All-round Devine help White Ferns' take the series 3-0

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All-round Devine help White Ferns' take the series 3-0

10 Feb 2019 030 Views Yash Mittal

Sophie Devine's all-around effort consigned the Women in Blue to a 3-0 series whitewash as the White Ferns' successfully defended 7-161 despite Mandhana's whirlwind innings of 86 [62].

Batting first, the White Ferns' got off to a good start with Sophie Devine [72] and Suzie Bates [24] putting 46 runs in the first powerplay before Arundhati Reddy got rid of Bates. Hanna Rowe was accounted for by Poonam Yadav [1-36] but Devine and Satterthwaite [31] consolidated the innings with a 71-run stand for the third wicket.

But Mansi Joshi knocked over Devine at a crucial stage to trigger a collapse as the hosts' lost 5-21 in the last 3.2 overs to set India a target of 162.

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As has been the case throughout the series, India got off to a rollicking start courtsey Smriti Mandhana [86] and Jemimah Rodrigues [21] as the duo brought up the teams' 100 in just 12 overs.

But, Sophie Devine dealt a decisive blow to India's fortunes when she prized out Smriti Mandhana in the 17th over. Mithali Raj, who was included in the side to bolster the fledgling middle-order stayed unbeaten in the end along with Deepti Sharma, who scored two boundaries in the last over but failed to get the side over the line underlining yet another opportunity squandered under pressure.

Devine was adjudged both 'Player of the Match' for her all-round performance to go along with the 'Player of the Series'.

Brief Score-

White Ferns' [7-161, Sophie Devine 72, Deepti Sharma 2-28] beat India [4-159, Smriti Mandhana 86, Sophie Devine 2-21] by 2 runs.

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Sports Writer

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