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1st T20I, India Women tour of South Africa at Potchefstroom, Feb 13 2018 | Match Report

India girls 168 for three (Raj 54*, Krishnamurthy 37*, Rodriques 37) beat South Africa girls 164 for four (van Niekerk 38, Patil 2-23) through seven wickets

Mithali Raj drove the innings during the latter overs Getty Photographs

Mithali Raj made an unbeaten 54 – her 3rd successive fifty in T20Is – to marshal India’s chase of 165 and put them 1-Zero up within the five-match collection. This after T20 specialist offspinner Anuja Patil claimed 2 for 23 in her 4 overs to pin down South Africa’s batting line-up.

After South Africa had been despatched in, Lizelle Lee introduced the innings with 3 barriers in 5 balls around the the second one and 3rd overs. Shikha Pandey, alternatively, recovered from an 11-run first over to have Lee stuck at mid-off within the 5th over. Dane van Niekerk then gave her facet route with 38 off 31 balls. She discovered strengthen from Sune Luus (18) and Mignon du Preez (31) to haul the hosts with regards to 100. Chloe Tryon then supplied a blazing end with 32 off seven balls, through smacking 3 sixes and a 4 off Pandey within the closing over that went for 23 runs. Eighteen-year-old medium-pacer Pooja Vastrakar – one in all India’s 4 debutants – returned 1 for 34.

India’s chase additionally began with a flurry of barriers when Raj and Smriti Mandhana gathered 3 fours and a six off Marizanne Kapp within the opening over. On 47 within the 5th over, India confronted just a little of a stutter when Mandhana fell for a fast 15-ball 28 and captain Harmanpreet Kaur was once run out on her first ball. On the other hand, 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues, additionally on debut, got here out all weapons blazing through clobbering 3 fours and a six in her first seven balls of world cricket. She and Raj scored 69 runs in combination in beneath 9 overs, together with Rodrigues’ 37 off 27 balls, studded with 4 fours and a six.

The platform were set through Raj’s fifty that incorporated six fours and a six. She was once specifically critical on Shabnim Ismail, hitting 22 off 11 balls. She stayed unbeaten together with Veda Krishnamurthy (37*) to persuade India house with seven wickets and 7 balls to spare. Krishnamurthy endured from her two successive fifties within the ODI collection and sealed the chase with a six within the 19th over. 5 of South Africa’s seven bowlers conceded greater than 8 runs an over, and 3 of them greater than 11 an over.

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