The pace at which the two scored, getting to 190 in 32.1 overs, even a steeper target might have been well within their reach. “If we keep going, we score at a really high rate, so we don’t really need to worry about the run rate,” Mandhana said. “The way we were going, I think we would have been able to chase 280-300. Anything above 260, as a batter you have it at the back of the mind … anything above 260, it would have been tough.”
For New Zealand, it was a matter of starting well but then letting the momentum drop. Bates (36) and Devine (28) did well at the top, but though captain Amy Satterthwaite (31), Amelie Kerr (28) and Rowe (25) got good starts, there weren’t any significant partnerships, and no real let up in the fall of wickets.
“Suzie and Sophie batted pretty well at the top, and built a bit of a platform, but we didn’t get a big enough partnership at any stage of the innings (after that). A lot of people got starts, 20s and 30s, and didn’t kick on. There were a lot of dot balls and we created our own pressure, tried to release it with a shot that’s not really on,” Satterthwaite agreed.
During the Indian innings then, there were quite a few spells of dot balls, but a boundary followed almost on cue.
“Certainly with the ball, at times we weren’t patient enough. We didn’t create enough pressure and didn’t string enough dot balls together, and always released it with a four ball. So you’re chasing your tail constantly and that makes it pretty tough,” Satterthwaite said.
Highlights of India’s win
Mandhana’s 104 was her fourth ODI century, putting her in second place behind Mithali Raj (seven) in the list of Indian century-scorers. Harmanpreet Kaur is in third place with three.
The 190-run stand between Mandhana and Rodrigues was the third-best for the first wicket for India in ODIs. Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut are at the top of the chart with their 320-run association against Ireland in Potchefstroom in 2017, followed by Reshma Gandhi and Raj, who had an unbroken 258-run stand against Ireland in Milton Keynes in 1999.
Overall, it was India’s fourth-best partnership in ODIs, behind the unbroken third-wicket stand of 223 between Jaya Sharma and Anjum Chopra, against Pakistan in Karachi in 2005.
The win matched India’s best against New Zealand in terms of wickets – they had won by the same margin in Aurangabad in December 2003 and in Bangalore in July 2015.