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NZ pulled one back in the series and also ensured they overtook India in the Championship table

The 200th ODI milestone appears to be some sort of jinx for the Indian team, be it the men or women. Close on the heels of a batting collapse for Rohit Sharma's team in his 200th game, Mithali Raj's side suffered a similar fate in their skipper's landmark appearance on Friday (February 1) as the Indian women slipped to their first loss of the series, losing the third and final ODI in Hamilton by eight wickets.

Asked to bat, India could only muster a total of 149 despite a fighting 52 off 90 by Deepti Sharma. A disciplined bowling performance, led by Anna Peterson's four-wicket haul and Lea Tahuhu's three, powered the hosts to restrict India. Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite guided New Zealand in the chase with half-centuries as they won with 20.4 overs to spare to move one spot above India and occupy the second place in the ICC ODI Championship table.

The law of averages caught up with Smriti Mandhana, who after scoring 50-plus in eight of her last 10 ODI outings, fell to Peterson for just 1 in the fourth over. Jemimah Rodrigues was dismissed by Tahuhu in the following over, bringing Raj to the crease as she became the first woman to feature in 200 ODIs. Her stay, however, was a troubled one as she struggled to get going and fell in her attempt to break the shackles for a 28-ball 9.

A 48-run stand between Deepti and Harmanpreet Kaur partially led India's recovery before the latter was bowled by Peterson after coming down the track. Dayalan Hemalatha hung around with Deepti for a while as they attempted another revival, which again was short-lived as Amelia Kerr struck twice in the 35th over. Deepti too fell a short while later and the tail didn't last long either as India's innings came to an end in the 44th over.

The chase began in a steady manner with Suzie Bates and Lauren Down adding 22 for the opening wicket before the latter was run out at the non-striker's end in an unfortunate fashion. The dismissal did little to contain the New Zealand batters as Bates scored at a quick rate, using the crease well against the Indian spinners. Poonam Yadav, who had troubled the New Zealand batters in the previous games, was handled easily by Bates who scored two fours off the legspinner before dispatching one over the boundary and also broke part of the fence.

Ekta Bisht went for a few runs as well, with Satterthwaite scoring a couple of successive boundaries in an over. A half-century stand was raised and shortly afterwards, Bates raised her bat for her 25th fifty in ODI cricket, ending her wait for a half-century since July 2018. Satterthwaite appeared keen to catch up with her colleague, choosing the cover region for a four and a six in succession off Hemalatha to power New Zealand past 100 in the 20th over.

Bates's outing eventually came to an end when she tried to swipe a Yadav delivery across the line only to inside-edge it on to the stumps. The wicket did little to lift India's fortunes as Satterthwaite, in the company of Sophie Devine, guided New Zealand through to the finish, having brought up her 20th ODI fifty in the process.

Brief scores: India 149 in 44 overs (Deepti Sharma 52, Harmanpreet Kaur 24; Anna Peterson 4-28, Lea Tahuhu 3-26) lost to New Zealand 153/2 in 29.2 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 66*, Suzie Bates 57; Poonam Yadav 1-31) by 8 wickets.

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