Whatever I seemed to hit came off today - Devine

Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine smashed an 18-ball half-century as New Zealand Women beat India Women in Bangalore
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Sophie Devine could not have hoped for a better day after she stepped in to captain New Zealand Women against India, scored an 18-ball half-century and led the team to an eight-wicket win in the first Twenty20 International.

With Bates nursing a stomach bug, Devine took the helm for the second time in her career and got off to a good start, winning the toss in Bangalore.

She took a wicket as India were bowled out for 125 but she then almost single-handedly won the game with the bat.

Needing just 18 balls - a women's record - to reach a half-century, she blasted 70 in 22 balls to steer her side close to victory.

"It was my day today, whatever I seemed to hit seemed to come off," she said in her post-match press conference.

"They probably don't come around too often. If it's your day you've got to make the most of it and today I did."

She added that she was unaware of the record at the time as she was completely focussed on the game.

"At the time, you're not thinking about records and things, the most important thing is that we got the win which is a big thing for us, especially after being pipped in the one-day series."

India came from 2-1 down to win the One-Day International series 3-2 and Devine revealed that following that series, the White Ferns are making a conscious effort to play a more aggressive brand of cricket, epitomised by her display which included five fours and eight sixes.

"We have been a little bit in our shells during the one-day stuff.

"We want to make sure we are playing an aggressive style of cricket, whether it's in New Zealand, India, England, wherever.

"It's also great to have the experience of playing in India. I think we're the only team that gets to play here before the T20 World Cup next year."

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