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Mithali Raj now lends crucial experience to India's fragile middle order

Mithali Raj open to experimentation in third ODI

Ind v NZ, 2nd WODI, reaction

India captain Mithali Raj is pleased with how well the spinners have supported the fast bowlers on flat wickets in New Zealand.

India have been thoroughly dominant in the two ICC Women's Championship ODIs against New Zealand, winning the three-match series with a game to spare. Smriti Mandhana has been terrific with the bat, scoring 105 and an unbeaten 90 to guide India to big wins.

But what's equally impressive is that the spinners have done well in New Zealand conditions that have not traditionally thought to be helpful for slow bowlers.

Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav have worked in tandem to run through the New Zealand batting in both games, and the hosts have had no solid answers. The team feels complete with everyone contributing.

"Initially a lot of people asked me whether spinners can turn the match around for us on these wickets," said Raj. "The spinners have been doing well from the first match and Smriti has been among the runs, so has Jemimah. Overall the team looks good."

Raj is now keen to lead her side to a whitewash, but is open to experimenting with the playing XI in order to groom youngsters. "We would want to make it 3-0, and we will try and give others an opportunity also in third game to see that we groom some of our youngsters."

India's delight is New Zealand's frustration and New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite didn't try to hide her feelings. "Frustrated and disappointed, I guess. We can play better than we have been and that's probably the frustrating part that we've not put up the display the know we can do."

She wants the team to put up healthier partnerships, and play the spinners better. "We need some big improvements to compete against a side like India. The crux of it is we need to score more runs and get more partnerships.

"We talked about our options to spend time [at the crease]. People that can use their feet well, and can play the sweep well, and it's important to rotate the strike."