The lack of match practice was visible in the Indian team and despite the innings of skipper Mithali Raj (50 off 85 balls) and India Women vs South Africa Women: the Indian women's team disappointed after a year, lost to South Africa
Indian women's cricket team, playing its first international cricket match in the last 12 months, suffered a crushing defeat by eight wickets with 59 balls remaining in the first ODI at the hands of South Africa here on Sunday. The lack of match practice was visible in the Indian team and despite the innings of skipper Mithali Raj (50 off 85 balls) and Harmanpreet Kaur (40 off 41 balls), her team lost five wickets for 21 runs to take 177 for nine. Was able to score runs.
The South African women's team, which hosted Pakistan recently, achieved the target by losing two wickets in just 40.1 overs. Lilja Lee (83 not out from 122 balls) and Laura Wolwart (80 off 110 balls) ensured South Africa's big win by adding 169 runs for the first wicket. Lee hit 11 fours and a six in his innings, while Wolwart hit 12 fours.
With this, South Africa also gained an early lead in the five-match series. Like the batsmen, the Indian bowlers were also ineffective. Veteran Jhulan Goswami (2 for 38) also created some pressure from one end but did not get any help from the other end. Earlier, India lost three wickets, including star opener Smriti Mandhana (14 runs off 20 balls) within 40 runs, after which Mithali and Harmanpreet shared a 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Harmanpreet, playing her 100th ODI, took an aggressive attitude and played some good shots. His innings, however, did not last long. He hit six fours before being caught at log off. It took some time for Mithali to set his feet at the crease but he held one end. He later shared a 52-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Deepti Sharma (26 off 46 balls).
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The Indian innings were shattered like cards after Mithali was dismissed on the full-back. India's score was 154 for four at one time, which was soon reduced to 160 for eight wickets. The Indian captain's innings included four fours and a six.
For South Africa, fast bowler Shabnim Ismail took three wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs. Spinner Nonakuleko Malaba took two wickets for 41 runs. South Africa won the toss and decided to field first. India's fast bowler Monica Patel made her ODI debut in this match.
The Indian team played its first match in the last 12 months due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, while South Africa recently hosted Pakistan. The second ODI between the two teams will be played on March 9.