Black Ferns vs India: Sophie Devine helps seal series whitewash

Sophie Devine has starred in a Player-of-the-Match performance, playing a huge part the White Ferns two-run win over India in the third T20 at Hamilton.

The 29-year-old scored 72 runs off 52 balls in an innings that included eight fours and two sixes. 

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat at a sun-soaked Seddon Park.

Suzie Bates and Devine got the hosts off to a good start, before Bates fell for 24 off 18 balls. 

Captain Amy Satterwaite contributed with 31 runs off 23 balls to help her team to a 161-run total.

In reply, Indian opener Smriti Mandhana was cruising, scoring 86 runs in an innings that saw 12 fours and a six. Step up Devine, who could do no wrong, changing the momentum of the game with the wicket of Mandhana. 

That was her second wicket, after taking Jemimah Rodrigues for 21.

Mithali Raj (24no) and Deepti Sharma (21no) put on a late surge for the visitors, but fell just two runs short of the 13 runs required off the last over, handing the White Ferns a series whitewash.