With the help of veteran Jhulan Goswami’s lethal bowling and a century partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut, the Indian women’s team made a great comeback in the series by defeating South Africa by 9 wickets with 128 balls to spare in the second ODI.
Jhulan took four wickets for 42 runs in 10 overs. Apart from him, Rajeshwari Gaikwad played a key role in taking the South African team to 157 for 41 in 41 overs with Mansi Joshi taking three for 37 and two for 23.
Mandhana and Raut added 138 runs on the second wicket
Mandhana (80 not out from 64 balls) and Raut (62 not out from 89 balls) put on an unbroken 138-run partnership for the second wicket to help India reach an easy win by scoring 160 runs for one wicket in 28.4 overs and winning the five-match series 1 Equals -1. South Africa won the first ODI by eight wickets.
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The South African batsman could not play openly in front of India’s disciplined bowling. For him, Lara Goodall scored the highest 49 runs from 77 balls. Apart from him, captain Sane Luce contributed 36 runs from 57 balls. Only five South African batsmen reached double digits.
India lost the first wicket early
India also lost the wicket of Jemima Rodrigues (nine) in the fifth over. He was bowled by Shabnam Ismail but after this Mandhana and Raut did not give any chance to the South African bowlers. Mandhana hit 10 fours and three sixes in his innings while Raut hit eight fours.
Mandhana expressed her intentions by hitting two consecutive sixes in the first over of Ismail. He hit his third six on Nokululeko Malaba. He completed the 18th half-century of his ODI career in 46 balls with two consecutive fours in the 20th over.
Raut batted well initially but later he also made some attractive shots. She reached the half-century with a fine leg on Nadine de Klerk. This is the 14th Pachasa of his career. Mandhana took India to the target with two consecutive fours on De Klerk. Earlier, Indian captain Mithali Raj won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first which lost wickets at regular intervals.
Jhulan and Mansi bowled out the century partnership batsmen
Jhulan and Mansi bowled from the right line and length and gave the opening pair of Lijli Lee (four) and Laura Volwart (nine) a century for the first wicket in the last match, paving the way for the pavilion.
Lee was lbw out by Jhulan while Volwart took a catch behind the wicket. After this, Luce and Goodall tried to build the innings by adding 60 runs for the third wicket. Mansi broke the partnership by dismissing Luce in the 21st over. His easy catch was taken by wicketkeeper Sushma Verma.
After this the spinners took responsibility and Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari did not let the batsmen play openly. Rajeshwari got Mignon du Preez (11) caught by Deepti in the 26th over.
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Mithali meanwhile made some good changes in bowling. Jhulan took the ball and forced Marijan Cap (10) to take a catch at midwicket. Deputy captain Harmanpreet Kaur bowled Goodall on his first ball and denied him a half-century. This brought South Africa to 130 for six.
Jhulan was dismissed by Trisha Chetty (12) in the 36th over but it went out of the way. The veteran bowler, however, dismissed Nadine de Klerk (eight) and Shabnim Ismail (zero) in the 38th over to put the score at 144 for eight. Chetty was finally sent to the pavilion by Rajeshwari and then dismissed Nokululeko Malaba to end the South African innings.