India Women 130/6 (20 ov)
South Africa Women 133/2 (19.1 ov)
South Africa Women won by 8 wickets
Player of the match: Anneke Bosch
South Africa win the 1st T20 International by 8 wickets!

That brings us to the end of our coverage from the 1st T20 International between India Women & South Africa Women, with South Africa taking a 1-0 lead in this 3 match series, and the second game of the series will be played at the same venue tomorrow evening at 7 PM. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for the latest scores and updates. This is Abhinav Kumar and my colleague, Sooryanarayan Sesha, signing off. Thank you for joining us and see you & stay safe!
Post-match Presentation Comments: -

Smriti Mandhana, India Captain: I have to see how it goes overnight, at the moment it looks better though (on her injury). I think we fought really well. Fielding needs to get better. I really like to mention Simran, the way she bowled was outstanding. The way all the youngsters came in was good, we have 24 hours for the next match, so need to buckle up and come back stronger.

Sune Luus, South Africa Captain: There is always something we can improve on but I thought we did well to break that partnership between Harleen and Jemimah. It was really good to see Anne get her first T20I fifty. We know this is a high-scoring ground, to restrict them to 130 was amazing. The field quickened up when we were batting. We did really well today.

Anne Bosch, Player of the Match: It feels a bit like deja vu. To do it again is unbelievable. But credit to the bowlers for restricting India to 130/6. Sune did a good job to keep me calm. We wanted to keep the required rate under 7, that was our plan. Rotating the strike also was key there, overall excellent performance.
A very comprehensive win by the South Africans, who never let up with the bat and have won the 1st T20I by 8 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in this 3-match series. The star of the show with the bat for South Africa was Anne Bosch, who scored a superb unbeaten 66 off just 48 balls, studded with 9 fours and 1 six, which was also her maiden T20I half-century and she was superbly backed by the captain Sune Luus, whose 43 off 49 deliveries was critical in stabilising the innings after the loss of the in-form Lizelle Lee early for just 8 runs from 11 balls, while Laura Wolvaardt at the end remained unbeaten on 9 from 7 deliveries, as South Africa ended the game with 133/2 with 5 balls to spare.

The Indian bowling effort looked pretty disappointing, with Arundhati Reddy the pick of the bowlers and had 1/20 from 3.1 overs, while the part-time off-spin of Harleen Deol also was pretty decent for 1/21 from her 3 overs, but apart from them, there wasn't much else from the other bowlers. Simran Bahadur looked really promising with the ball on debut and had good figures of 0/21 in her 4 overs, while the spin trio of Poonam YadavDeepti SharmaRajeshwari Gayakwad failing to make any impression too, with Poonam Yadav conceding 13 runs from 2 overs, Deepti Sharma conceding 26 runs from her 3 overs & Rajeshwari Gayakwad ending up with 0/28 in 4 overs. This, coupled with some less-than-impressive fielding effort from the Indian team was contributory towards a humbling and comprehensive defeat for India. Stay tuned for the comments from the post-match presentation!
Over: 20 | Summary: 4 Bowler: Arundhati Reddy Score: 0/0
19.1 Arundhati Reddy to Anne Bosch, FOUR! BOSCH SEALS IT IN STYLE! Rightfully gets to hit the winning runs as she's been simply clinical tonight! Dropped short on the off-stump, Bosch rocks into a pull to the left of the fielder at square leg who fails to get to the ball on the dive. And once it went past her into the vacant grass banks the ball raced away to the ropes to draw the curtains on this game! Bosch and Wolvaardt embrace each other as South Africa win by 8 wickets to go 1-0 up in the series!
A very good over for South Africa, with 12 runs from it and after 19 overs, they are 129/2 and need just 2 runs to win from the final over, which would be bowled by Arundhati Reddy.
Over: 19 | Summary: 4 1 4 1 0 2 Bowler: Rajeshwari Gayakwad Score: 129/2
18.6 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Laura Wolvaardt, EXCELLENT RUNNING! Back of a length outside off, chops a cut from her crease through extra cover; they are quick to get off the blocks and make it back for the second rather comfortably! Just 2 needed off the final over!
18.5 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Laura Wolvaardt, with the arm on a length, looks to work it into the leg-side but ends up chopping it onto the pads off the inside edge
18.4 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Anne Bosch, full outside off, slog swept towards cow corner for a single
18.3 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Anne Bosch, FOUR! EXCELLENT FROM BOSCH! Should be the game for South Africa! On a fullish length on sixth-stumps, coming in with the arm and Bosch dabs it very late and very fine as the third man fielder is well inside the ring to even attempt a stop. Second boundary in the over!
18.2 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Laura Wolvaardt, shortish length outside off, opens the face and punches it uppishly into the gap towards the covers; straight to the fielder in the deep
18.1 Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Laura Wolvaardt, FOUR! PICKING HER SPOT! WHAT A TIMELY BOUNDARY! Overpitched on leg-stump and Wolvaardt picks up a paddle sweep behind square into the vacant real estate and on this quick outfield, the ball was heading only one place - the ropes!
Poor, poor misfield from Richa Ghosh at point on that occasion. Allows the ball to get to the ropes on that occasion and puts up a rather laid-back approach in that position of the point. India women will have to be clinical with the ball in hand as the equation now thins down to 14 runs needed in 12 balls.

Rajeshwari Gaekwad will bowl the 19th over 
Over: 18 | Summary: 1 1 4 1 0 1 Bowler: Harleen Deol Score: 117/2
17.6 Harleen Deol to Laura Wolvaardt, flighted full length delivery outside off, Wolvaardt leans forward into a drive through the gap at extra cover. 14 needed off 12 now!
17.5 Harleen Deol to Laura Wolvaardt, back of a length, flighted outside off, rocks back and cuts it straight to point
17.4 Harleen Deol to Anne Bosch, SAFE! On a length at the stumps, punched aerially over mid-wicket as the ball drops well short of the fielder running towards it
17.3 Harleen Deol to Anne Bosch, FOUR! MISFIELD! POOR FROM GHOSH! Loopy delivery that is too full and just inside the tramline, Bosch steps out and reaches for it as she pushes it through point. Ghosh makes a mess of it and lets it through as the ball reaches the fence!
17.2 Harleen Deol to Laura Wolvaardt, flighted on a good length on middle and off, rocks back and punches it through long on for her first run
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