Bengaluru, July 13: Rachel Priest (60, 34b, 10x4, 2x6) powered New Zealand to a thumping six-wicket win over India to help the visitors take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match women’s T20 series, here on Monday.
As in the previous game, the Indian batting fell apart as the hosts were pegged to 136 for six in their 20 overs with Vanitha Vellaswamy (41, 39b, 4x4) being the lead scorer. In reply, the Kiwis made 139 for four in 17.5 overs despite losing skipper Suzie Bates to the second ball of their innings.
The Indians never really recovered from a poor start that saw skipper and opener Mithali Raj (1) and Latika Kumari (4) falling by the second over. The two teams meet again in the third and fil match of the series on Wednesday at the same venue before the Kiwis round off their tour of India, who won the recent One-Day Intertiol (ODI) series 3-2.
Brief scores: India 136 for 6 in 20 overs (Vanitha Vellaswamy 41, Harmanpreet Kaur 30, Veda Krishmurthy 29, Sophie Devine 2 for 31) lost to New Zealand 139 for 4 in 17.5 overs (Rachel Priest 60, Amy Satterthwaite 24 not out, Katie Perkins 23 not out, Jhulan Goswami 2 for 29). IANS