India Women vs SA Women 1st ODI: South Africa beat India by 8 wickets, Mithali Raj team fails to fire

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India vs South Africa Women 1st ODI – South Africa beat India by 8 Wickets: Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt scored their respective half-centuries to help South Africa Women’s team thrash India by eight wickets in the first ODI at the Ekana Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

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India vs South Africa Women 1st ODI : With this, South Africa Women took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Chasing a target of 178 runs, South Africa got off to an impressive start, with openers Lee and Wolvaardt scoring regular boundaries. The duo proved to be too good for the hosts’ bowlers, who struggled to restrict the batters from scoring runs.

Lee and Wolvaardt continued their scintillating performance and took the team over the 100-run mark in the 26th over. Both showed no signs of a struggle and kept adding runs to the scoreboard, taking South Africa closer to the victory. Both completed their half-centuries in the process.

In the 38th over, Jhulan Goswami handed India the first breakthrough as she got hold of Wolvaardt (80). Sune Luus then came to bat but failed as Goswami dismissed her as well. However, the comeback was too late for the Indian side as South Africa easily got over the line in the 41st over.

Earlier, Mithali Raj top-scored with a knock of 50 runs as India posted a score of 177/9 in the allotted fifty overs against South Africa.

Put in to bat first, India got off to a bad start as the side lost its first two wickets with just 18 runs on the board. Smriti Mandhana (14) and Jemimah Rodrigues (1) both failed to leave a mark and the hosts were put on the backfoot.

Punam Raut (10) also failed to stay at the crease for a long time and this brought Mithali and Harmanpreet Kaur to the middle in the 14th over of the innings.

Mithali and Harmanpreet put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket and the partnership saw Harmanpreet scoring runs at a brisk pace. When India started to gain an upper hand, Sune Luus dismissed Harmanpreet (40) in the 26th over, reducing India to 102/4.

Deepti Sharma then joined Mithali in the middle and both batters started rebuilding the innings for the hosts. The ODI skipper Mithali brought up her 54th ODI fifty in the 38th over of the innings and India was looking to post a target in access of 225.

But as soon as Mithali got to her fifty, she was sent back to the pavilion by Shabnim Ismail in the 38th over of the innings and this brought an end to the 52-run stand between Mithali and Deepti. Soon after Deepti (27) was also dismissed and this reduced India to 155/6.

The lower-order of India was not able to provide much resistance and as a result, the hosts were able to post just a total of more than the 175-run mark in the allotted fifty overs.

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India vs South Africa Women 1st ODI – Full Scorecard
SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN INNINGS
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Lizelle Lee not out 83 122 11 1 68.03
Laura Wolvaardt lbw b Goswami 80 110 12 0 72.73
Sune Luus (c) c Sharma b Goswami 1 9 0 0 11.11
Lara Goodall not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 2) 14
TOTAL (40.1 Ov, RR: 4.43) 178/2
Did not bat: Shabnim Ismail, Trisha Chetty †, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez, Nonkululeko Mlaba
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Jhulan Goswami 10 1 38 2 3.80 1 0
Monica Patel 4 1 20 0 5.00 0 0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 8 0 34 0 4.25 0 0
Deepti Sharma 4 1 25 0 6.25 0 0
Poonam Yadav 10 0 34 0 3.40 0 0
Harmanpreet Kaur 4.1 0 15 0 3.60 1 0
INDIA WOMEN INNINGS (50 OVERS MAXIMUM)
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Jemimah Rodrigues c Lee b Kapp 1 11 0 0 9.09
Smriti Mandhana c †Chetty b Khaka 14 20 3 0 70.00
Punam Raut c Khaka b Ismail 10 29 1 0 34.48
Mithali Raj (c) c Wolvaardt b Ismail 50 85 4 1 58.82
Harmanpreet Kaur c Ismail b Luus 40 41 6 0 97.56
Deepti Sharma  b Mlaba 27 46 3 0 58.70
Sushma Verma † c Wolvaardt b Mlaba 1 12 0 0 8.33
Jhulan Goswami c Wolvaardt b Ismail 4 11 0 0 36.36
Monica Patel run out (Wolvaardt) 4 24 0 0 16.67
Poonam Yadav not out 9 21 0 0 42.86
Rajeshwari Gayakwad not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 12) 17
TOTAL (50 Ov, RR: 3.54) 177/9
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Smriti Mandhana, 4.3 ov), 2-18 (Jemimah Rodrigues, 5.4 ov), 3-40 (Punam Raut, 13.4 ov), 4-102 (Harmanpreet Kaur, 25.2 ov), 5-154 (Mithali Raj, 37.5 ov), 6-155 (Deepti Sharma, 39.3 ov), 7-158 (Sushma Verma, 41.2 ov), 8-160 (Jhulan Goswami, 44.2 ov), 9-175 (Monica Patel, 49.5 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Shabnim Ismail 10 3 28 3 2.80 1 0
Marizanne Kapp 9 1 25 1 2.78 2 0
Ayabonga Khaka 10 1 29 1 2.90 5 0
Nonkululeko Mlaba 10 1 41 2 4.10 0 0
Sune Luus 5 0 23 1 4.60 1 0
Nadine de Klerk 6 0 26 0 4.33 1 0