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ICC Womens World Cup, 2017 - India Women vs South Africa Women

Will India's dream run continue...
Updated: 08 July 2017 21:52 IST - Published: 07 July 2017 21:52 IST
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Mithali Raj: We decided to field because of the history of the ground. Heard people saying that this ground is good for chasing and we also played a few practice games. Those are the two reasons why we decided to bat first. Well, if she (Lee) gets going then it's like... I can't describe it. Her shots were clean and it's one of the best innings I have seen in the World Cups against us. Australia are one of the best sides in the world and it's not going to be easy. We really have to play really well to win our next 2 games. Obviously doesn't feel good to not contribute to the team with the bat, but in sport, such things happen. Have to move on.
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Dane van Niekerk: I think Lee deserves it more than I do. I'm just glad to be able to perform well for my team. I wanted to take it deep with the bat, struggled a bit but got the desired score towards the end. We came here for 2 points and we got it. Everyone chipped in and I couldn't have asked for any better.
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Dane van Niekerk is awarded the Player of the Match award for her all-round performances.
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Time for the presentation.
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Stay tuned for the post-match presentation ceremony.
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Chasing down 272 was never going to be easy. Things became worse when Smriti Mandhana was dismissed as early as the second over. Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma steadied the ship somewhat and forged a partnership.

However, the fall of the Raut’s wicket triggered a collapse. Mithali Raj was out for a golden duck and Harmanpreet Kaur followed her to the dressing room in the very same over without troubling the score card. As Deepti Sharma held on to one end, wickets kept falling at the other.

Seven wickets had fallen within the first twenty overs. However, Sharma and Jhulan Goswami batted with extreme caution and ensured that India did not lose any wicket for another 19 overs. They did not attack the bowlers and just played out the overs, just delaying the inevitable. 
Sharma completed her half century but perished when she was looking to play a big shot.

For the Proteas, captain Dane van Niekerk was the pick of the bowlers.  She picked up four wickets and conceded just 22 runs in her 10 overs. Ayabonga Khaka was very impressive as well while Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail picked up one wicket apiece.

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India will have to wait to secure a semi-final berth. They have two difficult games coming up against Australia and New Zealand.
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158 all out in 46 overs. Ismail cleans up the tail. South Africa win the match by 115 runs.
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155/9 after 45 overs. Wicket-maiden for Luus. Ismail back into the attack. Can she finish things off?
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Poonam Yadav comes in to bat at No. 11.
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OUT! Luus gets her first wicket. Catching practice for van Niekerk. Ekta Bisht departs for 13 off 15.
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155/8 after 44 overs. Good over for India, 10 runs off it.
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Back to back boundaries for Goswami. A little too late, isn't it?
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Boundary for Goswami. Good shot, bisecting the two fielders on the off side. The ball whizzes to the fence.
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145/8 after 43 overs. Just five runs from that over. Kapp back into the attack.
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140/8 after 42 overs. India need 134 runs from 48 balls to win the match. Luus will continue.
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And now, Bisht joins in. A good shot from her, opening the face of the bat and cutting the full-length ball through the point region for a boundary.
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134/8 after 41 overs. Six runs from that over.
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Luus into the attack and Goswami gets in the groove. She steps forward and powers the ball over the infield for a boundary.
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128/8 after 40 overs. India need 146 runs from the last 10 overs to win the game.
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Four for Goswami. The ball flies off the outside edge and runs to the fence.
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121/8 after 39 overs. van Niekerk has been so good today. A fifty with the bat and four wickets with the ball. She could have had another had Luus not dropped Bisht in that over. Her bowling figures read 10-0-22-4.
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Ekta Bisht walks in to bat at No. 10.
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WICKET! Deepti Sharma finally goes for the big shot and perishes. Niekerk gets her fourth of the day.