With the second Twenty20 International match on February 8, 2019, at Eden Park in Auckland against New Zealand, the Indian women cricket team has completed a century in Twenty20 International cricket. Unfortunately, Indian women lost their 100th T20I appearance after losing the second T20I against the hosts.
Till date, Indian women cricket team have won 53 out of the 100 matches played so far and lost 45. They are currently in the Kiwi land playing the three-match T20I series. Although women in blue won the three-match ODI series against New Zealand 2-1, they failed to impress in the T20 version.
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Indian women lost the first T20 match at Wellington. Smriti Mandhana’s blistering half-century couldn’t save the game. She bettered her own record of fastest fifty by an Indian by just one ball. She reached 50-mark off 24 deliveries. However, New Zealand pacer Lea Tahuhu’s magical spell won the match for the Kiwis. She managed three scalps off her four overs. On Friday the eves were determined to level the series. But with the toss, the match almost went to the Kiwis’ court. The White Ferns won the toss and elected to bat first. Thanks to Jemimah’s 72 Indian women could set a target of 135. Chasing 136 New Zealand showed absolute calmness. Suzie Bates scored 62 off 52 balls. Finally, they won the match and took the lead of 2-0 to win the series.
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The eves hold a better record against the Kiwis compared to their male counterparts. So far they have won three out of nine matches against the hosts whereas the men’s team have won just two times out of eight matches. Indian women cricket team are the sixth team to achieve this milestone. The list has Australia, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, and West Indies in the top five to complete 100 T20I matches.
Mithali Raj, the veteran Indian player was left out the two T20 matches against the White Ferns. She in all likelihood will retire from T20 International after the home series against England. She will continue to lead the side in the 50-over format.