New Zealand Women vs India Women T20I Highlights: Harmanpreet & Co. lose by 18 runs

Senior opener and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana did not play and her absence was felt badly as India fell short by 18 runs while chasing 156 for a win.

India never looked like they could chase down the target against an impressive New Zealand bowling attack.

The opening stand between Yastika and Shafali was worth 41 runs in 6.3 overs and that was the highest partnership for India

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur also made 12 from 13 balls and looked off colour. The onus was then on the lower order to give a push for the target

Inexperienced Sabbhineni Meghana, top-scored for India, 37 of 30 balls with 6 fours, stitching 34 runs with Richa Gosh (12) for the fourth wicket

Once Meghana was out, there was a batting collapse and the visiting side could only reach 137 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr and Hayley Jensen took two wickets apiece for New Zealand, while Lea Tahuhu and Sophie Devine got one each.

For New Zealand, captain Sophie Devine (31 off 23 balls) and her opening partner Suzie Bates (36 off 34) scored the bulk of the runs.