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South Africa Women 112/7 (20 ov)
India Women 114/1 (11 ov)
India Women won by 9 wickets
Player of the match: Rajeshwari Gayakwad
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India Women beat South Africa Women by 9 wickets and 54 balls to spare!

If the Indian bowlers put on a great performance with the ball, it was all about Shafali Verma in the second innings. After South Africa struggled their way to 112, who would've thought that India would chase it down in a canter. But Verma and Mandhana had other plans!

Despite Shabnim Ismail leading the attack for South Africa, Shafali Verma didn't get the memo as he went on overdrive from ball one. Verma, and Smriti Mandhana, took 37 runs off Ismail's two overs with 71 being scored off the powerplay overs. Even pace off the ball didn't work for South Africa with Mandhana unfurling her attacking instincts with some gorgeous drives on the off-side.

The carnage didn't end after the powerplay as well. While Mandhana kept chipping away with the boundaries, Verma completed a 26-ball fifty, her first in T20I cricket, before holing out to Shabnim Ismail at long-on. Not before she notched up her highest score of 60 off just 30 balls!

But the wicket came a touch too late with the damage already being done by Verma, who registered the third-fastest fifty by an Indian woman, the fastest on Indian soil! Harleen Deol gave Mandhana (48 off 28) company in the middle as she ensured India cross the finish line with no hiccups. Only Shangese (1 for 18) was able to put a lid on the scoring but even she went for over eight per over!

It was just that kind of a game for India where everything they did turned into gold. Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3 for 9) and Shafali Verma turn up with career-best performances as India finally registers a win in this series. But it is the South Africans who win the war with both the ODI and T20I series under their belts. Nevertheless, it has been a wonderful series between the two nations, filled with exciting talent bound to come good on the big stage.


Rajeshwari Gayakwad (Player of the Match): I didn't try anything different. Wanted to bowl as many dot ball as possible and was successful today. I wanted to keep it as straight as possible without experimenting too much. The team worked hard but we didn't get the results but we need to believe in ourselves and results will follow!

Shafali Verma (Player of the Series): I practice hitting boundaries and work hard for them. I feel good that it came off today. Ever since I started batting, I don't get confidence if my shots don't go off and prefer attacking. I want to win games for India in the future as well (upon being asked whether she knows she topped the batter rankings in T20Is)


Smriti Mandhana (Indian Captain): The bowlers were brilliant in the first innings before Shafali stole the show. This win definitely belongs to the bowlers. The toss doesn't matter too much as we were in a good position last game as well despite losing the toss. We need to give in our 100% to win a game, which we did today. We had the belief and this win gives us some positives to take home!


Sune Luus (South African Captain): Regardless of the loss here, we are happy with the series wins. Credits to the team and management for the win. It is important for youngsters to get the experience to play along with Ismail and Lee. When Shafali plays like she did today, it is difficult to stop her. She is on her way to being a legend of the game.

A good day for the Indians after all with the men's side also on the verge of completing a comprehensive win against England! Do follow our live coverage of India vs England as the final overs unfurl. But like all good things, our coverage for this game also comes to an end. Until next time, this is Dwijesh Reddy along with my colleague, Abhinav Singh signing off!
Over: 11 | Summary: 0 0 1 4 4 4 Bowler: Nadine de Klerk Score: 114/1
10.6 Nadine de Klerk to Smriti Mandhana, FOUR! SMRITI FINISHES OFF IN STYLE! back of length delivery dug into the pitch which only rises to Mandhana's waist. The southpaw quickly swivels in the crease, meets the ball in the middle and dispatches it towards the deep backwards square leg fence for the third consecutive boundary of the over to finish the chase and reach the victory shores! India and Smriti showing why they had reached the T20 World Cup finals, a year ago. Write them off at your own peril!
10.5 Nadine de Klerk to Smriti Mandhana, FOUR! MAKE IT TWO! back of length delivery bowled wide outside off. Smriti latches onto the width and slashes the ball to the right of the backward point fielder for a boundary to inch closer to the victory 
10.4 Nadine de Klerk to Smriti Mandhana, AHH! BEAUTIFUL! FOUR! overpitched ball on the offstump. Smriti quickly shuffles away from the stumps and launches the ball high and mighty over in field towards the midwicket reign for a boundary 
10.3 Nadine de Klerk to Harleen Deol, length ball bowled on the fifth stump line. Deol comfortably cuts the ball to the left of extra covers and steals a single
10.2 Nadine de Klerk to Harleen Deol, slow length ball bowled on the offstump line. Deol on the frontfoot drives it on the up but drives it tad too straight as the ball hits the stumps at the non striker's end
10.1 Nadine de Klerk to Harleen Deol, overpitched ball on the middle and legstump. Deol gets behind the line and flicks it to midwicket for no run 
Nadine de Klerk (2-0-19-0) is back into the attack!
India needs 12 runs from 60 balls!

India is cruising to a win here with Harleen Deol playing her way to some runs in the middle. South Africa is going through the motions here as the end nears!
Over: 10 | Summary: 1 0 0 1 0 0 Bowler: Tumi Sekhukhune Score: 101/1
9.6 Tumi Sekhukhune to Smriti Mandhana, overpitched ball on the offstump. Smriti on the fronfoot leans into the drive but cannot beat the extra cover fielder
9.5 Tumi Sekhukhune to Smriti Mandhana, length ball onto the pads and Smriti from deep in the crease flicks the ball to midwicket for no run 
9.4 Tumi Sekhukhune to Harleen Deol, length ball bowled wide outside off. Deol hangs back in the crease and cuts the ball behind point for an easy single
9.3 Tumi Sekhukhune to Harleen Deol, full length ball on the fifth stump line. Deol with a half-press eases the ball towards mid off for no run 
9.2 Tumi Sekhukhune to Harleen Deol, slow length ball angled into the offstump. Deol reads the change in pace early and defends it confidently off front foot
9.1 Tumi Sekhukhune to Smriti Mandhana, short of length delivery bowled on middle and offstump. Smriti makes room for herself and squeezes the ball past backward point for a single
Verma departs after a massive knock at the top of the order in the context of the game. India might just walk towards the end line with how Mandhana is going about things at the moment!

India needs 13 runs from 66 balls!
Over: 9 | Summary: 6 0 W 1 2 0 Bowler: Nondumiso Shangase Score: 99/1
8.6 Nondumiso Shangase to Harleen Deol, shorter in length once again outside off. Deol rocks back in the crease but cuts the ball straight into the hands of cover point 
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