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Smriti Mandhana (71), Harmanpreet Kaur (63) and Mithali Raj (57) cracked fifties while the spinners shared the spoils as India Women registered a consolation six-wicket win in the fifth ODI versus New Zealand in Queenstown. The hosts had already sealed the series having won the first four matches.

The foundation for India's victory was laid out by the bowlers. At 95 for 1, with Sophie Devine and the in-form Amelia Kerr going strong, New Zealand would have set their sights on getting to a score of around 300. Just then India's spinners made an impression by striking at regular intervals to peg the home side back. Sneh Rana made the crucial incision when she induced Devine to play the cut, with the New Zealand skipper spooning a catch to backward point.

The experienced Amy Satterthwaite then slog-swept Deepti Sharma into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket. At the other end, Kerr continued to essay cuts, alongside the occasional sweep and looked set for a hundred. But she fell in the 29th over, miscuing a sweep to Richa Ghosh off Deepti. Poonam Yadav and Rana then combined to pick up the scalps of Katey Martin and Lauren Down to leave New Zealand six down.

Lower down the order, Hayley Jansen (30) employed the cut, pull and sweep to keep the scorecard ticking over. She also got a reprieve when Ghosh put down a chance in the 45th over. Eventually, New Zealand nudged past 250 and ended up with 251 for 9 in 50 overs. In pursuit of what seemed like a slightly below par target, India lost Shafali Verma in the fifth over. Mandhana and Deepti though shared an alliance of 60 to give the platform for the middle order.

Mandhana in particular played with freedom and cracked a few eye-catching drives. She also got a couple of reprieves in the 17th and 18th over respectively. After Deepti was dismissed, she also stitched a partnership of 64 with Harmanpreet Kaur to put India on course. Harmanpreet, who before this innings had accumulated just one ODI fifty in the last four years, played with positive intent and essayed the loft as well as sweeps. In the 24th over, Kaur skipped down the track to loft Fran Jonas for a six, which in turn would have boosted her confidence. She also got a hug from Mandhana for playing that stroke.

After Mandhana was dismissed in the 29th over, Harmanpreet and Mithali Raj strung together an association 72 as India inched closer. Just like Harmanpreet, Raj also used her feet and cracked the sweep to keep the pressure on the bowlers. Kaur, eventually, fell to Hannah Rowe in the 43rd over. Raj and Ghosh then provided the finishing touches.

The morale-boosting win would give India some confidence ahead of the World Cup. New Zealand, meanwhile, would want to put behind a rather disappointing performance. Their fielding in particular was sloppy, with the home side dropping chances of Mandhana and Harmanpreet.

Brief scores: New Zealand 251/9 in 50 overs (Amelia Kerr 66; Sneh Rana 2-40, Deepti Sharma 2-42) lost to India 255/4 in 46 overs (Smriti Mandhana 71 Harmanpreet Kaur 63) by six wickets

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