Poonam Yadav returned with 2 for 21 © Getty Images
Poonam Yadav returned with figures of 2 for 18 © Getty Images

Leading the five-match T20Is 1-0 versus South Africa, India Women elected to bowl in the second encounter at East London. Their bowlers started well, and had South Africa reeling at 58 for 4 inside 9 overs. India kept providing regular breakthroughs, and managed to restrict South Africa to 142 for 7. Harmanpreet Kaur and co. will be confident of surpassing the modest total, and making it 2-0.

Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar commenced proceedings. Restricting the run flow, Shikha and Pooja reaped rewards by removing the openers quickly. Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet took good diving catches to dismiss them. India attacked with their spinners in the middle overs, and the ploy worked once again. Poonam Yadav struck in her first over, removing Marizanne Kapp and later Sune Luus, while Anuja Patil dismissed Nadine de Klerk.

From 39 for 1 in 6 overs South Africa were reduced to 97 for 4 in 15 — adding only 58 in 54 balls, and losing 3 wickets. Barring Sune and Nadine, no batter posed any threat in the middle. Late slogging by Shabnim Ismail propelled the score beyond 140. However, the Indian Eves are firm favourites heading into the innings break.

Brief scores

South Africa 142 for 7 in 20 overs (Lizille Lee 15, Sune Luus 33, Nadine de Klerk 26, Shabnim Ismail 16*; Poonam Yadav 2 for 18, Anuja Patil 2 for 37) vs India