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Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj power India to consolation win over NZ women in 5th ODI | Cricket News

Harmanpreet Kaur hits a much-needed half-century to get back into the running as the Indian women’s cricket team finally managed to beat New Zealand in the fifth ODI final for six win-wicket consoles in Queenstown Thursday (February 24). The Indian footballers, who did not play before the game, finally did their job together to end New Zealand to 251/9 in 50 overs.

India chased home’s 46 os courtesy of Harmanpreet 63 off 66 balls and Smriti Mandhana 71 off 84 balls. Skipper Mithali Raj is undefeated on 57 off 66 balls. After losing one out of the T20 and the first four ODIs, India need a big win to win some of the ODI World Cup next month.

The wickets, struggling to provide wins, split seven wickets among themselves on Thursday. Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana took two wickets each while Megasna Singh’s pacer was even impressive in the top five bola.

Star batter Mandhana, who missed the first three ODIs and the T20 due to a wide stand in isolation, also had some valuable time in the middle. The ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year scored nine goals in her 84-goal career.

Harmanpreet must be comforted after winning its first 50 in just 12 months. .

He used the rifle effectively to cross the border before using the shotgun to reach the half-century. The Indian team needs to be consistent with the action as they put it on Thursday if it is to compete for the world title.

“We’ve improved over the last few games, that’s a good sign before the World Cup. Was important to have the right preparation before the big tournament. Unfortunately camps cannot be accepted in India due to Omicron cases that arose, ”Mithali said in a post-match presentation.

“The wicket seemed friendly, but the players did well today. Something we need to work on more in our field. When I retire after this competition, I will see the team stronger with the new talent coming, ”he added.

Short skirts: New Zealand women 251/9 (Amelia Kerr 66, Lauren Down 30, Hayley Jensen 30; Deepti Sharma 2/32, Sneh Rana 2/40) Indian woman 252/4 of 46 overs (Smriti Mandhana 71, Harmanpreet Kaur 63, Mithali Raj 54 no)

(with PTI inputs)

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