India vs New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana scores fastest T20I fifty by Indian woman

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first_imgSmriti Mandhana smacked a fifty in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington in just 24 deliveries to record the fastest half century in the shortest format by an Indian woman. This is Mandhana’s seventh T20I fifty and it has come as India chase a solid target of 160 runs put by New Zealand.Mandhana has been in top form all through the New Zealand tour. Mandhana scored 195 runs in the three ODIs against New Zealand and ended up as the top scorer.Mandhana brought that ODI form in the short format of cricket and steered India in the chase in Wellington in the first T20I after the fall of the first wicket.Mandhana eventually fell for 58 runs off 34 deliveries.Mandhana recently became the No.1 ODI batswoman after her hundred and 90 not out against New Zealand in the ODI series. She moved up three spots in the rankings to reach the top spot.Mandhana has been at ease in New Zealand and has scored runs quite easily on the wickets there. In fact after scoring 90 not out in the second ODI, Mandhana had expressed that the wicket very much felt like an Indian wicket.While Mandhana was smacking everything around the ground, youngster Jemimah Rodrigues supported her well from the other side. Right after the fall of Mandhana, Rodrigues also got out for 39 off 33 deliveries.Earlier, Sophie Devine hit 62 and captain Amy Satterthwaite scored 33 as New Zealand posted a total if 159/4 in their quota of 20 overs on Wednesday.advertisementFour of the five Indian bowlers who bowled on the day picked up a wicket each.Also Read | New Zealand hope to stop ‘classy’ Smriti Mandhana in T20I series vs IndiaAlso Read | Glad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumphAlso Read | Smriti Mandhana promises to give away player-of-the-match award to India’s bowlerslast_img

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