Updated: September 26, 2019 1:08:02 am
Deepti Sharma’s incredible bowling spell helped India Women beat South Africa Women in the first T20I at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Tuesday. Defending a modest target of 131, India beat South Africa by 11 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
This also ends India’s longest losing streak of 7 matches in T20Is.
Sharma was star of the day with three maiden overs in her four-over quota. Apart from conceding eight runs, she also took three wickets.
Her spell where she bowled three maidens on the trot was history in itself as this was the first time an Indian had bowled as many maidens in a T20I match.
After being invited to bat first, the Indian middle-order struggled to convert starts on a slow pitch, settling for a modest 130/8. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored for the side with a 34-ball 43.
However, the Indian spinners exploited the favourable conditions to make life tough for the visitors, who were bowled out for 119 in 19.5 overs.
Apart from Deepti (3/8), left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, leg-break bowler Poonam Yadav and pacer Shikha Pandey took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, the 15-year-old Shafali Verma was dismissed for a four-ball duck on her much-anticipated debut.
A 46-run stand between Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma (16 from 16 balls) seemed to revive India’s innings but medium pacer Nadine de Klerk (2/10) removed both of them in a space of three balls to deny the home team a flourishing finish.
The fourth-wicket partnership ended when wicketkeeper Lizelle Lee caught Deepti off De Klerk, who also trapped the Indian skipper.
After Verma’s fall, Smriti Mandhana batted in her usual aggressive manner, scoring 21 off 16 balls with four boundaries before falling to Nondumiso Shangase.
Jemimah Rodrigues (19 off 25) and Veda Krishnamurthi (10 off 11) also could not last long at the crease.
Indian women: 130 for 8 in 2 overs (H Kaur 43, SS Mandhana 23; S Ismail 3/26, N de Klerk 2/10).
South Africa women” 119 all out in 19.5 overs. (M du Preez 59, L Wolvaardt 14; D Sharma 3/8, S Pandey 2/18)
(With PTI inputs)
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