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Punia’s Match-Winning Knock Helps India Women Take 1-0 Lead

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, South African Women’s team lost the wicket of opening batswoman Lizelle Lee off the first ball itself. The pair of Trisha Chetty and Mignon du Preez also got out pretty soon failing to contribute much with the bat. Laura Wolvaardt scored 39 runs off 62 balls that included of five boundaries before getting dismissed by Deepti Sharma.

After the top-order batting failure, South Africa kept on losing wickets on constant basis. Marizanne Kapp played a fine innings of 54 runs off 64 balls that consisted of six boundaries. The Indian bowlers didn’t allow the opposition to make a comeback in the game as they bowled out the opposition for a total of 164 runs in 45.1 overs. For India, Jhulan Goswami picked three crucial wickets, while Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav scalped two wickets each.

In the second innings, India got off to an excellent start with the two openers, Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues coming out with a positive mindset. The duo added 83 runs for the first wicket partnership. Rodrigues smashed 55 runs off 65 balls that included of seven boundaries before getting out in the 21st over.

Priya Punia was named in the side as the reserve opener, but Smriti Mandhana’s injury gave her the opportunity to show her talent and the opening batswoman grabbed the chance with both hands. She remained unbeaten till the end at 75 off 124 balls that consisted of eight fours as India chased down the target in 41.4 overs.

Brief Scores

South Africa Women: 164/10 in 45.1 overs (Marizanne Kapp-55; Jhulan Goswami 3/33, Poonam Yadav 2/33)

India Women: 165/2 in 41.4 overs (Priya Punia-75*, Jemimah Rodrigues-55)

Result: India Women won the match by 8 wickets.