India women eye series win against South Africa

Last Updated 06 February 2018, 12:13 IST

Dominant in the series opener, the Indian women's cricket team would now look to seal the issue when it takes on South Africa in the second ODI of the three-match series, here on Wednesday.

Seven months after a stupendous show in the World Cup, the Indian women's team shook off rustiness with ease with a crushing 88-run win over South Africa in the lung opener here on Tuesday.

The three-match series, also a first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship, gives both the teams a chance to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup.

After runners-up finish in the World Cup, Mithali Raj and her team did not play any international games -- thanks to lackadaisical planning on the part of the BCCI.

And the ongoing three-match series against South Africa was considered a big challenge for the Indians to get back into the groove.

But in the first ODI, the Indian women never looked short of match practice as they shone bright in all departments to comfortably outclass the home team.

Electing to bat, the Indian women rode on left-handed batswoman Smriti Mandhana's (84 off 98) half-century and skipper Mithali Raj's 45 to post 213 for seven before the pace duo of Jhulan Goswami (4/24) and Shikha Pandey (3/23) shared seven wickets between them to bundle out South Africa for 125.

Leg-break bowler Poonam Yadav too excelled with the ball registering figures of 2 for 22 from her nine overs.

South Africa, on the other hand, would be disappointed with their batting effort after being shot out for just 125 in 43.2 overs.

(Published 06 February 2018, 11:52 IST)

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