The Indian women’s cricket team has clinched the one day series against New Zealand with a 3-2 score and an amazing win of nine wickets in the final match.
The Indian women cricket team defeated New Zealand by nine wickets in the fifth and final one day international match and bagged the series with a 3-2 score.
The amazing victory was also followed by a cash prize of Rs. 21 lakhs announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) for the team.
Though initially the game was not in India’s favour, as the team was at 1-2, but the girls fought back and finally clinched the trophy.
In the final match, the New Zealand team was sent to the pavilion at a total score of 118 as seven of their team members left the pitch with single-digit scores.
Indian bowlers showed great consistency in the match which was crucial for the win. Left-arm spinner Rajeswari Gayekwad took two wickets while giving away 15 runs. Jhulan Goswami and Deepti Sharma took two wickets each too.
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said in a press statement: “Congratulations to our skipper Mithali Raj on leading the team with distinction and registering a series win against New Zealand. The 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.”
While the Kiwi team was all out in 41 overs, the Indian girls reached the target in just 27.2 overs, with DT Thirushkamini scoring 62 off 78 balls with 13 boundaries.
Sharma, who had taken two wickets for the team, performed well on the batting field too. She scored an unbeaten 44 off 78 balls with eight boundaries.
“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,” BCCI Hon. Secretary Anurag Thakur said.
Indian skipper Mithali also achieved a milestone in her career by crossing 5,000 runs. Congratulations to the team for an amazing fight and a great victory.