South Africa Women won for the first time in the current T20 series. India won the previous two matches in the five-match series. Now, as South Africa won the third match, the series is again on the way to become levelled. Much of the change in the home team was for Shabnim Ismail, who induced a collapse in India’s batting order. In the second inning, South Africa’s chase was bolstered by Dane van Niekerk, Suzie Luus and CL Tryron. India scored 133, which emerged as an easy stretch for South Africa batswomen to play. The team scaled the target batting 19 overs winning the match by 5 wickets.
India Women started the match losing Mithali Raj in the first over. Latter, the inning caught an early momentum headed by Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. The second wicket partnership hauled the score to 55 by the eight over. But Mandhana lost her wicket to van Niekerk at 37 runs. It ended her 24-ball blitz that comprised of a six and five fours. Kaur played running pass 11th over. She scored 48 off 30 balls beating 2 sixes and 6 fours. The next highest score in the line up was off Veda Krishnamurthy knocking 23 runs.
India’s wobble began as the score passed the three-digit mark after half the inning. It began with the wicket of Kaur in the 12th over, where JI Rodrigues was removed as well only after a single ball after the former. The next wobble began with the wicket of Veda Krishnamurthy. In 13 balls, India lost 5 wickets falling from 124 for 5 to 133 for 10. Ismail took down five wickets heading the attack, while M Klaas ended with two wickets. Marizanne Kapp, Moseline Daniels and van Niekerk finished with one wickets each.
In South Africa’s chase, India’s bowler had a strong attack. The chase started slow with the team losing the early wickets of Lizelle Lee and Van de Niekerk. Still, the defense was finally contained when van Niekerk was able to play back to steer momentum. Owing to the marginal target, the chase did nit turned as a challenge. The middle order comprising of Luss, Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryron took the score to the winning margin before the final over. Tryron’s knock brining 34 off 15 balls was the ending push to wrapped up the victory soon.
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