Wellington, Feb 6 : Smriti Mandhana, who scripted history on Wednesday after she scored a 24-ball half century fastest by an Indian woman against New Zealand, couldn't do much, as the hosts won the match by 23 runs at Westpac Stadium, here.
While chasing 160 runs, the Indian women's team got off to a poor start as Priya Punia, who made her debut, was caught by Leigh Kasperek on Amy Satterthwaite's ball. Puniya was dismissed on a score of four runs.
The 23-run win gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. India women had earlier won the ODIs 2-1, which were part of the ICC Women Championship.
As the visitors lost their opening wicket early, Smriti (58) and Jemimah Rodrigues (39) took the charge and played brilliantly, the duo added 98 runs in their team's total off 64 balls for the second wicket, but unfortunately, the middle order failed to take it further.
Except, these two batswomen, none of the Indian women remained steady under the rising run rate and pressure. Taniya Bhatia, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma exited in single digits, as India women fell apart for 136 runs in the final over.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur also couldn't do much with her bat and was back to pavilion on a score of just 17 runs, off 15 balls.
Apart from poor performance of India, the Kiwi bowlers shone, as they thrashed visitors with their bowling and didn't allow any of the batswomen to proceed towards victory.
Lea Tahuhu took three wickets and spent 20 runs, while Amelia Kerr and Leigh Kasperek took two wickets each. Other bowlers too joined them. Amy Satterthwaite, Rosemary Mair and Sophie Devine took one wicket each.
Earlier, the hosts posted a total of 159 runs for the loss of four wickets, after being sent to bat first by Harmanpreet. Opener Sophie Devine was the top-scorer, scoring 62 runs off 48 deliveries in an innings, comprising six boundaries and two sixes. (UNI)