INDIAN Women Win Series Against South Africa

 

INDIAN eves led by Harmanpreet Kaur have convincingly won the T-20 series against South Africa on the hosts’ soil .Mithali Raj scored her 13th T20 half century, Shikha Pandey as, Rumeli Dhar and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took three wickets each to help India defeat South Africa by 54 runs in the fifth T20 in Cape Town on Saturday .Indians have wound up the five-match series 3-1. India had posted 166/4 from their 20 overs, with Mithali Raj scoring 62 and Jemimah Rodrigues scoring 44. The Proteas failed to put up much fight and lost wickets in quick intervals before folding for 112. Get highlights of India Vs South Africa. Mithali scored 62 off 50 balls whereas Jemimah Rodrigues made 44 off 34 balls enabling India to register par score of 166 for four in 20 overs. Mithali Raj scored 192 runs in four innings with three half-centuries to bag both ‘Player of the Match and Series’ awards for her consistent scores.South Africa did not seem to be never in the match as they were bundled out for 112 in 18 overs with Rumeli Dhar taking 3 wickets in 4 overs making a mark in the very second match on her return to the side after six years. Shikha Pandey (3/16 in 4 overs) was the best bowler while left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/26 in 3 overs) had an easy job with the top half blown away by the seamers. It is certainly a praiseworthy performance in winning a T20 series since in the format where the Indian women have not done well traditionally. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was confident that the victory will bolster their confidence as they get ready to take on Australia and England at home. “I thought we were 20 runs short but our bowlers performed remarkably well. I thought Mithali di and Jemi (Jemimah) batted well. I though Shikha and Poonam Yadav really bowled well,” the skipper said. Mithali started with a couple of boundaries off seamer Shabnim Ismail before launching onto medium pacer Masabata Klaas. She hit another couple of sixes — one off off-break bowler Raisibe Ntozakhe and other off rival captain Dane van Niekerk — both over long-on. She first hit a boundary and then lofted her over long-off for the first six. Along with 17 year old Jemimah, Mithali added 98 runs for the second wicket. Incidentally, Mithali had made her one day international debut in June 1999, 15 months before Jemimah was born in September 2000. The fourth T20 was called off due to rain making it India’s first abandoned game in T20I history. (image : BCCI).

 

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