Lea Tahuhu’s Allround Brilliance Keeps Series Alive

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Lea Tahuhu’s Allround Brilliance Keeps Series AliveLea Tahuhu bagged a five-for

Lea Tahuhu came up with a brilliant allround effort to keep the series alive as New Zealand Women picked up a narrow three-wicket win over England in the third ODI in Leicester on Tuesday (September 21). Tahuhu first wrecked the England batting line-up with a five-wicket haul, her first in international cricket, before contributing with the bat at a crucial juncture to complete the win.

New Zealand made the ideal start with the ball after winning the toss as Tahuhu struck in just the third over to trap Tammy Beaumont leg-before-wicket. Lauren Winfield-Hill was sent back in similar fashion by the same bowler in her very next over and Tahuhu made it three in three when Heather Knight was sent packing for 1. England, struggling at 20/3, quickly found themselves four down when Tahuhu struck again by breaching Sophie Dunkley's defence.

The procession continued for the home side as they kept losing regular wickets. Tahuhu, who had already picked the first four wickets to fall, completed her five-wicket haul when she removed the seventh England batter on the day to leave the hosts at 78/7. Even though it appeared that the home side would stutter to reach three figures, they were rescued by their tail. Katherine Brunt and Kate Cross put up a defiant 53 for the ninth wicket and the 10th wicket pair added a further 24 runs to drag England to a fighting 178.

Brunt, oozing in confidence following her unbeaten 49 with the bat, made some early breakthroughs just like Tahuhu had done earlier in the day. Suzie Bates had an off colour day falling for just 5 off 19 deliveries and Lauren Down followed her back to the pavilion in the seventh over. However, New Zealand managed to regain control following an excellent third wicket partnership that saw Maddy Green and Amy Satterthwaite add 72 runs.

Even though they lost two wickets in quick succession post that partnership, New Zealand were on course to complete the win after another fruitful stand involving Green and Brooke Halliday. With just 33 needed at one stage, New Zealand made the task hard for themselves despite having six wickets in hand. Halliday and Katey Martin fell in consecutive overs and Brunt returned to pick up her fourth wicket to cause jitters in the New Zealand camp. Tahuhu then came to her side's rescue once again as she smashed two fours and a six in the 46th over to dash England's hopes with Green remaining unbeaten on 70 at the other end.

Brief scores: England Women 178 in 48.3 overs (Katherine Brunt 49*, Kate Cross 29; Lea Tahuhu 5-37) lost to New Zealand Women 181/7 in 45.5 overs (Maddy Green 70*, Amy Satterthwaite 33; Katherine Brunt 4-22) by 3 wickets

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