In a rain curtailed outing on Tuesday, the Women in Blue pocketed the T20 series 2-0 against South Africa on Tuesday at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat. Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the visitors gave away for too many runs than expected as the hosts put on a challenging 140-4 in 17 overs, riding on 15-year old Shafali Verma’s gritty 46 (33) and 19-year old Jemimah Rodrigues’ blistering 33 (22). Among the wickets was Nadine de Klerk who struck with 2-24 in her three overs, with Tumi Sekhukhune and Ayabonga Khaka picking up solitary wicket each.
Chasing 141, the Proteas were reduced to a paltry 89-7 in 17 overs, courtesy Poonam Yadav’s brilliant bowling spell where she picked up 3-13 in her three overs. Radha Yadav was the perfect partner as she chipped in with 2-16 in her three. The Yadav duo spun the web to trap the South Africans, who fell short of 51 runs. Tazmin Brits (20) and Laura Wolvaardt (23) were the only two batters to score in double digits for the visitors.
The two sides meet on Thursday to play the fifth T20 of the six-match series. India lead the series 2-0 with two games being washed out without a ball being bowled.
(Juili has represented Mumbai Women’s Team, she is an IIT’ian while also does Cricket Journalism)