Indian women led by Mithali Raj beats South Africa women
Indian women led by Mithali Raj beats South Africa women


New Delhi [India], Feb 14: Indian Women defeats South African women in the first T-20I’s. Indian women win the ODI series against the host South Africa 2-1. It was skipper Mithali Raj for India with her fifty while chasing 165 runs sets by the host. Earlier, Opener Lizelle Lee of South Africa along with her partner Dane start Prtoeas inning. South Africa lost their first wicket at 26 runs on the board.

Indian skipper Mithali Raj made an unbeaten knock of 54 runs her third successive fifty in T20Is  to marshal India's chase of 165 and put them 1-0 up in the five-match series. This after T20 specialist offspinner Anuja Patil claimed 2 wickets for just 23 runs in her four overs to pin down South Africa's batting line-up.

After South Africa were sent in, Lizelle Lee launched the innings with three boundaries in five balls across the the second and third overs. Shikha Pandey, however, recovered from an 11-run first over to have Lee caught at mid-off in the fifth over. Dane van Niekerk then gave her side direction with 38 off 31 balls. She found support from Sune Luus (18) and Mignon du Preez (31) to haul the hosts close to 100. Chloe Tryon then provided a blazing finish with 32 off seven balls, by smacking three sixes and a four off Pandey in the last over that went for 23 runs. Eighteen-year-old medium-pacer Pooja Vastrakar one of India's four debutants returned 1 wicket for 34.

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