Regardless of a whirlwind 132 – with 16 fours and two sixes – South Africa opener Lizelle Lee was denied the privilege of offering the ending touches, as rain intervened within the climax, and compelled the umpires to declare the touring group the winner on the idea of higher run-rate within the third one-dayer on the Ekana Stadium on Friday.
Chasing 249, the very best complete within the collection to date, South Africa had a hesitant begin when new captain Laura Wolvaart was dismissed after labouring for 12 runs.
Lee then took the bowling aside, hitting each the medium-pacers and spinners all around the park.
The restricted help she wanted from the opposite finish was supplied by Mignon du Preez (37) and Lara Goodall (16), as Lee single handedly tore aside the Indian resistance.
But, at 223 for 4 in 46.three overs, it was anyone’s match when rain supplied an surprising twist to the story.
It was Lee’s third hundred in one-dayers, following those in opposition to England and Australia. She scored 132 off 131 balls and was adjudged the participant of the match.
Among the many Indian bowlers, Jhulan stood out, selecting up two for 20 in 9 overs, whereas the remaining had been on the mercy of Lee.
India had causes to consider that it had a successful complete, when Punam Raut top-scored with 77, whereas skipper Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma scored 36 every.
Opener Smriti Mandhana missed out on extra when she misplaced endurance on 25, whereas Jemimah Rodrigues was once more dismissed early.
Mithali crossed the milestone of being solely the second lady cricketer to attain 10,000 worldwide runs, after Charlotte Edwards (10273) of England.
The enjoyment of the Indian batting and the accomplishments had been finally sidelined as Lee shook the Indian group out of its slumber, with a hurricane knock that introduced the rains.
India has two extra ODIs to get its act proper.