Highlights, India women vs South Africa women, 5th T20I at Cape Town: Visitors beat hosts by 54 runs, win series 3-1

Highlights, India women vs South Africa women, 5th T20I at Cape Town: Visitors beat hosts by 54 runs, win series 3-1

20:01 (IST)

Day of rejoice for these spirited Indian girls. They will be mighty pleased after winning the T20I series following the ODI series victory. Splendid tour of South Africa for women's side, don't forget, it was the first assignment post the World Cup in 2017. Once again Mithali Raj stood above the rest, showing her class in the shortest format as well. Harmanpreet Kaur did well as a captain and was well supported by a superb bowling unit which was without senior pro Jhulan Goswami; her replacement veteran Rumeli Dhar had a memorable outing in the couple of games she played, not so much in the washed out game but today she picked up three wickets. But the biggest takeaway for India will have to be the emergence of Mumbai's 17-year old batter Jemimah Rodrigues, who has lived every bit of the hype and perhaps displayed her skills at the international stage. 

South Africa fought well in the ODI series as well as the shortest format, but came across a formidable side in India. Overall a good advertisement for women's cricket that is on the rise and gave the world, especially the boards and the broadcasters many reasons to telecast it regularly..

Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoyed our coverage. Do join us for the Men's game that is almost 90 minutes away from now. 

19:51 (IST)

Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: I still believe we were 20 runs short, but our bowlers bowled well. This win will give us confidence to do well in the future.

19:47 (IST)

South Africa captain, Dane van Niekerk: At the start of the game actually a competitive score. Quite happy after Rodrigues wicket. Very proud of the bowlers, unfortunately the bowlers couldn't capatalise. Credit to Indian bowlers, they kept us quiet and didn't let us score freely. Need to go back to the drawing board and rectify the mistakes.

19:46 (IST)

Mithali Raj is the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series as well. 

Raj: It was a decent track to bat on. Initially there was some movement but then it eased out. It's important that we give a good start and as openers we believe that if we give a good start it sets the tone for the innings. (On her Player of the Series award) It is always good to be among runs.

19:39 (IST)

A historic win indeed! 

19:38 (IST)

India win the 5th T20I by 54 runs and clinch the series 3-1. A memorable victory for Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. Masabata Klaas is the last batter to fall. Stumped off Gayakwad's bowling. 

19:37 (IST)
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OUT! Khaka holes out to Mandhana at wide long on. India one wicket away from victory. 

Ayabonga Khaka c Mandhana b Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1(3)

19:36 (IST)

South Africa 109/8 after 17 overs (Klaas 7, Khaka 0)

The dangerous Kapp is gone. It is a matter of when and not if for India now. A historic win awaits for India. 

19:35 (IST)
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OUT! Wow. What a catch. Take a bow, Jemimah Rodrigues. Kapp slogged Dhar towards square leg and it seemed like the ball is heading for a six. But Jemimah timed her jump perfectly and plucked one out of thin air. 

Kapp c Rodrigues b Rumeli Dhar 27(21)

19:29 (IST)

South Africa 106/7 after 16 overs (Kapp 26, Klaas 5)

Three singles, a boundary and a wicket. Just when you thought South Africa are gaining momentum after the 16-run over, Yadav dismissed Ismail to halt Proteas' progress. This match is heading in only one direction now. 

India Women vs South Africa Women, 5th T20I in Cape Town, latest update: Well, well Kapp is making a move. She is targeting Gayakwad. Scores two successive sixes. 16 off the over. South Africa need a few more of these.

Preview: An unbeatable 2-1 lead already in its grasp, the Indian women's cricket team would look to extend its domination in the shortest format and achieve a rare double series win when it takes on South Africa in the fifth and final Twenty20 International.

Having already won the three-match ODI series 2-1, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led team is 2-1 up in the five-match T20I series after rain washed out the fourth game in Centurion and the visitors would look to end the South Africa tour on a high.

File image of Dane van Niekerk and Harmanpreet Kaur. Reuters

File image of Dane van Niekerk and Harmanpreet Kaur. Reuters

India have been quite clinical in the first two T20 games which they have won convincingly -- by seven and nine wickets respectively -- but a five-wicket loss in the third match kept the series alive for South Africa.

The visitors had fancied their chances in the fourth T20I but rain played spoilsport as the match was abandoned after South Africa were 130/3 in 15.3 overs.
A win tomorrow will make Harmanpreet and Co. the first Indian side to have won two series on a single tour of South Africa. It will also be a huge milestone after having won the T20 series in Australia.

India dominated the proceedings in the first two T20Is before they were brought to earth by the hosts in third match and Harmanpreet have to ensure that there are no slip-ups.

Senior player Mithali Raj has done bulk of the scoring for India with consecutive fifties (54, 76) in the first two matches before a rare failure (0) in the third T20I. Her opening partner S Mandhana (28, 57, 37) too have done well with useful contributions.

However, in the 3rd T20I, Harmanpreet was left alone to carry the team on her shoulders with a 30-ball 48 as the middle-order collapsed and the visitors folded their innings for 133 in 17.5 overs.

V Krishnamurthy made an unbeaten 37 and 23 in the two opportunities she got to bat and she would look to stand up in case there is another collapse.
However, the onus would be on the top order -- Mithali, Mandhana and Harmanpreet -- to anchor the Indian innings.

In the bowling department, off-spinner Anuja Patil has produced a breakthrough for her team in the first three matches and emerged as the top wicket-taker for India with five scalps. However, she conceded 44 runs from her four overs in the third T20I and she would look to recover quickly.

Spinner Poonam Yadav and young pacer Pooja Vastrakar too have done well with four wickets each so far.

Pooja had to fill up the big boots of injured veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and the 18-year-old has delivered so far, taking wickets in each of the first three matches.

However, her new ball partner Shikha Pandey (two wickets) didn't look as sharp and bled 30 runs in three overs in the third T20I.

The South African women have largely failed to match their Indian counterparts in limited overs cricket. However, skipper D van Niekerk would look to draw inspiration from their performance in the third T20I match which they won by five wickets.

It was a superb performance by seamer Shabnim Ismail, who took her first T20I five-wicket haul, which helped them to keep the series alive. Among others, M Daniels and Klaas have taken three and two wickets respectively.

Opening the innings, skipper D van Niekerk produced some useful contributions but she failed to capitalise on the starts. However, in the last match, she and other opener Lizelle Lee blasted twin half-centuries to share a 103-run partnership and the duo will look to produce another good innings.

Teams (From):
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Rumeli Dhar.

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.

Match starts: 4:30pm IST.

Updated Date: February 24, 2018 19:53:59 IST

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