Rain washes out 4th T20I, India Women retain 2-1 lead against South Africa, assured of not losing 5-match series

The abandonment of the match meant that the Indian women will not lose a series in this South Africa tour as the visitors had clinched the preceding three-match ODI series 2-1.

PTI, Feb 21, 2018 20:59:33 IST

Centurion: Indian women's cricket team will return from their tour of South Africa without losing a single series after the fourth T20 International was abandoned due to rain, giving Harmanpreet Kaur's team an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-match contest.

The South Africans, who were put to bat, were 130 for 3 from 15.3 overs when heavens opened up to halt the proceedings at the SuperSport Park.

Rain washes out 4th T20I, India Women retain 2-1 lead against South Africa, assured of not losing 5-match series

Only 15.3 overs of play was possible before rain intervened. Image courtesy: Twitter @OfficialCSA

After a wait of nearly two hours, the umpires finally decided to abandon the match.

The fifth and final T20 International will be played in Cape Town on 24 February.

A win in Cape Town will make Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. the first 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.

The rain stopped in between, raising hopes of a shortened match to happen. But the Indian run chase did not happen in the end as light rain returned again to play spoilsport.

During the 15.3 overs of play, South African openers Lizelle Lee (58 not out) and Dane van Niekerk (55) hit half centuries while off-spinner Deepti Sharma was the pick of Indian bowlers with figures of 2/33.

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took one wicket.

The abandonment of the match meant that the Indian women will not lose a series in this South Africa tour as the visitors had clinched the preceding three-match ODI series 2-1.

The Indian team was aiming for a quick recovery from a rare setback in the third T20I. After convincing victories – by seven and nine wickets respectively – in the first two T20 games, India allowed South Africa to stay alive in the series by slumping to a five-wicket loss against the hosts in the third match in Johannesburg on 18 February.

Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 20:59:33 IST






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