After another strong performance in Mumbai, the hosts won the series with two games to spare.
On Thursday, India’s Under-19 women’s team defeated the New Zealand development team by 30 runs in the third Twenty20 to win the five-match series 3-0 at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s ground in Bandra Kurla Complex.
Shweta Sehrawat and co. put in another strong performance after winning the first two matches by 110 runs and seven wickets. Respectively, to win the series with two matches remaining. The hosts elected to bat first, achieving a total of 145/8 in 20 overs before limiting the visitors to 115/8. As they prepare for the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup. Which will begin to play in South Africa in January, this series is crucial for the Indian team.
For the third Twenty20, India changed three players Along with right-arm pacer Shabnam and left-arm spinner Mannat Kashyap. Hurley Gala, who was a key performer in the first two games, was left out. While right-arm pacer Falak Naz played her first game of the series. Sadhu and leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra returned to the sideline.
With the in-form Soumya Tiwari and skipper Sehrawat balancing aggression with caution, India posted a 34-run opening stand. Tiwari struck her preferred cover area three times with drives. But she was soon out for 16 off 21 to a short ball. As she attempted to pull the ball, she became hasty and lost her bat. Making it easy for right-arm pacer Kayley Knight to catch the return.
After stepping down the crease and hitting the ball straight, Sehrawat hit only her second six of the series. However, she was caught and bowled out later in the over and appeared devastated. After giving up a duck in the first game and a 24-ball 34 in the second, the right-hander has yet to record a significant score in the series.
G Trisha (32 off 27 runs) and Mendhiya (38 off 28 runs), who batted at No. 3 and No. 4, together scored 63 runs for India. Throughout the middle overs, the two right-handers attempted to be aggressive and kept the Indian innings together. Madhya was India’s top scorer and hit six fours in her knock, scoring 5* and 11* in the first two games. However, New Zealand responded quickly and took the subsequent four wickets for just seven runs.
The hosts were in trouble as a result of Shikha scoring one off two and wicketkeeper Hrishita Basu’s two-ball duck. Sadhu then, at that point, played a critical appearance of 16 not-out from seven balls, even as India lost their last six wickets for only 26 runs. With figures of 4/24 from her four overs, right-arm medium pacer Kayley Knight was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.
The only batter who made a significant impact for New Zealand in response was opener Olivia Gain. In her 35-ball 40, the right-hander hit six fours and one six before being struck out by Chopra for an error. However, Sadhu took wickets in consecutive overs to set the tone with the bat for India. After hitting good areas consistently. She found Paige Loggenberg’s outside edge after removing opener Anna Browning with a peach of a delivery that appeared to nip back in sharply.
Sadhu took two wickets (2/19), Chopra took two (15), and left-arm spinner Sonam Yadav took two (18). While Trisha bowled out New Zealand captain Prue Catton. In the third game, Ocean Bartlett, who led New Zealand in the first two games, was not in the starting lineup. India had been great in the field in the initial two games yet couldn’t match that level on Thursday.
Shikha missed a straightforward catch at midwicket. Sadhu missed a difficult chance deep, and Basu missed one of two stumping attempts. However, India was coached by Nooshin Al Khadeer, a former international cricketer. Will be pleased with their performance thus far and the series victory. In the fourth Twenty20 on Sunday. The two teams will play at the same location, and the hosts would like to maintain the intensity.