South Africa set India a daunting target of 274

South Africa set India a daunting target of 274

South Africa set India a daunting target of 274
South Africa opener Lizelle Lee hammered 92 off 65 balls before Dane van Niekerk played a captain's innings to guide the team to 273 for nine against India in Women's World Cup here today.

Indian bowlers bounced back after Lee's brutal attack at the top of the order but South Africa captain Niekerk revived the South African innings with a crucial 57 off 66 balls.

South Africa managed to post a challenging total after India opted to field at Grace Road here.

Though India had got the better of South Africa in their recent battles, it would be interesting to see how they approach the chase. Their highest successful chase is 245, coming against the same opponents.

A fifth win from as many games will virtually seal India's place in the semifinals while a South Africa win will keep them alive in the competition.

India were put under severe pressure early on as Lee's brutal attack propelled South Africa to 71 for one in 10 overs.

The conditions were ideal for batting and Lee made the most of it, hitting as much as 10 fours and seven sixes.

She missed out on a well deserved hundred after being trapped in front of the stumps by offie Harmanpreet Kaur (2/18), leaving South Africa at 134 for three in the 21st over.

From there on, the Indian bowlers were able to contain the opposition batters by taking wickets at regular intervals.

Pacer Shikha Pandey, brought back into the side in place of Mansi Joshi, was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 40 runs from nine overs.

India's most prolific spinner in the tournament, Ekta Bisht, proved expensive leaking 68 runs in nine overs though she did take a couple of wickets.

She went for as much as 20 runs in the 46th over when Niekerk and Chloe Tyron whacked her for three sixes.

India were well on course to restrict South Africa under 250 but Niekerk spoiled their plans with a timely half century.
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