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Cricket news - New Zealand take 1-0 lead despite Mandhana's record fifty

India lost nine wickets for 34 runs after a 98-run stand for the second wicket

India threw away a winning position, slipping from 102 for 1 in the 12th over to fold for 136 in their chase of 159, to hand New Zealand a 23-run win in the first T20I in Wellington.

India's superb position, before they lost their way, was thanks to Smriti Mandhana going berserk. India had lost Priya Punia, the debutant, in the very first over, but Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues steadied the ship. The left-handed battere was severe on the bowlers, often targeting the square boundaries on the leg side with the pull, to help India motor along.

Mandhana slammed her fifty off just 24 balls, the fastest ever T20I fifty by an Indian Women, as India rocketed towards a series lead. But the innings rot started with the wicket of Mandhana. New Zealand had placed a deep cover to counter Mandhana's lofted drives. Hannah Rowe managed to hang on after initially misjudging the catch, and it gave the hosts a crack as Mandhana departed for a 34-ball 58.

Rodrigues fell in the next over, edging the cut, for 39, leaving Harmanpreet Kaur with the bulk of the responsibility. But when she was out stumped for 17, India's already dwindling chances went up in smoke. Seven of the last eight batters succumbed for single digits as India were bowled out in the final over. Lea Tahuhu was the most successful bowler with three for 20.

Batting first, Sophie Devine dropped anchor to take the hosts to a strong total of 159 for 4. The opener hit 62 off 48 deliveries, givng New Zealand a solid platform and allowing the likes of Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin to go big.

Devine scored six fours and two sixes in her innings, enabling them to overcome the early wickets of Suzie Bates and Caitlin Gurrey. Alongside Satterthwaite, she added 69 runs in less than nine overs, to put the innings back on track. Martin then added the finishing touches with a enterprising 27 off just 14 balls to push New Zealand's score to 159.

For most of India's innings, the total looked sub par, but the wicket of Mandhana in the 12th over changed all that.

Brief scores: New Zealand Women 159/4 in 20 overs (Sophie Devine 62; Deepti Sharma 1-19) beat India Women 136 in 19.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana 58; Lea Tahuhu 3-20) by 23 runs.

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