1st ODI: Mandhana, spinners lead India women’s nine-wicket rout of New Zealand
Smriti Mandha struck her fourth ODI century. (Image: BCCI Twitter)

A clinical performance saw India women trounce New Zealand by nine wickets in the first ODI at the McLean Park in Napier on Thursday. Roughly 24 hours after the men’s team registered a comprehensive eight-wicket win, India women followed the same pattern with spinners Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav first restricting New Zealand to 192, followed by opener Smriti Mandhana’s fourth one-day century which helped India women chase down the target. (ALSO READ: Mandhana’s form gives us a lot of confidence: Mithali)

Mandhana was assisted by a career-best unbeaten 81 from young Jemimah Rodrigues as the two led India’s charge with a stand of 190 before the left-hander fell to Amelia Kerr. Deepti Sharma, the new batter in, would end up not facing a single delivery as Rodrigues knocked off a double, which was followed by a wide, awarding India the match. Mandhana and Rodrigues’ partnership was the fourth-highest opening stand in ODIs, setting the base for India’s 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mandhana and Rodrigues’s association was a spotless one. They took India to 75/0 in 12 overs after which both batters reached their respective half-centuries – Mandhana’s off 43 balls and Rodrigues getting there off her 61st delivery. Mandhana’s 105 was studded with nine boundaries and three sixes, while Rodrigues struck nine fours herself en route to her maiden ODI fifty. Mandhana departed in the 33rd over with India three runs away as victory was achieved three balls later.

New Zealand women seemed towards heading towards a strong total after their opening pair of Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine had put on 61 runs inside 15 overs. However, their progress was derailed by spinner Bisht and Yadav, who shared six wickets between themselves to run through the New Zealand middle order. It was Deepti Sharma however, who sent back the openers. She ran Devine out, and three overs later, dismissed Bates. And once Yadav came into the attack, New Zealand could not recover.

She snuffed out Lauren Down for a duck, after which skipper Amy Sattherwaite and Kerr tried to restore order with a 49-run stand for the fourth wicket. But once both fell in quick succession to Yadav, the rest of the batting was disappointing. Hannah Rowe tried her bit with 25 off 36 but Bisht and Yadav prevented New Zealand from regaining any momentum and went through the lower order. Shikha Pandey dismissed Holly Huddleston for the final wicket as New Zealand were dismissed inside 50 overs.

Brief scores: India 193/1 in 33 overs (Smriti Mandhana 105, Jemimah Rodrigues 81*; Amelia Kerr 1-33) beat New Zealand 192 in 48.4 overs (Suzie Bates 36, Amy Satterthwaite 31; Ekta Bisht 3-32, Poonam Yadav 3-42) by nine wickets.