After a lacklustre present within the first match of the collection, the Indian girls bounced again in model to degree the collection 1-1 with a thumping 9 wicket over the South African girls on the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
The Girls in Blue appeared to be out on a mission, proper after electing to area first because the skilled pacer Jhulan Goswami struck within the very first over to ship again South Africa’s star from the final match, Lizelle Lee for simply Four runs. Lee’s opening companion Wolvaardt (9) appeared to be in a superb contact hanging two boundaries early on, however her keep on the crease was minimize quick by Mansi Joshi – who changed the teen Monica Patel within the facet, to depart South Africa reeling at 20 for two inside the primary six overs.
Then got here a stable re-guard work from skipper Sune Luus (36) and the left-handed Lara Goodall (49) because the duo added 60 runs for the second wicket at a brisk tempo. However, as soon as Joshi returned to prize out Luus within the 21st over of the innings – the remainder of the lineup fell like a pack of playing cards. The Indian bowlers gave nothing away as South Africa struggled to attain freely and had been finally bundled out for a below-par 157 with 9 overs to spare.
The evergreen Jhulan Goswami (4-42) was nicely supported by the left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3-37) and pacer Mansi Joshi (2-23) as no batswoman aside from Luus and Goodall crossed the 15 run mark for South African Girls.
Chasing simply 158 to win, Smriti Mandhana got here out all weapons blazing as she struck two sixes off Shabnim Ismail within the very first over of the chase. Whereas, the southpaw seemed extremely snug on the crease, her opening companion, Jemimah Rodrigues seemed utterly out of types earlier than being scalped out by Ismail, scoring simply 9 runs.
However that didn’t have an effect on Mandhana (80*) one bit as she stored scoring boundaries at will and continued her merry methods with Punam Raut for firm. Raut (62*) who had some extent or two to show to her critics, began off slowly earlier than upping the ante in the direction of the top.
The duo made certain that not one of the different batters had been wanted to wield their willow as they cruised alongside to chase down the whole with greater than 20 overs to spare.