India Women wins Quadrangular Final against South Africa

 . Last updated on May 29, 2017, 12:41 PM
India Women wins Quadrangular Final against South Africa
Punam Raut, the player of the match, scored 70 off 92 in the inning

India Women clinched the Quadrangular series in the final against South Africa. India won the match at Potchefstroom by eight wickets with excellence in both bowling and batting. India toppled South Africa women in 40.2 overs, while the host could aggregate only 156. Poonam Yadav and Goswami shared six wickets equally among themselves to slog the South Africa.

In the next inning, chasing, Mithali Raj and Punam Raut struck half centuries hauling the score to the winning mark. For Mithali Raj, it was her sixth successive ODI half-ton. Raj aligned herself with Lindsay Reelar, Charlotte Edwards and Ellyse Perry with the feat. She scored 62 off 79 balls. Her squad nicked the match in 33 overs with 2 wickets.

With the strike of 70 off 92 balls, Punam Raut sealed her position in the World Cup team, which will get ready next month. Raut remained unbeaten playing as the opener throughout the chase. South Africa women could knock only two wickets in the inning. Deepti Sharma and Mona Meshram fell quickly bringing up the figures 33 for 2.

However, they were the only successes of South Africa bowlers, who latter surrender to Raut-Raj partnership. Punam Raut hammered an unbeaten 109 in an earlier match, forging the milestone partnership inning with Deepti Sharma. The players struck 320 together. Mithali Raj and Punam Raut brought 137 runs, pairing since the 12th over in the inning. Raj took the helm of the chase after Meshram returned.

Previously, South Africa lost its players in the early overs. Andrie Steyn and Trisha Chetty were dismissed by the sixth over. There was a third wicket partnership between Mignon de Preez and Sune Luus adding 73. Du Preez scored 55, while Luus added 30. It was the last stand for India, after which, South African batting line up fell like a deck of cards. The team lost six wickets while adding the last 25 runs of their score. It was India’s spinners, who played the fiddle.


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