Mithali Raj (Image courtesy: Getty)
Mithali Raj remained unbeaten on 76* (Image courtesy: Getty)

India Women continued to impress in the ongoing South Africa tour. Winning the ODI series, they have made it 2-0 in the five T20Is. The Eves thrashed South Africa in all departments to notch up a convincing 9-wicket win in the second T20I at East London.

In pursuit of 143, India openers Smriti Madhana and Mithali Raj looked in no discomfort. They ran well between wickets, found the gaps consistently and got the boundaries from time to time. Smriti was the aggressor among the duo, while Mithali was content in rotating the strike and did anything silly. In the end, both the batswomen got to their highest T20I score. A 106-run stand put India ahead, and the remaining work was done by Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali.

Earlier, the momentum was set by India’s spinners. Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar commenced the innings by bowling in right lengths. They were rewarded courtesy sharp fielding effort by the unit. Later, despite Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk and Shabnim Ismail’s late strikes, the score — 142 for 7 — proved nothing owing to Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav’s spells. The pair bowled wicket-to-wicket, and gave nothing easy. In addition, they got the breakthroughs before anyone could settle down. This hurt the South Africans, and they have plenty to dwell upon if they have to remain alive in the series.

On the other hand, Harmanpreet and co.’s focus was praise worthy in the second T20I.

Meanwhile, another day at the office for Mithali

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) lose to India 143 for 1 in 19.1 overs (Smriti Madhana 57, Mithali Raj 76*; Moseline Daniels 1 for 21) by 9 wickets.