India led by Mithali Raj beat South Africa in a One-off Test earlier this year © Getty Images
India led by Mithali Raj beat South Africa in a One-off Test earlier this year © Getty Images

Bengaluru: Nov 23, 2014

High on confidence after the innings victory over South Africa in the one-off Test, India women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj today said the hosts are are hoping to carry on their good form in the limited overs series, beginning with the first ODI on Monday.
“The girls are quite confident going into the One-Dayers against the South Africans. The contest will be good as we are playing each other after gap of nearly six years,” Mithali told reporters on the eve of the match.
Bengaluru is hosting all three ODIs. The second and third match of the series will be played on November 26 and 28 as part of the seven-round ICC Women’s Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for the  ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
The series doubles up as the second round of the ICC Women’s Championship and India are currently placed sixth while South Africa are fourth.
Mithali said though they are riding on confidence after the emphatic win in the one-off Test, ODIs will altogether be a different ball game.
“We are carrying the confidence of a Test match win against South Africa in the One-Dayers, but then it is a different format altogether,” she said. Commenting on the visitors, Mithali said they form a formidable outfit.
“What little I saw them in the Test match, they are a very good fielding side. They have a very compact top-order batsmen — four five of them — I think over all, a very good side,” she said.