India Ladies vs South Africa Ladies: Shafali Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad assist hosts declare comfort nine-wicket win in third T20I
Lucknow: World No 1 T20I batswoman Shafali Verma blasted 60 runs off 30 balls after left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s high-quality bowling show to energy India to a comfort nine-wicket win over South Africa within the third and remaining match on Tuesday.
Gayakwad picked up three wickets for simply 9 runs to assist India limit South Africa Ladies to 112 for 7 after which Verma and captain Smriti Mandhana (48 not out off 28 balls) shared 96 runs for the opening wicket to canter to a simple win with 9 overs to spare.
Shafali hit seven fours and 5 sixes throughout her blistering knock whereas Mandhana had 9 boundaries in her unbeaten innings.
The guests clinched the three-match T20I sequence 2-1, having gained the primary two matches.
Chasing 113 for victory, the 17-year previous Shafali went on a rampage from the phrase go by choosing up 18 runs (3 fours and a six) off the primary over bowled by Shabnim Ismail. She saved attacking the opposition bowlers and smashed three extra sixes within the subsequent three overs, together with two off Nadine de Klerk’s second over.
The South Africa bowlers got here in for extreme punishment from Shafali as she produced a wide selection of pictures throughout her audacious hitting present.
Nondumiso Shangase ended the younger Indian opener’s knock by having her caught by Ismail within the deep within the ninth over. However by then, the match was pretty much as good as over in India’s favour.
Mandhana, who was like a spectator when Shafali went on the rampage, confirmed her class by producing the ultimate flourish, taking India to 114 for 1 in 11 overs.
Earlier, Gayakwad (3/9) was the star performer as she bowled with nice management and guile to flummox the South African batters whereas fellow sluggish bowlers Radha Yadav (1/24) and Deepti Sharma (1/22) chipped in with spectacular shows.
Skipper Sune Luus was the top-scorer for South Africa with 28 whereas Lara Goodall completed with 25 not out from 17 balls after they have been requested to bat.
Sinalo Jafta (16) and Goodall, one of many stars of the ODI sequence win, took 16 runs within the seventeenth over bowled by medium-pacer Simran Bahadur to assist the visiting facet get previous the 100-run mark.
The Indian bowlers justified skipper Mandhana’s resolution to bowl by choosing up two wickets within the powerplay, together with that of the constant Lizelle Lee (10).
Gayakwad did a lot of the injury to the South Africans by eradicating Anneke Bosch (0) with the third ball of her first over. Then, she had the prize scalp of Lee, who was castled whereas making an attempt a whip on the leg-side from a faster supply.
She returned to bowl within the fifteenth over and added the wicket of Nadine de Klerk (9), bowling her with an arm ball as South Africa slipped to 63 for five.
Luus tried her finest to resurrect the South Africa innings earlier than falling to Deepti Sharma (1/22). She struck three highly effective boundaries however her tried pull off a supply that saved low proved her undoing.
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