SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN TOUR OF INDIA 2024

Bowlers lead rout as India square T20I series

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India bowled South Africa out for just 84.
India bowled South Africa out for just 84. © Sportzpics

Led by Pooja Vastrakar's four-fer and Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten half-century, India cruised to a commanding 10-wicket win on Tuesday in the three-match series to finish level on 1-1 in Chennai.

The difference: Middle overs

Following a slow but steady start, South Africa had found a reasonable base for themselves to post a competitive score despite losing some of their key batters in the first half. However, Vastrakar ripped through their middle order and Radha Yadav cleaned up the tail to bundle the visitors out for 84

South Africa

Powerplay: SA make steady start but India strick twice

SA: 39/2 (RR: 6.50; 7x4s, 0x6s)

Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits got going with a slew of boundaries in the first couple of overs. However, the Indian bowlers struck twice in the powerplay, dismissing the two premier batters - Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp. However, Brits ensured a steady start and built the innings in the company of Anne Bosch.

Middle overs: Vastrakar rips through SA's middle order

SA: 41/5 (RR: 3.67; 3x4s, 0x6s)

Bosch and Brits had helped South Africa past the halfway mark at nearly run-a-ball with seven wickets in hand, but then they collapsed. Vastrakar, who had dismissed Marizanne Kapp earlier, returned to dismiss Bosch and Nadine de Klerk in her return spell.

Death overs: Radha Yadav cleans up tail

SA: 4/3 in 2.1 overs (0x4s, 0x6s)

South Africa's attempt to recover following Vastrakar's burst didn't work out too effectively. Radha Yadav had Annerie Dickinson trapped legbefore before Sinola Jafta and Mlaba departed in attempting to slog. Vastrakar cut short South Africa's innings in the 18th over by having Eliz-mari Marx caught behind with an outside edge as she attempted to play a push.

India

Powerplay: India make dominant start

IND: 40/0 (RR: 6.67; 7x4s, 0x6s)

Mandhana got going by slashing Ayabonga Khaka for a couple of boundaries in the opening over. Shafali took time to break free, but brough out a couple of pull shots against Marx, cracking two boundaries in the fifth over. So dominant was India's performance in this period that nearly half of the target was wiped out even before the field restrictions were removed.

Middle overs: Mandhana fifty completes the chase

48 for no loss in 4.5 overs (5x4s, 2x6s)

The Indian openers kept finding boundaries at regular intervals, and barring a reprieve to Shafali at extra cover by Laura Wolvaardt, the hosts didn't offer too many chances in the chase. Mandhana deposited a full toss by de Klerk over the fine leg fence to bring up her half-century in the 11th over and also complete the chase with 55 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: South Africa 84 in 17.1 overs (Tazmin Brits 20, Anne Bosch 17; Pooja Vastrakar 4-13, Radha Yadav 3-6) lost to India 88 for no loss in 10.5 overs (Smriti Mandhana 54*, Shafali Verma 27*) by 10 wickets

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