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Spinners Help India Women Whitewash South Africa

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Indian Women’s team got off to a disappointing start losing the wickets of both their openers, Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues quite early. The duo comprising of Punam Raut and Mithali Raj also got out pretty soon leaving the team in deep trouble at 39 for 4. After the top-order batting collapse, India kept on losing wickets on constant basis.

The pair of Harmanpreet Kaur and Shikha Pandey added 49 runs for the seventh wicket stand. Harmanpreet scored 38 runs off 76 balls that included of five fours, while Shikha composed a knock of 35 runs off 40 balls which consisted of six boundaries. The South African bowlers performed very well to bundle out India for a total of 146 runs in 45.5 overs. For South Africa, Marizanne Kapp picked three wickets, while Ayabonga Khaka and Shabnim Ismail took two scalps each.

In the second innings, South Africa Women also didn’t get off to the best of starts as they lost early wickets of Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty with just 31 runs on the board. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals after these two wickets as none of the batters took the responsibility to bat through the run-chase. The Indian spinners controlled the match very well to keep the opposition under constant check.

Marizanne Kapp top scored with 29 runs as South Africa Women folded for 140 runs in 48 overs and fell short by six runs from the target. For India, Ekta Bisht took three crucial wickets, while Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad contributed by picking two scalps each.

Brief Scores

India Women: 146/10 in 45.5 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur-38, Shikha Pandey-35; Marizanne Kapp 3/20, Shabnim Ismail 2/18)

South Africa Women: 140/10 in 48 overs (Marizanne Kapp-29, Sune Luus-24; Ekta Bisht 3/32, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/22)

Result: India Women won the match by 6 runs.