Indian eves crush NZ to win series, BCCI awards Rs 21 lakh
Bengaluru: Indian women produced a clinical performance to crush New Zealand by nine wickets in the fifth and final one day international cricket match and winning the series by 3-2 margin.
The win also brought another piece of good news as BCCI announced a cash award of Rs 21 lakh for the team as they fought back valiantly from being 1-2 down to win the series.
The final match turned out to be an anti-climax of sorts with New Zealand being shot out for 118 in 41 overs as seven of their batsmen failed to reach double digits.
Suzie Bates top-scored with 42 while left-arm spinner Rajeswari Gayekwad had the best figures of 2/15. Jhulan Goswami with 2/17 was economical as ever while Deepti Sharma took 2 for 22.
In reply, India surpassed the target in 27.2 overs with DT Thirushkamini scoring 62 off 78 balls with 13 boundaries.
Deepti showed her all-round prowess scoring an unbeaten 44 off 78 balls with 8 boundaries.
BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya said: “Congratulations to our skipper Mithali Raj on leading the team with distinction and registering a series win against the New Zealand. Team has shown remarkable character to come back from 1-2 to and win the series. BCCI would like to announce a reward of Rs 21 lakh for the team.”
Secretary Anurag Thakur stated,”On behalf of BCCI, I would like to congratulate the team on the series win. It was a dominant performance today and they deserve all the accolades.”
“This five-match ODI series proved to be competitive and was a wonderful showcase for the skill and class of women’s cricket. It augurs well for the future. I would also wish to congratulate Mithali for reaching yet another milestone in her illustrious career of crossing 5000 runs. Well done once again for a stellar performance,” he added.
New Zealand 118 in 41 overs
(Suzie Bates 42, Rajeshwari Gayekwad 2/15, Jhulan Goswami 2/17)
India 121/1 in 27.2 overs
(Thirushkamini 62 no, Deepti Sharma 44 no). India won by 9 wickets.
India win series 3-2.