New Zealand clinch T20 series win

Rachel Priest hits out
Rachel Priest hit 60 to put New Zealand on course for victory
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New Zealand Women 139-4 (Priest 60) beat
India Women 136-6 by six wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Bangalore

New Zealand Women moved into an unassailable 2-0 series lead over India Women with a six-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International in Bangalore after a solid all-round performance.

Sophie Devine, fresh from her record-breaking exploits with the bat in the first game, took two wickets as India were restricted to 136 for six batting first.

Rachel Priest then scored 60 in 34 balls to set New Zealand on course for victory and they reached their target in 17.5 overs.

Vellaswamy Vanitha top scored for India with 41 while Harmanpreet Kaur (30) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) also made useful contributions.

Devine returned two for 21, Kate Broadmore one for 23 and Hannah Rowe one for 10 for the White Ferns.

Suzie Bates returned to the side after recovering from a stomach bug but lasted just two balls before she was caught by Vanitha off Jhulan Goswami (2-29) without scoring.

Devine cracked a quickfire 14 in seven balls before falling caught and bowled to Goswami before Priest, who hit 10 fours and a brace of sixes, then added 71 for the third wicket with Leigh Kasperek (15).

Both fell within four balls of each other but they were far enough of the required run-rate to enable Amy Satterthwaite (24 not out in 23 balls) and Katie Perkins (23 not out in 23) to guide them home with plenty of time to spare.

The final match in the series is on Wednesday 15th July.

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