India Women Successfully defend 146 vs South Africa Women

 

Nov 30, 2014

The Indian Women successfully defended a total of 146 against south Africa women in a Twenty20 clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. India eventually won the match comfortably by a sizable margin of 16 runs as the South African innings got stuck in first gear before losing wickets in a cluster. Poonam Yadav along with Ekta Bisht was the pick of the India bowlers picking up three and two wickets respectively.

The South African Women added 32 and 30 respectively for the first two wickets but the runs came at a painfully slow scoring rate, which put their middle order under immense pressure. Resultantly, once opener Trisha Shetty and number three batswoman Lizelle Lee ate up deliveries and threw their wickets away, the incoming batswomen had a herculean task at hand of having to score at almost nine runs an over to stay in the game..Opener Dan Van Niekerk’s run out by Mithali Raj put the visitors in even deeper strife. Just when it all looked lost for the South Africa Women, Marizzane Kapp played a gem of a little innings keeping them in the game, scoring 33 runs of 16 balls which included two boundaries and three sixes but they were hanging in there on thin ice as the cameo didn’t last long enough to take them over the line. They fell 16 runs short of India’s total of 146

Earlier in the day South Africa had won the toss and asked India to bat first, but judging by the first six overs, their decision had backfired, as India skipper Mithali Raj took the attack to the South Africa bowlers, scoring at over seven runs an over. The end of the powerplay overs saw the Indian run rate fall drastically for a brief period courtesy the loss of three quick wickets, that of openers Vr Vanitha and Mithali Raj and number four batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur as the Indians were left reeling at 69 for 3 in the 12th over.

Smrithi Mandhana, the record maker from India continued her good form, rescuing the Indian innings from that tricky position, scoring an invaluable half century at a healthy strike rate of over a run a ball, in the company of Shikha Pandey who scored a brisk 23 of 18 balls that included a six and a four. The pair added 63 runs for the 4th wicket. Smrithi Mandhana was finally dismissed in the 20th over for a well compiled 52 of 42 balls that helped India finish their innings with a competitive total of 146 on the board. The Indian innings included 15 fours and three sixes.

Brief Scores:

India Women 146 for 5 in 20 overs (Smrithi Mandhana 52 (42), Mithali Raj 40 (31); Sunette Loubser 2 for 29, Marcia Letsoalo 1 for 19) beat South Africa women 130 for 9 in 20 overs (Dane Van Niekerk 46 (47), Marizzane Kapp 33(16); Poonam Yadav 3 for 18, Ekta Bisht 2 for 20) by 16 runs