-wicket win

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj, who scored an unbeaten half-century to guide India to victory over New Zealand
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India Women 221-2 (Raj 87no, Mandhana 66) beat
New Zealand Women 220 (Devine 89) by eight wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Bangalore

Mithali Raj played a captain's innings to lead India Women to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand women in the fourth One-Day International in Bangalore as they successfully chased down a target of 221.

She was unbeaten on 81 in 87 balls as India levelled the five-match series 2-2 to set up a decider after New Zealand had earlier been bowled out for 220.

Sophie Devine top scored for New Zealand with 89 in 102 balls with Amy Satterthwaite's 43 the next best score.

Devine struck 10 fours and three sixes before three wickets apiece Niranjana Nagarajan and Shivanand Rajeshwari saw the tourists dismissed with one ball unused.

Suzie Bates (27), Maddie Green (14) and Anna Peterson (14) also made starts and there were also wickets for Jhulan Goswami (1-31), Poonam Yadav (1-49) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-23).

Twice New Zealand lost two wickets for the same score, when Katie Perkins (8) and Leigh Kasperek (0) were dismissed by Rajeshwari and then when Peterson and Lea Tahuhu (0) fell to Nagarajan.

In reply, India laid the foundations with a 49-run opening stand between MD Thirush Kamini, who made 31, and Smriti Mandhana, who hit 66 in 100 balls.

After Thirush Kamini was caught by Green off Satterthwaite, Mandhana and Raj took India to 173 for two with a partnership worth 124 for the second wicket which completely swung the match in the home side's favour.

Mandhana fell when she was caught by Perkins off Peterson but Kaur helped Raj finish off the game by smacking 32 not out in 25 balls, India reaching their target in 44.2 overs.

The decisive final game is on Wednesday 8th July.

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