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Sophie Devine smashes New Zealand to victory

All smiles for New Zealand as they thumped India in the first Twenty20 International in Bangalore
All smiles for New Zealand as they thumped India in the first Twenty20 International in Bangalore
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New Zealand Women 126-2 (Devine 70) beat
India Women 125 (Broadmore 3-16) by eight wickets
First Twenty20 International, Bangalore

Sophie Devine smashed a record 18-ball half-century in an innings of 70 in 22 balls to hurry New Zealand Women to an eight-wicket win over India Women in the first Twenty20 International in Bangalore.

She cracked five fours and eight sixes during her record-breaking innings, during she scored at a strike-rate of 318.88, quicker even than Deandra Dottin's landmark century against South Africa in 2010.

It meant that New Zealand romped past a victory target of 126 in just 12.3 overs after India were bowled out for 125 in 19.5 overs.

Devine, standing in for Suzie Bates as captain, won the toss, chose to field and after India, thanks to Mithali Raj's 35 in 23 balls, made a good start, New Zealand soon got among the wickets.

Morna Nielsen started things off with three for 30 and Raj's run out, by Natalie Dodd, precipitated India going from 60 for two to 125 all out.

Kate Broadmore emerged as the pick of the bowlers with three for 16, dismissing Harmanpreet Kaur (15), Sneh Rana (16) and Sushma Verma (12) while Devine (1-18) and Leigh Kasperek (2-18) also took wickets.

Jhulan Goswami had Rachel Priest caught by Verma for two as New Zealand started slowly but after that hiccup, there was no stopping them as Devine tore into the Indian bowlers.

Her assault was ended in just the sixth over when she was caught by Rana off Shivanand Rajeshwari but she and Amy Satterthwaite (39 not out) had already moved the score on to 91 and the game was as good as over.

Satterthwaite then guided the White Ferns into a 1-0 series lead with two games to play alongside Kasperek, who was unbeaten on 11.

The second game is on Monday 13th July.

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