17 Jul 2015

White Ferns win maiden T20 series against India

6:42 pm on 17 July 2015

The New Zealand women's cricket team have won their maiden Twenty20 series in India with a match to spare after defeating the hosts by six wickets in game two in Bangalore.

White Fern Rachel Priest on her way to hitting world's second fastest 50 against India

White Fern Rachel Priest on her way to hitting world's second fastest 50 Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Chasing India's 136, White Ferns opener Rachel Priest led the chase, blasting her maiden Twenty20 International half-century off just 22 balls.

Priest's knock fell just short of the women's world record set by team-mate Sophie Devine who scored an 18-ball fifty in the opening game.

Priest's effort stands as the world's second equal fastest T20 half-century in women's cricket, alongside West Indian Deandra Dottin.

Priest made a career-best 34-ball 60, including 10 fours and two sixes and sweeping the White Ferns into a comfortable position at 92/4 by the time she was caught off Poonam Yadav in the 11th over.

Earlier, captain Suzie Bates had put India in after winning the toss and made a key breakthrough when she ran out her opposing skipper Mithali Raj with a direct hit in the first over.

Opener Vanitha Vellaswamy top-scored for the hosts with a solid 41.

White Fern Katie Perkins struck the winning boundary in the 18th over to finish unbeaten on a run-a-ball 23 with batting partner Amy Satterthwaite.