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Jhulan Goswami

Mandhana, Goswami put on stunning displays as India restore parity

Ind v SA, 2nd WODI, report

The second ODI of the five-match series followed more or less the same script of the first match, only the roles were reversed as India defeated South Africa by nine wickets.

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After choosing to field first, the Indian attack, led by the legendary Jhulan Goswami, dismantled the South African batting line-up, snuffing them out for 157 in 41 overs. 

Goswami finished with the figures of 4/42, and despite the best efforts of Goodall and skipper Sune Luus – the duo put on a 60-run partnership for the third wicket – South Africa were shot out for a sub-par total. 

There were similarities to how the series opener ebbed and flowed. On that occasion, it was India who struggled after batting first, as they were restricted to 177/9 in their 50 overs, and suffered an eight-wicket loss.

India were off to a flyer, courtesy Smriti Mandhana, who responded to a short-pitched attack with back-to-back sixes on the first two deliveries she faced. Her opening partner Jemimah Rodrigues fell for a 20-ball 9, but Mandhana wasn’t to be stopped.

Her quick-fire 80 off 64 balls deflated the South African bowlers, with India riding on her partnership with an unbroken 138-run stand with Punam Raut, who supported well with an 89-ball 62. The partnership is India’s highest for the second wicket against South Africa in women’s ODIs.

India’s victory was set up by the bowlers, though, and particularly, the veteran Goswami. India were helped by the addition of an extra pace bowler in Mansi Joshi as the duo combined to put pressure from both ends on the South African top order. 

Goswami got the day off to a perfect start for India, trapping Lizelle Lee in front in the very first over. Joshi then had Laura Wolvaardt, and despite Luus putting on a fighting partnership with Goodall, Joshi broke the stand when she had Luus caught behind in the 21st over.

Thereafter, South Africa struggled for a partnership. Goodall sealed up one end and battled to a 77-ball 49 but Mignon du Preez (11), Marizanne Kapp (10) and Trisha Chetty (12) were all dismissed without making much of a dent on the total, with the spinners entering the attack.

India bundled them out in just 41 overs, with Goswami returning a fine 4/42 – she won the Player of the Match award – and the result sets up the third ODI on Friday interestingly. 

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