Indian eves keen to wrap-up ODI series

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Brimming with confidence, Indian women look to clinch the One-day series against New Zealand when the two sides meet in the third game to be played in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The buoyant eves won the first two games pretty easily, and skipper Mamatha Maben told on Tuesday that the host nation is determined to wrap up the five-match series.

But Mamatha sounded a note of caution. She rated the current depleted New Zealand team as better than England and South Africa, said they are a tough side, and could bounce back.

New Zealand are the reigning world champions but the touring side has only one player Haidee Tiffen from the 2000 victorious campaign.

The White Ferns captain, Maia Lewis, said the Kiwis are disappointed by their poor performances but the young side is looking to gain valuable experience with an eye on the future.

"We are looking to execute our skills lot better (in the remainder of the series)", she said.

Asked what went wrong for the team in the first two One-dayers, she said she can't really pinpoint but added that it was just that the team did not get good start either in bowling and batting.

"We also did not take opportunities that came our way", she added, giving credit to the opposition for good performances.

Indian eves won the first One-day game by five wickets and the second by nine wickets. The only 'test' match ended in a tame draw.

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