India Women nicked their second consecutive win against South Africa in the ongoing ICC Women Championship at Kimberly. In the second ODI, India thrashed the home team at Kimberly by 178 runs. Sent in to bat first, India women took the advantage of an early striking condition. Especially, for striker Smriti Mandhana the inning had a good relevance. Her score of 135 is a career best.
India’s inning was never devoid of momentum with India batswomen striking hard since the first partnership stretch. In contrast, South Africa could not sustain India’s attack while chasing the target of 303. The team exhausted itself playing 30 overs being all out at 124. Jhulan Goswami nicked only a single wicket, but it made her the first India women bowler to reach 200 ODI wicket milestone.
India’s first wicket partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut was for 56 runs. Raut was put down in the 13th over, caught behind at the over from Masabata Klaas. Although the next wicket fell after more than 10 overs, the score did not bolster. When captain Mithali Raj was dismissed, India was at 107. The inning caught momentum after half the overs were bowled. Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur played together until the 44th over, hauling the score to 214. The former scored her century in 116. Her 129-ball-135 had 14 fours and a six.
The concluding strike from Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy set score to cross the 300th mark. The players partnered for 61 runs in 40 balls until the inning was over. In the unbeaten partnership, Krishnamurthy scored 51 off 33 balls and Kaur reach 55 playing 69 balls.
India players dominated South Africa in the chase with a spin strong attack. The inning was dominated the three-spin-attacker ensemble: Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad. The only striker in the chase was opener Lizelle Lee, who scored 73 runs of 75 balls. She was on crease until the 28th over, pulling the chase to 113. However, she was the 7th batswomen to fall in the batting line.
South Africa’s run rate never caught the required speed while, the players could not bring up a single partnership. Barring Lee and Marizanne Kapp,who added 17, no other player could reach a double digit score. Poonam Yadav had 4 wickets, while Gayakwad and Sharma shared two each. India bowlers wrapped up the chase in 30.5 overs sealing the three-match series by 2-0.
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