India clinched the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s T20 series with an emphatic, 54-run victory over the Momentum Proteas at PPC Newlands on Saturday. They concluded their outing with a 3-1 win after the fourth match was washed out in Centurion on Wednesday.
Mithali Raj was the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series after she hit a 50-ball 62 runs (8x4s, 3x6s), following up on her back-to-back half-centuries in the first two matches of the series. She, along with Jemimah Rodrigues (44 off 34 balls) and Harmanpreet Kaur (27* off 17) set up the visitors’ competitive 166/4 after they were put in to bat first.
Breakthroughs were a struggle to come by for the hosts as India’s top order took advantage of their boundary options and maintained a good strike rate. Marizanne Kapp (1/22), Shabnim Ismail (1/35) and Ayabonga Khaka (1/41) were the only bowlers who managed to strike, Kapp also getting the run out of Veda Krishnamurthy (8) off the last ball of the innings.
In comparison, South Africa’s start with the bat did not go as planned. They found themselves in early trouble when they lost their top five for just 44 runs in 8.5 overs. Their highest individual score was 27 runs from number seven batter, Kapp (27 off 21 balls), followed by Chloe Tryon’s 25 off 17 balls.
India’s Shikha Pandey (3/16), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/26) and Rumeli Dhar (3/26) took nine wickets between them, with Poonam Yadav (1/25) chipping in with one to wrap up the hosts and the series in convincing fashion.