The South African girls’s workforce’s top-order batters fired in unison and helped their workforce clinch the five-match sequence in opposition to India with a seven-wicket victory within the fourth ODI on Sunday. Chasing 267, Lizelle Lee (69), Laura Wolvaardt (53), Mignon du Preez (61) and Lara Goodall (59 not out) shone because the guests accomplished the duty in 48.4 overs for an unassailable 3-1 lead within the rubber. A poor squad choice by new committee underneath Neetu David value India dearly because the hosts paid the value for ignoring Shafali Verma’s aptitude in batting and Shikha Pandey’s expertise in bowling.
The win meant seasoned Punam Raut’s third ODI hundred and veteran Harmanpreet Kaur’s scintillating 35-ball 54 went in useless.
South Africa had been within the sport when the opening duo of final match centurion Lizelle Lee and skipper Laura Wolvaardt had been going nice weapons, placing on 116 runs in 23 overs.
Mixing warning with aggression, each stored the scorecard transferring at a reasonably price till Harmanpreet Kaur effected a having the harmful Lee trapped in entrance of the wicket for a 75-ball 69.
Joined by Lara Goodall, Wolvaardt couldn’t keep lengthy sufficient after Lee’s dismissal, getting out shortly after reaching her half century.
Goodall acquired a life when Sushma Verma missed a stumping and within the subsequent supply, the batter stepped out and performed an inside-out shot for a boundary.
After that, Goodall hit off-spinner Deepti Sharma waist-high full toss exterior off to the quilt boundary.
Du Preez then smashed left-arm spinner Radha Yadav for 3 successive boundaries — two by means of the purpose area and one into the deep sq. leg fence — because the guests introduced the equation to 61 runs within the final 10 overs.
Du Preez had, the truth is, set the ball rolling by hitting Poonam Yadav for a six and 4 within the 34th over, lifting her workforce from 148/4 to 162.
They wanted 97 within the final 15 overs. Du Preez carried on in the identical vein till she fell to Rajeshwari Gayakwad whereas attempting to loft one over mid-on.
However Goodall stayed until the tip to information her workforce to victory. Earlier, the 31-year-old Raut struck 10 boundaries in her unbeaten 104.
Harmanpreet smashed seven fours and a six, reaching her half-century in solely 33 balls earlier than falling to a slower ball.
Quickly after, Raut acquired to her century in 119 balls with a single. Previous to that, Raut added 103 runs for the third wicket with skipper Mithali Raj (45 off 71 balls), who turned the only player in women’s cricket to complete 7,000 ODI runs earlier than getting out within the second powerplay.
Failing to make most of an opportunity she acquired within the earlier over, Mithali drove one within the air for Shabnim Ismail to finish operating catch.
The century partnership laid the inspiration for a difficult whole in opposition to a South African aspect that received each their matches within the five-match sequence whereas chasing.
After Mithali’s dismissal, Raut joined forces with the flamboyant Harmanpreet so as to add one other 88 runs in fast time.
Harmanpreet was in her component straightaway, hitting two boundaries to kick-start her innings.
In her inimitable type, the India T20 captain went about taking part in her strokes because the 200 got here up within the forty first over.
What aided Harmanpreet’s free-flowing sport was the presence of a well-settled Raut on the different finish, who was content material to maintain the scoreboard ticking as her swashbuckling accomplice went after the South African bowlers.
Having performed some unbelievable photographs throughout her keep within the center, Raut, a veteran of 70 ODIs, acquired to the 90s when she deftly guided Ismail to the third-man boundary.
Amid the flurry of boundaries, medium pacer Marizanne Kapp produced a superb forty sixth over and conceded simply 4 runs.
Anne Bosch continued the nice work and gave away solely 5 within the subsequent over.
However Harmanpreet broke the shackles when she used her energy to ship off-spinner Nondumiso Shangase over deep midwicket for a most.
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