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INDIA WOMEN’S TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018

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Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 54 in India's win

Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 54 in India’s win © Getty

India made a thumping begin to their T20I marketing campaign in opposition to South Africa by means of registering their best run chase in T20Is, monitoring down 165 with seven balls to spare. Mithali Raj bossed the chase with a tremendous 54, transferring as much as the 5th spot within the record of maximum choice of fifties within the structure. The guests can be happy to have began the collection on a top, particularly in a 12 months the place the point of interest can be majorly in this structure given the International Cup is to be performed later this 12 months.

Opting to bowl first, India struck within the 5th over to ship Lizelle Lee again with Shikha Pandey playing the final snicker within the mini combat, having been hit for a 4 and a six off back-to-back balls in her opening over. Pandey did not keep too some distance clear of motion as she stuck Sune Luus to mark the autumn of the second one wicket. Bowling her 2nd over, Pooja Vastrakar used to be first taken for a six and a 4 earlier than clawing her long ago.

Skipper Dane van Niekerk despite the fact that remained unfazed thru this, hitting 5 fours and a six herself in a length when South Africa struck a complete of 10 fours and 3 sixes. The superstar of the display from the general one-dayer, Mignon du Preez, were given her act in combination once more as she mixed with Nadine de Klerk in a 46-run stand.

Anuja Patil’s dual moves got rid of each the set batters – van Niekerk and du Preez – however Chloe Tryon’s arrival buoyed South Africa. Via smashing 4 sixes and two fours off the seven deliveries she confronted, Tryon propelled her staff to a extremely aggressive 164 for four.

Raj headlined India’s chase as she struck her 3rd successive fifty of the structure and remained unbeaten until the tip to peer the staff thru. The main run-getter of the ODI leg, Smriti Mandhana set the tone for the chase with two fours and a six within the opening over as India took 20 off it. Even supposing Mandhana did not hang out for too lengthy, however ensured she added any other six and a 4 earlier than exiting within the 5th over, for a blistering 28 off 15.

Even supposing skipper Harmanpreet Kaur used to be run out for a blob, 17-year-old debutant Jemimah Rodrigues took on Ayabonga Khaka, hitting her for 2 fours and a six in the similar over. Raj performed the very best spouse to Rodrigues, being the embodiment of calm whilst hanging the unhealthy balls away herself. When Rodrigues were given out after a a very powerful 37, India had been nonetheless short of 52 runs off the final 39 balls. It most effective helped with Veda Krishnamurthy taking the hitting requirements to another stage as she plundered the bowlers for 3 sixes and 3 fours all over her 22-ball keep.

Whilst Veda remained unbeaten with 37 to her title, Raj hit six fours and a six in her unbeaten 54. India now lead the five-match collection 1-Zero and can play the second one sport on Friday (February 16).

Transient Scores: South Africa Girls 164/four in 20 overs (Dane van Niekerk 38, Chloe Tryon 32*; Anuja Patil 2-23) misplaced to India Girls 168/three in 18.five overs (Mithali Raj 54*, Jemimah Rodrigues 37, Veda Krishnamurthy 37*; Moseline Daniels 1-16)

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Updated: February 13, 2018 — 5:18 pm

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