ICC Women's Championship: Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami help India thrash South Africa in 1st ODI

Smriti Mandhana (84 off 98) scored a strokeful fifty while pace duo of Jhulan Goswami (4/24) and Shikha Pandey (3/23) shared seven wickets between them to emerge as the architects of India's victory.

PTI, Feb,05 2018

Kimberley: India produced a clinical all-round performance to thrash hosts South Africa by 88 runs in the first one-dayer of the ICC Women's Championship at Diamond Oval on Monday.

Opener Smriti Mandhana (84 off 98) scored a strokeful fifty while pace duo of Jhulan Goswami (4/24) and Shikha Pandey (3/23) shared seven wickets between them to emerge as the architects of India's victory.

Electing to bat, left-handed Mandhana hit eight boundaries and a six in her 98-ball innings and shared a 99- run stand with skipper Mithali Raj (45) to help India post 213 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.

 Smriti Mandhana of India celebrates after reaching her century in the 2nd ODI. Getty

File image of India's Smriti Mandhana. Getty

Chasing 214 for a win, South Africa failed to stitch partnerships and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper D van Niekerk top-scored for South Africa with a 41.

Pandey rocked the hosts early by removing opener Lizelle Lee (3), wicket-keeper Trisha Chetty (5) and Mignon du Preez (0) to leave them at 23/3 in 9.2 overs.

Spinner Poonam Yadav (2/22) then accounted for the other opener Laura Wolvaardt (21), while Goswami trapped Chloe Tryon LBW as South Africa lost half their side in 22.5 overs.

Marizanne Kapp (23) and Niekerk tried to resurrect the run chase but Yadav sent the former back to the hut and left- arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad removed the home side skipper after they reached the 100-mark.

Goswami then mopped up the tail, dismissing the remaining three players — Ismail (4), A Khaka (2) and M Klaas (1) — to complete the win.

Earlier electing to bat, India lost their first wicket when Ayabonga Khaka dismissed opener Punam Raut (19) with Shabnim Ismail taking the catch. Mandhana and Raj then steadied the ship before the opener was removed by Khaka with Sune Luus taking the catch.

Next over, Masabata Klaas got rid of Raj as India slipped to 155/3 in 36.1 overs. South Africa then effected two run outs, dismissing V Krishnamurthy (2) and DB Sharma (6) to further reduce the visitors to 168-5 in 42 overs.

H Kaur and wicket-keeper S Verma then added 27 runs before the former was trapped by Kapp in the 48th over.

Two balls later, Verma was caught by Khaka off Kapp.

Brief Score:
India women's team: 213 for 7 in 50 overs (S Mandhana 84; M Kapp 2/26)

South Africa women's team: 125 all out in 43.2 overs (D van Niekerk 41; Jhulan Goswami 4/24).

Published Date: Feb 05, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 05, 2018




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 New Zealand 2807 122
3 India 3385 121
4 Australia 2173 121
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112