1st T20I India Women vs New Zealand Women: Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj was seen getting in the groove ahead of the three-match T20I series. Mandhana has been in ominous form with the bat, where she bagged the ‘Player of the Series’ in the recently concluded ODI series. She will look to continue her good form in the T20Is as well. The women in blue will look at Mithali and Harmanpreet to also get among the runs. The eves won the recently concluded series 2-1 and will look to start the T20I series with a win.

Here are pictures of the eves practicing on the eve of the game:

Meanwhile, Smriti grabbed the top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings for Women’s batters. Smriti Mandhana’s exploits against New Zealand helped her jump three places, leapfrogging Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning to the number one ranking. Indian women’s team ODI captain Mithali Raj dropped down a place to fifth losing her spot to Amy Satterthwaite, the New Zealand captain who flew up 10 places to No.4.

According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement, it was fine recognition for Smriti Mandhana, who has been in an exemplary form in the one-day format.

India Women ODI Squad: Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mona Meshram, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey

India Women T20I Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Priya Punia