India Women cruised to victory over South Africa Women in the 2nd ODI in Kimberley.
An impressive India outfit dominated from start to finish in the second ODI against South Africa at the Diamond Oval, with Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav contributing star performances.
South Africa won the toss and elected to field before India piled on the runs. Twenty-one-year-old opening batter Mandhana was the linchpin of India’s innings, with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy claiming fifties and excelling in the finisher roles to take India up to 302/3 from their 50 overs. The latter wowed the crowd with 51 from just 33 deliveries, while Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj both scored 20.
It didn’t take long for India to stamp their authority, and they refused to relinquish it throughout. Mandhana hit a brilliant 135 from 129 deliveries, which included 14 fours and one six, while her 134-run third-wicket stand with Kaur guided the hosts into a commanding position.
Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk (0/38 from 10 overs) and Marizanne Kapp (0/41 from nine) were the only South African bowlers to escape with an economy rate lower than six.
Kapp’s opening partner Ayabonga Khaka was the most expensive bowler, being flayed for 63 runs off her eight overs, while van Niekerk must have been left ruing her decision to insert the visitors.
After the break, South Africa put on 32 for the first wicket and a further 32 for the second, but thereafter India picked up regular scalps as the hosts stumbled their way to 124 all out from just 30.5 overs.
Opener Lizelle Lee produced a defiant 77 – South Africa’s only real resistance – with Kapp the only other batter reaching double figures with 17. The hosts other individual scores were a disappointing 9, 6, 3, 2, 7, 1, 0, 4 and 0.
It wasn’t just poor batting, however. India only gifted their opponents two extras, and the bulk of their bowling battery proved both economical and threatening. Poonam Yadav was the standout performer with 4/24, while spin duo Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma picked up two apiece.
However, the highlight of the day came when 35-year-old opening bowler Jhulan Goswami claimed her 200th ODI scalp with the wicket of Laura Wolvaardt, becoming the first woman to reach the milestone.
India are now 2-0 up in the series having also claimed an 88-run win in the first ODI. The two sides will meet again for their third and final ODI on Saturday at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. This clash was the 11th match of the ICC Women's Championship, which runs from 2017-2021.
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