India ladies vs South Africa ladies: Lizelle Lee’s 132 not out in rain-hit third ODI provides guests 2-1 lead
Lucknow: South African opener Lizelle Lee single-handedly destroyed India’s possibilities with a career-best unbeaten 132 as the house group misplaced by six runs by way of the Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) technique within the rain-marred third ladies’s ODI of the five-match collection in Lucknow on Friday.
Chasing a aggressive 249, Lee starred for the guests with a superb knock that got here off 131 balls and had 16 fours and two hits over the fence. South Africa now lead the collection 2-1.
Lee saved South Africa abreast with the required charge, which ultimately proved essential after rain performed spoilsport with the guests at 223 for 4 in 46.3 overs, six forward of India by way of the DLS technique.
Earlier, Punam Raut struck a second successive half-century — 77 off 108 balls — to propel India to a aggressive whole. Additionally, India skipper Mithali Raj (36) turned the primary Indian lady to attain 10,000 worldwide runs throughout a 77-run third-wicket stand with Raut.
South Africa had been off to an honest begin of their chase with the pair of Lee and stand-in skipper Laura Wolvaardt (12) including 41 runs for the opening wicket.
After Wolvaardt was cleaned up by off-spinner Depti Sharma, Lara Goodall (16) and Lee took the innings ahead with a 40-run stand for the second wicket.
Mignon du Preez (37) too made a big contribution as Lee saved South Africa’s chase alive by scoring solely the third century of her profession.
Lee, the primary centurion of the collection, reached the 100 mark off simply 99 balls and that included 13 fours and a six. Du Preez and Lee shared 97 runs for the third wicket.
India bounced again by choosing two wickets — du Preez and Marizanne Kapp — in a span of two overs to even issues out by decreasing South Africa to 178 for 4 within the thirty eighth over.
Nonetheless, the menace was removed from over for India as a decided Lee stood in between the hosts and the victory.
She was in no temper to surrender and continued her attacking batting to maintain the guests in tune with the required charge.
Lee discovered an ready accomplice in Anne Bosch (16 not out) and shared unconquered 45 runs for the fifth wicket to take South Africa dwelling.
For India, veteran Jhulan Goswami picked up two wickets giving freely simply 20 runs in her 9 overs.
Earlier, Raut, who made 62 in a successful trigger within the final match, continued her good type after the hosts had been put in to bat. She struck 11 boundaries throughout her knock.
This was after India misplaced opener Jemimah Rodrigues (0) within the second supply of the innings when she nicked an away-swinging one to Sinalo Jafta off Shabnim Ismail (2/46).
Raut joined Smriti Mandhana (25 off 27) on the crease and the duo as soon as once more got here to India’s rescue, sharing 64 runs off 70 balls for the second wicket to take the group ahead.
Mandhana, nonetheless, could not convert her begin into an enormous rating.
Mithali, solely the second internationally to finish 10,000 runs throughout all codecs, departed quickly after reaching the most important milestone, flicking a Anne Bosch supply straight to Mignon du Preez at mid-wicket.
Her 36 runs got here off 50 balls and he or she hit 5 boundaries within the course of.
Raut additionally fell quickly after and Harmanpreet Kaur (36 off 46) performed a fast knock earlier than turning into Ismail’s second sufferer as India reached 221 for 5 within the forty fifth over.
In the direction of the tip, Deepti Sharma (36 not out) and Sushma Verma (14 not out) remained unbeaten and shared 27 runs for the sixth wicket to take India near the 250-run mark.
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