India Women vs South Africa Women 3rd ODI Highlights: India won the third and final ODI by six runs in a thrilling match against South Africa at Reliance Stadium, in Vadodara on Monday to complete a 3-0 clean sweep against the visitors.
After electing to bat first, India lost Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues early in the innings, as the hosts were reduced to 5/2. After a brief stint, both Punam Raut and Mithali Raj were also sent packing with the run rate plummetting for India. Harmanpreet Kaur and Shikha Pandey showed some resistance as the pair added 49 runs for the seventh wicket. After their dismissal, the Proteas quickly wrapped up the Indian tail bundling them on 146 in 45.5 overs.
Starting very brightly with Lizelle Lee, South Africa looked assuring to win the match but after Mansi Joshi claiming her wicket, everything went haywire for Sune Luus-led side. India’s spin attack was too much to handle for the Proteas, as Ekta Bisht bagged three, and both Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad scalped two each. Jemimah Rodrigues wrapped up the batting order, bundling South Africa on 140 in 48 overs.
India Women vs South Africa Women (INDW vs SAW) 3rd ODI Highlights:
Tumi Sekhukhune just came on to partner Ayabonga Khaka, and she has fallen to Jemimah Rodrigues' sixth ball of the match, and India win! They win by six runs, thanks to an extraordinary bowling performance in Vadodara after putting a meagre total of just 147 runs. The hosts have whitewashed the visiting South Africa, as India win the ODI series by 3-0!
Harmanpreet Kaur makes up for her wide ball, as she claims the wicket of Shabnim Ismail as the pacer is caught near the boundary as she went for the maximum by Punam Raut. India need just one more wicket, while South Africa need nine more runs. SA W are 138/9 after 46.3 overs.
What a turnaround! Ekta Bisht dislodges Nondumiso Shangase after she fumbles her catch, but an oncoming Mansi Joshi plucks the ball clean out of air. Bisht finishes her spell with a maiden and with the figures 3/32. SA W are 137/8 after 46 overs.
SA nearing victory
Both Shabnim Ismail and Nondumiso Shangase are doing more than they were expected of, as they have got 14 runs from the last four overs, bringing South Africa very close to their victory. They just need 12 runs from 40 balls. SA W are 136/7 after 44 overs.
Tailenders trying to survive
Mithali Raj has figured out that her spinners will wreak the mot damage against the tailenders, and that's why Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad keep the barrage going on. Just the three runs off last four overs. SA W are 122/7 after 40 overs.
Marizanne Kapp couldn't defend Deepti Sharma's ball properly, and the Indian spinner trapped her good. Kapp leaves for 29, and leaves her team in a dire situation with Nondumiso Shangase and Shabnim Ismail on strike. Although South Africa need just 28 runs from 83 balls, India have the momentum with them. SA W are 119/7 after 36.1 overs.
Kapp shouldering responsibility
Ever since South Africa suffered the loss of Sune Luus, they have taken the quiet route, trying to save their wickets with Marizanne Kapp leading the way for Shabnim Ismail. Scoring just three from three overs, the last two overs has seen India conceding ten runs. Kapp's on 27*, and on her way to get the remaining 31 runs., SA W are 116/6 after 35 overs.
Ekta Bisht delivers for Mithali Raj and her girls, as she caught and bowls the South Africa captain out, breaking the 40-run partnership between Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp. India need four more wickets, while South Africa need 44 more runs. SA W are 103/6 after 29.4 overs.
SA taking it easy
Although Shikha Pandey and Rajeshwari Gayakwad have been economical in their last overs, India can't find a breakthrough right now. Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp are holding steady, with the captain on 17* and the allrounder on 15*. SA W 93/5 after 27 overs.
Luus provides stability
Sune Luus, the South Africa captain has taken over the reins of the batting attack now. With 15 runs coming from the previous two overs, she has kept the chase going. But Rajeshwari Gayakwad kept her good form with the ball going and conceded just a single. SA W are 84/5 after 23 overs.
Three overs without a boundary, with both the players floundering with their bat, and on comes Rajeshwari Gayakwad to double the pain for the Proteas. Lara Goodall is sent back to the pavilion after being bowled by the spinner. India are really fighting here with such a low target, and a win is looking likely. SA W are 63/5 after 17.1 overs.
India have got their groove on, as they prove to be a bit much for the South African batting order now. After Deepti Sharma caught and bowled the dangerous Mignon du Preez who had hit Ekta Bisht for two boundaries in the last over itself, the spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad now traps the opener, Laura Wolvaardt. She departs on 23. SA W are 54/4 after 14 overs.
Although Trisha Chetty and Laura Wolvaardt were looking to form a good partnership with confident strokes, incoming Ekta Bisht dismisses Chetty on her fourth ball of the innings. The capped bowler's ball wasn't handled properly by the South Africa wicketkeeper, and she was caught by Deepti Sharma. SA W are 31/2 after 7.4 overs.
After hitting Mansi Joshi for a boundary in the first ball of the over, Lizelle Lee is dismissed after getting caught behind by Taniya Bhatia. India get their first breakthrough. SA W are 17/1 after 3.3 overs.
Proteas begin their chase
Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt begin South Africa's chase of 147 runs, and they have begun quite well. Playing against Shikha Pandey and Mansi Joshi, they have already hit two fours, with one coming in this over from Lee against Shikha. Eight runs off the over. SA W are 13/0 after 3 overs.
South Africa women bundle out the hosts on 146. Harmanpreet Kaur scored the highest runs among the Indians, while Marizanne Kapp emerged as the standout bowler for the visitors.
Tumi Sekhukhune gets the big wicket of Shikha Pandey as she departs after scoring 35 from 40 balls. The ball was pitched up and Pandey decided to loft it over the mid-on fielder but unfortunate for her as Ayabonga Khaka stands tall and completes a brilliant running catch. India are struggling at 133/8 after 42.2 overs.
Marizanne Kapp strikes as the ball clips the inside edge of Harmanpreet's bat and knocks off the stump. She departs after scoring 38 from 76 balls as India Women are reduced to 120/7 at the end of 38.5 overs.
Hundred and counting
This has been a brilliant partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur and Shikha Pandey for the seventh wicket, where the two have partnered each other for 36 runs in just 46 balls. Harmanpreet is on 32*, while Shikha is on 22*. India have scored 23 runs from the last four overs, and the runrate's on the rise. IND W are 107/6 after 37 overs.
Pandey instills hope
Shikha Pandey has instilled some urgency in this team, as she hits two fours in two overs to Nondumiso Shangase and Sune Luus. Nine runs from the last two, only one from this one, but it has been better for India. IND W are 84/6 after 33 overs.
And that's wicket number six, as Taniya Bhatia is bowled out after she went for a sweep. Sune Luus claims the wicket. The Indian wicketkeeper departs for 6. IND W are 71/6 after 29.2 overs.
IND looking clueless
India aren't looking good though, almost imitating a wounded wolf in the twilight of its life, as they have just scored four runs from the last four overs. Harmanpreet Kaur is soldiering on at 14*, while Taniya Bhatia is on 3*. IND W are 59/5 after 26 overs.
After a short 16-run partnership between the all-rounders, Deepti Sharma departs after her shot was caught by Lizelle Lee. Shabnim Ismail gets the second wicket of her day, and sends India further down the sinking hole. With 11 runs from last two overs, this will be a heavy blow to the confidence of Indians, just when things were clicking. IND W are 55/5 after 22.1 overs.
After Harmanpreet Kaur hit Ayabonga Khaka for her first boundary of the innings, Mithali Raj tries to go big and loses her wicket. Poor shot selection from the 36-year-old veteran against Marizanne Kapp, and she is caught out by Shabnim Ismail. IND W are 39/4 after 16.3 overs.
After 43 balls since the last boundary, the captain takes responsibility and delivers an eye-soothing boundary against Ayabonga Khaka. 6 runs from the over, still the runrate is just 2.21. India have to change things quickly now, or else they will continue to crumble further. Mithali Raj's on 9* from 37 balls, while Harmapreet Kaur's on 1* from 7 balls. IND W are 31/3 after 14 overs.
Punam Raut felt a bit restless with the runrate and paid the price to Ayabonga Khaka's deadly inseaming ball, which dislodged the bails and half-uprooted the middle stump. Raut departs having scored 15 from 33 balls. On comes Harmanpreet Kaur. IND W are 23/3 after 12 overs.
Mithali, Raut standing firm
After a failed LBW shout by Marizanne Kapp on Mithali Raj in the previous over, Punam Raut begins the new one with a quick double against Ayabonga Khaka. Just the four runs from the over. India have been playing quite safely here, taking minimum risks. IND W are 23/2 after 10 overs.
If it ain't broke, don't change it and that's what Raut does, as she hits Shabnim Ismail to the square of wicket this time. She is on 11* from 19 balls now, while Mithali Raj, even after facing 16 balls, is yet to score a single run. Four runs from the over. IND W are 16/2 after 7 overs.
Raut gets it going
With the captain on the crease, Punam Raut has added confidence after the initial speedbump faced by India, as she hits Marizanne Kapp for the first boundary of the match. Full length delivery, and she hits it square of the wicket. Mithali Raj still yet to score a run though. IND W are 11/2 after 4 overs.
Well, well, well, it's all going bad to worse for India here, as Jemimah Rodrigues' leading edge is taken by Lizelle Lee. Marizanne Kapp with the wicket. Jemimah goes back for 3 off 3 balls. IND W are 5/2 after 2 overs.
Shabnim Ismail started off with a deadly delivery, and her attack reaps rewards as Priya Punia goes on the fourth ball of the innings itself. Careless shot, and Punia's taken by Trisha Chetty, the wicketkeeper. The Women in Blue have been dealt an early blow. IND W are 1/1 after 0.4 overs.
India opt to bat first
Mithali Raj has won the toss, and she chooses to bat first for the first time in the series, having successfully chased South Africa two times before.
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Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the third and final ODI between India Women and South Africa Women. Having won the previous two matches and already clinched the series, Mithali Raj's girls would be looking to whitewash the Proteas. Stay tuned for more!