Cricket: White Ferns crash to eight-wicket loss in second ODI against India

Indian captain Mithali Raj was in complete control for India.
Indian captain Mithali Raj was in complete control for India. Photo credit: Photosport

The White Ferns' struggles have continued, crashing to an eight-wicket loss to India at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The result follows an equally crushing nine-wicket loss in the opening match of the three-match series last week.

Batting first, New Zealand were rocked by the early loss of their two heavyweight strokemakers, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, before the score reached double figures.

Former skipper Bates fell for a duck in the first over, before Devine was undone by right-arm swing bowler Shikha Pandey.

Devine was caught on the crease, playing back to a full delivery that was drifting leg side, but the umpire gave it out. On review, the ball was just hitting the leg stump and Devine was on her way.

Captain Amy Satterthwaite attempted to rebuild the innings, but couldn't find a willing partner, until a 58-run partnership with Leigh Kasperek for the seventh wicket.

Satterthwaite played nicely for her 71 (off 87 balls), before edging to wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia off leg-spin bowler Poonam Yadav, with New Zealand's score on 120 after 33 overs.

Kasperick didn't hang around much longer - she was dismissed for 21 in the 37th over, leaving the White Ferns 136/7 with 13 overs remaining.

The lower order got New Zealand over the 150 mark, eventually dismissed for 161 in the 45th over.

India got off to a shaky start, with the White Ferns claiming two early wickets, but captain Mithali Raj and the impressive Smriti Mandhana steadied the ship, before accelerating the innings, as the bowlers tired.

Mandhana finished on 90 (83), while Raj expertly compiled 63 (111) to ensure a series win for the visitors.

Lea Tahuhu was impressive for the White Ferns, claiming 1/16 from a six-over spell.