The top-order batsmen of the South African women’s team came together to help India win the five-match series against India with a seven-wicket win in the fourth ODI here on Sunday.
Chasing 267, the South African women’s record was broken by Lizelle Lee (69), Laura Wolward (53), Mignon du Prez (61) and Lara Gudall (59 not out) in 48.4 overs. -1 in rubber.
India fell in love with the selection of a weaker team by a new committee headed by Neetu David as the hosts paid the price for ignoring the nature of Shaifali Verma in batting and Shikha Pandey’s experience in bowling.
The win means Poonam Raut’s third ODI century and veteran Harmanpreet Kaur has 54 runs in 35 balls.
South Africa were in play when century century legend Lee Lee and captain Laura Wolward scored 116 runs in 23 overs.
Taking care of the aggression, the pair pushed the scorecard forward at a good pace, until Harmanpreet Kaur caught a dangerous Lee against the wicket, scoring 69 off 75 off the ball.
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After joining up with Lara Goodall, Wolverine Lee did not last long after being dismissed, getting out early after reaching his half-century.
Sudal Verma got a good life when he missed a stumping and in the next delivery, the batsman took a step forward and played an in-out shot to the boundary.
After that, the entire waist of Good All-F spinner Deepti Sharma was thrown out of the cover boundary.
Du Preez pushed left-arm spinner Radha Yadav into the boundary zone three times in a row and into a deep square leg fence.
Du Prez rolled the ball in the 34th over with sixes and a four off Poonam Yadav, taking his team to 148/4 to 162. He needed 97 runs in the final 15 overs.
Du Preez strikes the same vein until Rajeshwari Gaikwad falls, until she tries to turn on the D-on.
But Goodall stayed on till the end to lead his team to victory.
Earlier, 31-year-old Raut hit four boundaries in 104 runs.
Harmanpreet hit seven fours and a six and completed his half-century off just 33 balls before falling to slow balls. Shortly afterwards, Raut hit a single off 119 balls.
For the third wicket, Raut had earlier put on a 103-run partnership with captain Mithali Raj (45 off 71 balls), becoming the only woman in women’s cricket to complete 7,000 ODI runs before being dismissed in the second powerplay.
Mithali gave Shabnam Ismail the best chance in the final overs.
Century’s partnership laid the foundation for a challenging total against the South African side, which won both their matches in a five-match series.
After Mithali’s dismissal, Raut joined fast bowler Harmanpreet, who added 88 more runs in quick time.
Harmanpreet hit two fours to start her innings straight. In his informal style, the India T20 captain was playing for 200 runs in the 41st over.
At the other end of Harmanpreet’s free-flowing game was the presence of a well-organized Raut, who was set to stamp the scoreboard after the South African bowlers.
Pirut entered the 70s to the 90s, after making some stunning starts in the mid-70s, when he took Ismail to the third-man boundary.
Amid a boundary hit, medium pacer Marijana scored just four runs in the 46th over of the cup, performing brilliantly. Anne Bosch continued to perform well and scored just five runs in the next over.
Whereas Harmanpreet used her power to send spin F-spinner Nandumiso Shanguez to mid-wicket at mid-wicket.