India vs South Africa (Ind vs SA) Women’s 6th T20I Highlights: South Africa beat India by 105 runs in the sixth and final T20I match at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Friday. The T20I series ends 3-1 in India’s favour, but South Africa can take heart from this big win in the final match of the series.
South Africa posted 175/3 in their 20 overs in the sixth and final T20I match at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Friday. Lizelle Lee’s 47-ball 86 propelled the visiting team to a big total in this final match of the series. India needed 176 for victory, but were always struggling to put up a fight owing to regular wickets. India’s collapse went from bad to worse through the chase, with the only semblance of a fight being put up by Veda Krishnamurthy (26) and Arundhati Reddy (22). The teams now move on to an ODI series.
India vs South Africa 6th T20I Highlights:
South Africa win by 105 runs
This is a massive win for the visitors. A consolation win, since India had already taken a 3-0 lead in the series before this match. But what a statement of intent this was from the Proteas. Bodes well for them as we move into the upcoming ODI series. Lizelle Lee was the star for the visiting team in the first innings as South Africa posted a massive target of 176 for India. India kept losing wickets from the outset and were never really in with a shout in this chase. The series ends 3-1 in India's favour though.
Anuja falls in the 18th over. Poonam Yadav joins Mansi with three overs left. But she is out for a duck. India lose their 10th wicket. This is a big win!
Arundhati Reddy the next woman to depart chasing a big shot. India lose their 8th wicket. Arundhati's 22 is the 2nd highest individual score from the home team today. India 70/8 after 16 overs
Veda is out
Veda Krishanmurthy's rearguard effort comes to an end. She departs for a 24-ball 26. India lose their 7th wicket. 62/7 after 13.4 overs. Mansi Joshi comes in at No.9.
IND 58/6 after 13 overs
This partnership now inching up to be worth more than 50 runs. If only the top order had delivered better, this could have been such a great chase. As of now though, India need 114 runs off 41 balls. And for all of Veda's big hitting, one has to imagine this is a target too far for the home team.
IND 41/6 after 11 overs
It is ironical but this 26-run partnership between Arundhati and Veda is the highest partnership in this innings by far. Veda has looked comfortbale, as she gets her score into the 20s. Looks like she has been batting on a different pitch than her teammates.
India 24/6 after 9 overs
Arundhati Reddy gives some rare joy to the Indian fans with a slash for four on the off side to end the 9th over. There has been no respite for the chasing team today. The wickets have kept falling and the match has continued going out of India's reach. They now need 151 runs in 11 overs. Veda is known to be a big hitter but she'll need to come up with a special effort if India are to take anything from today.
The collapse goes from bad to worse for the India team. Deepti Sharma is also out in an attempt to go for the big shot. She goes for a 8-ball 2. India 13/5 after 6 overs.
Smriti Mandhana the fourth wicket to fall. De Kerk gets a wicket off her first ball. Smriti goes the aerial route but cannot time it nearly well enough. India 13/4 after 5.1 overs and reeling. Veda Krishnamurthy comes out at No.6.
Harmanpreet's wicket follows the two early wickets in quick time. India are falling apart quite early in this chase. Deepti Sharma joins Smriti as two left-handers take guard. India 10/3 after 3.4 overs and in deep trouble.
Rodrigues out for a duck
Two in two! India 4/2! And there's a hat-trick ball incoming from Ismail. Harmanpreet comes out at No.4 to face the hat-trick ball. Negotiates it safely. Smriti and Harmanpreet in the middle for India with 2 early wickets having made this challenging chase even more difficult. India 4/2 after 2.4 overs
There have been no runs since that big shot from Shefali in the first over. Smriti played six dot balls in the 2nd over. And there the pressure tells! Shefali holes out in trying to go for another big shot. India 4/1 after 2.2 overs. Disastrous start for the chasing team.
India begin chase
New opener Shefali Verma and Smriti Mandhana walk out to begin the chase for India. There's a big total to be chased down today. India have not been tested this way in this series so far. Let us see how the top order deal with the pressure of a big chase. Shefali goes big off the third ball of the over. Slams the ball to long on. One bounce and across the ropes. India get off their scoring with an emphatic boundary.
SA 175/3 after 20 overs
South Africa post 175/3 in their 20 overs. That's the highest total they have put up this series. In fact, this is the 2nd highest total in T20Is for them ever. Lizelle Lee's 47-ball 86 was the big difference between the sides in the first innings. Could India find it in themselves to chase down this big target? Or will the visitors finally get a win in the series?
Deepti bowls the 20th
Deepti Sharma surprisingly will bowl just the 3 overs today. There's been a bit of slump in the scoring because of the wickets of the set top order batsmen. De Clerk and Wolvaardt doing well to keep the scoreboard ticking wit ones and twos though. 173/3 with two balls left.
Wicket for Harmanpreet
Harmanpreet has a wry smile on her face as she gets Luus out stumped. Captain gets captain. Quick piece of work by the keeper. South Africa three down with 163 on the board. Nine balls left for the SA middle order to add to this already imposing total.
South Africa 161/2 after 18 overs. Du Preez departs after a breezy 13. Arundhati gets a wicket with her last ball today. SA looking to smash everything out in these last overs to get as many as they can on the board. The huge opening partnership between Luus (who is still out there on 61, and Lee setting up the team to go for this approach now. Harmanpreet Kaur brings herself on to bowl the 19th over!
First joy of the night for India. Lizelle Lee is out after a blistering innings of 84 off 47 balls. Poonam Yadav gets the breakthrough. The ball went high up in the air. Shefali Verma comes under it and holds on to it well. Mignon du Preez comes out to join Luus. SA 145/1 after 16.2 overs
Lizelle Lee racking up records
Lizelle Lee gets her score ino the 80s. This is her highest T20I score. This is the highest individual score by a South African woman in this format too, And she looks set to become the first to score a century in this format as well. SA 143/0 after 15.3 overs
This is the 3rd highest partnership in T20Is by a South African pair and the highest in the last five years.
Luus gets in on the action
Sune Luus gets her fifty up with a magnificent boundary down fine leg, and now both the openers are in song now. Things are looking bleak now for India, as they still can't find a breakthrough. The opening partnership continues to grow stronger. 15 runs from Mansi Joshi's over. SA are 124/0 after 13 overs.
Fifty up for Lee
Lizelle Lee makes the most of the ordinary bowling display by the Indians and brings up her half-century with a boundary. She continued to frustrate Arundhati Reddy throughout the rest of the over, with some innovative batting. Nine runs from the over. SA are 96/0 after 11 overs.
SA 87/0 after 10 overs
Lizelle Lee goes hard after Anuja as well. She has gone into berserk mode here. She gets her score to 46, batting at a strike rate of 170.
SA 78/0 after 9 overs
Lizelle Lee is making her mark in this match. Goes across the line and takes to her knees and smashes Poonam Yadav to the fine leg fence. She gets her score into the 40s in no time. Harmanpreet goes back to Anuja. Every one of the India bowlers have gone for runs today. Who bails Harmanpreet out today?
SA 67/0 after 8 overs
South Africa had said they were targetting a score of around 125. Looks like they will get much more than that based on how they are progressing. Poonam Yadav, who gave away just 2 runs in her last over, is also hit for her first boundary in the 9th over.
Deepti Sharma brought back to stop the run flow but she too goes for runs. This is the highest partnership between a South African pair for any wicket in the series. Poonam Yadav brought on to bowl the 7th over. Can she put a check on this rampage from the South Africa openers? Looks like she can! She concedes just 2 runs in her over. SA 59/0 after 7 overs.
Joshi takes a beating
18 runs come in the 4th over. That is a BIG over. Lizelle Lee slams three back-to-back boundaries in that over. Anuja Patil continues bowling from the other end and she is slammed for two consecutive fours as well. South Africa are on a rampage here! 45/0 after 4.3 overs.
19/0 after 3 overs
South Africa have got off to a decent start. They are keeping the scoreboard ticking and going for the big shot when it is on offer. There has been some good work in the field from the Indians today. Mansi Joshi saves 2 runs at the third man boundary. She bowls the 4th over but yet again starts off with a loosener which is slammed for 4 to the on side.
7 runs off the first over
One boundary from Lizelle Lee in that iver. Some help on offer visible for spin in that first over itself. Mansi Joshi comes on to bowl the 2nd over and starts off with a loosener. Slammed for four on the leg side.
Players take the field
Business as usual for Harmanpreet as she leads her girls out to a packed stadium for her 100th T20I. The Surat stadium has turned up in numbers for all the matches of this series. Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus come out to open for the Proteas. There's a lot that depends on this pair if South Africa are to post a big score. Deepti Sharma starts off for India.
The South Africa captain says her team is looking to put up a score of around 125. They're keeping their ambitions in check clearly.
Meanwhile, the team selection from India has been interesting today. They've included some players who have not got a game yet in the series. Three fast bowlers in the lineup today.
South Africa win toss, elect to bat
The Indian team will field first. South Africa win the toss and decide they will bat first.
India Women (Playing XI): Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi
South Africa Women (Playing XI): Sune Luus(c), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Anne Bosch, Sinalo Jafta(w), Shabnim Ismail, Nondumiso Shangase, Ayabonga Khaka