Hamilton, Feb 10: In a nail-biting match, Indian women's team tasted defeat in the third and final T-20 International against New Zealand by mere two runs, to lose the series by 0-3 in Hamilton on Sunday.
White Ferns scored 161 for 7 from 20 overs, in which hard-hitting opener Sophie Devine contributed 72 runs from 52 deliveries while captain Amy Satterthwaite scored 31 off 23 balls.
Chasing 162 set by the hosts for win, Indian opener Smriti Mandhana smashed 86 runs in 62 deliveries, but her batting onslaught could not lead the visitors to achieve the target.
Mandhana departed for 86 off a slower delivery by Devine, with Lee Tahuhu making no mistakes.
India off-spinner Deepti Sharma took two wickets for 28 runs, while Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav grabbed a wicket apiece. (UNI)