New Zealand hit back with three-wicket win

New Zealand beat India Women by three wickets to level their five-match series at 1-1
New Zealand beat India Women by three wickets to level their five-match series at 1-1
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New Zealand Women 164-7 (Devine 33) beat
India Women 163 (Thirush Kamini 61) by three wickets
Second One-Day International, Bangalore

New Zealand Women bounced back from defeat in the first One-Day International to beat India Women by three wickets in the second match in Bangalore and level their five-match series.

After India were bowled out for 163 in 49.3 overs, New Zealand reached their target in 44.2 overs to move back ahead of their opponents in the ICC Women's Championship standings into seventh place.

MD Thirush Kamini top scored for India with 61, Suzie Bates taking three for 21 for the tourists before 33 from Sophie Devine helped the White Ferns get home.

Thirush Kamini hit 11 fours and a six during her 96 balls but aside from Harmanpreet Kaur's 31, the Indians struggled to push on after making starts.

Smriti Mandhana (12), Mithali Raj (13) and Ekta Bisht (18 not out) were the only others to reach double figures.

Lea Tahuhu (2-29), Leigh Kasperek (2-22), Devine (1-30) and Morne Nielsen (1-35) were the other wicket-takers.

Bates then fell for one as New Zealand stuttered in reply before Rachel Priest (21) and Amy Satterthwaite (23) got them back on track.

Maddie Green fell to Shivanand Rajeshwari for a golden duck but thanks to Devine's 33 and Katie Perkins' 30 they continued to make progress towards the total.

India hit back with Bisht, like Rajeshwari, taking two wickets, and at 132 for seven, New Zealand looked like they might be heading for a second straight defeat.

However, Kasperek hit an unbeaten 17 and Anna Peterson 23 not out in 22 balls to seal the victory.

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