India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Women’s: India started the ODI series on a high, winning the first ODI against South Africa by eight wickets at Reliance Stadium, Vadodra in Gujarat. The hosts chased down 165 runs in 41.4 overs with 8 wickets in hand and now lead the three-match ODI series 1-0. Priya Punia scored unbeaten 75 runs from 124 balls including 8 fours.
Jhulan Goswami got India off to a terrific start, taking the wicket of in-form opener Lizelle Lee with a sharp in-swinger. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht’s loopy off-spinners got rid of wicketkeeper-batswoman Trisha Chetty and Mignon du Preez. Both batters got stumped out. Laura Wolvaardt and skipper Sune Luus failed to convert starts into big scores. Wickets kept falling from the other end but Marizanne Kapp held on to one end. Kapp scored her first ODI half-century against India. Goswami got the wicket of Kapp and ended the innings with 29 balls to go.
India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Women's 1st ODI Highlights:
India gave a dominating performance at the start of the ODI series as they beat visitors South Africa by eight wickets on Wednesday. Priya Punia remains unbeaten on 75 of 123 balls on her ODI debut.
150 up for India
150 comes up in the 38th over. India's scoring rate has come down but they wouldn't care, with just 15 needed to win this match now. India are 150/2 (38).
WICKET! Punam Raut is given out LBW and she walks back for a 38-ball 16. De Klerk, who struck regularly for SA in the T20I series, with the wicket. Mithali Raj comes to the crease.
India cross 100
In 25 overs, the Indian women cricket team crosses the 100-run mark with loss of one wicket. They need another 64 runs to win.
Debutante Nondumiso Shangase gets her first wicket in the first over she bowled. Shangase traps Rodrigues in front of the stumps. The 19-year-old departs for 55 from 65 deliveries. IND W - 81/1 in 20.4 overs
Jemimah Rodrigues gets to her second ODI half-century from 62 deliveries. Rodrigues has led India's run chase. The 19-year-old has done well in opener Smriti Mandhana's absence. IND W - 77/0 in 20 overs
Jemimah Rodrigues hits two boundaries off Nadine de Klerk's first over. Rodrigues has moved to 36 whereas Priya Punia is batting on 14. The South African bowlers are still searching for their first wicket. IND W - 57/0 in 14 overs, Target - 165
End of first powerplay overs
This has been a decent start for India in the first powerplay overs. Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues have not taken unnecessary chances to increase the scoring rate. The required run rate is under control. SA W - 35/0 in 10 overs
Priya Punia gets a second chance. Mignon du Preez drops a sitter at short mid-wicket. Tumi Sekhukhune almost got the breakthrough in her first over. IND W - 30/0 in 8 overs
Priya Punia has played four balls and scored four singles from them. On the other hand, Jemimah Rodrigues is looking for boundaries and trying to pierce the field for twos and threes. IND W - 19/0 in 4 overs
India's run chase underway
Chasing a target of 165, India are off to a positive start. Jemimah Rodrigues gets off the mark with a boundary. Priya Punia gets off the mark with a single on her debut ODI. IND W - 6/0 in 1 over
Jhulan Goswami wraps up South Africa's innings. Marizanne Kapp tries to take her on but could not clear the covers fielder Punam Raut. An easy catch for her. Kapp departs for 54 from 64 deliveries. SA W - 164 all out in 45.1 overs
Marizanne Kapp hits her first half-century against India, her eight in ODI cricket. Kapp reaches her fifty from 62 deliveries with a boundary towards wide on. SA - 164/9 in 45 overs
Tumi Sekhukhune tries to work the ball towards leg side but it takes a leading edge and carries to the silly point. Second wicket for Poonam Yadav. SA W - 158/9 in 44.3 overs
Jhulan Goswami comes back into the attack and takes the wicket of debutant Nondumiso Shangase. An easy catch for Jemimah Rodrigues at second slip. Brilliant captaincy from Mithali Raj, having a slip in place for the debutant. SA W - 128/8 in 33 overs
Shabnam Ismail finally loses patience. Ismail comes down the track trying to get to the pitch of the ball but edges it to wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatiya. Poonam Yadav takes her first wicket of the day. South Africa clearly struggling in the middle overs and now fear getting all out. SA W - 115/7 in 30 overs
Shikha's double blow!
First, Shikha Pandey gets rid of skipper Sune Luus with a slower delivery. Luus played that one early and Pandey completed an easy catch to her right. She followed it up with a straighter delivery getting rid of Nadine de Klerk for a two-ball duck. South Africa Women are in danger now with six wickets down already. SA W - 103/6 in 25 overs
Deepti bowls MAGIC DELIVERY!
Deepti Sharma gets the wicket of Laura Wolvaardt with a delivery that is every off-spinner's dream. Deepti turns the ball into the stumps from outside the off-stump beating Wolvaadrt's bat. The ball hits the off stump as Wolvaardt misses the ball on the drive. She departs for 39. SA W - 89/4 in 21.4 overs
Wolvaardt, Luus do damage control
Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus are trying to string together a partnership after three wickets. Spinners Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav have not let the South African batters score freely. SA W - 82/3 in 20 overs
Bisht strikes again!
Ekta Bisht does it again. Bisht bowls that one from way behind the crease. There was no pace on the ball and Mignon du Preez leaned into the shot and went outside the crease. Just when Mignon was looking dangerous, Bisht takes her second wicket of the day. SA W - 56/3 in 12 overs
Ekta Bisht comes into the attack and takes a wicket on the third ball of her over. The left-arm spinner gave the ball flight and Trisha Chetty went for a big shot. Chetty could not get bat on ball but in follow-through, she dragged her back leg outside the crease. Taniya Bhatia takes off the bails in flash. Chetty departs for 14. SA W - 32/2 in 7.3 overs
Wolvaardt controls innings
Laura Wolvaardt is taking her time and taking most of the strike. The scoring rate is more than three runs oper over. Trisha Chetty is taking her time to settle. Chetty is working the ball around for singles. SA W - 17/1 in 5 overs
Pandey from other end
Laura Wolvaardt hits the first boundary of the innings. Full pitched delivery outside off stump and Wolvaardt works it past the point fielder for a boundary. Six runs from Shikha Pandey's first over. SA W - 8/1 in 2 overs
Jhulan Goswami strikes, traps Lizelle Lee in front of the stumps. Goswami has taken a big wicket on the first ball of the match. A sharp in-swinger from the Indian fast bowler and Lee does not offer a shot. Outstanding start for India. SA W - 2/1 in 1 over
Punia, Shangase make debut
Nondumiso Shangase makes her ODI debut today. For India, Priya Punia makes her ODI debut. Punia has been performing consistently in domestic cricket.
IND W: Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia(w), Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav
SA W: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Trisha Chetty(w), Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus(c), Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukhune
Hello and welcome to India Women vs South Africa Women 1st T20I live blog. South African skipper Sune Luus has won the toss and elected to bat first.