EAST LONDON: A maiden T20I half-century from all-rounder Chloe Tryon helped South Africa cruise to a 5-wicket victory over India in the final of the Women's T20I Tri-Series at Buffalo Park.
Chloe blasted 6 fours and 2 sixes on her way to a career-best 57 not out off 32 deliveries for SA to successfully chase down India's score of 109/4 after Nonkululeko Mlaba's 2/16 led the charge with the ball.
India was put under immediate pressure by South Africa's potent opening bowling performance, which saw Nonkululeko bamboozle opener Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the second over of the game after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
The Proteas' stellar fielding performance continued as they kept the subcontinental team to just 19/1 in the powerplay before Nonkululeko picked up her second game-winning wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues (11) with some support from Sinalo Jafta's clean stumping.
Harleen Deol (46) and Harmanpreet Kaur (21), who had a rebuilding task on their hands, assumed leadership with the bat as they put on a crucial 48-run stand for the third wicket before Deol helped drive India into triple figures, finishing on only 109/4 in their 20 overs on a sluggish surface.
Chloe and Nadine took the game away from the visitors when the score was 66/5 in the 14th over. They did this by strewing the ball throughout the stadium and hitting sixes over deep square leg to seal the victory with 12 balls remaining.
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