The Indian women’s team produced a dominating performance as they defeated South Africa by 51 runs to win the series played at Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat on Tuesday. In a rain-curtailed match reduced to 17 overs, the Indian batters posted a competitive total and then defended the target with ease.
South African captain Sune Luus won the toss and decided to field first. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana survived many chances as South African fielders were not up to the mark on the field. The youngster Shafali played with positive intent and took on South African bowlers. At the end of 5 overs, Indian openers took them to 31 for 0.
After the power play overs, Verma continued to ride his luck with drop catches. De Klerk got the breakthrough dismissing Smriti Mandhana for 13. Both openers added 52 runs. After surviving so many chances, Shafali Verma was bowled by Sekhukhune for 46 off 33 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur came to the crease and scored a quickfire 16 off 9 balls. Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma added 40 runs for the 4th wicket. Rodrigues scored quickfire 20 off 16 balls. India eves ended on 140 for 4 in 17 overs.
Chasing the target of 141 runs to win, it was not an ideal start for South African eves as Lizelle Lee was run out by Pooja Vastrakar cheaply. Brits and Laura Wolvaardt tried to steady the innings as they scored 33 for 1 at the end of 5 overs.
Radha Yadav dismissed Wolvaardt for 23. Both South African batters added 39 runs for the 2nd wicket. Poonam Yadav got quick wickets of N de Klerk and Mignon du Preez in successive deliveries to put South Africa under immense pressure. The Indian bowlers never allowed South African women to score runs easily. South African women scored just 89 for 7 in 20 overs. Indian women won the match by 51 runs.
Indian women 140 for 4 in 17 overs ( Shafali Verma 46, Jemimah Rodrigues 33, N de Klerk 2/24) beat South African women 89 for 7 in 20 overs ( Wolvaardt 23, Britz 20, Poonam Yadav 3/13, Radha Yadav 2/16) by 51 runs.
With this win, Indian women seal the series and take a 2-0 unassailable lead. The fifth and final T20I match would be played on 4th October.