Lizelle Lee’s statement of intent and Harmanpreet Kaur’s finishing act
India v South Africa
Lizelle Lee’s statement of intent
South Africa Women had not used their feet against the Indian bowlers in the 49-run loss in the Super Six match of the Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017. So the team management had a word about it and decided to play with a bit more intent when the two teams faced off in the final at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday (February 21).
Lizelle Lee, an attacking opener known for her sixes, led the way with a brisk 31-ball 37 as South Africa went on to post 244 – it’s highest-ever total against India.
She started with a drive to the point fence in the first over, but the shot that defined the mood in the dressing room came in the penultimate ball of the fifth over. Shikha Pandey was given a field for an offside attack. Lee waited for the full ball and swung her bat to hit a straight six over long-off.
She had an opening stand of 51 with Laura Wolvaardt before getting out in the last ball of the Power Play overs. But by then she had set the template for the innings.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s finishing act
India had never chased such a big target and it boiled down to nine needed off the final over with only two wickets in hand.
Poonam Yadav was run out at the non-striker’s end going for a run off the first ball, and then everything depended on Harmanpreet Kaur’s calmness. She refused to take a single for the next three balls as the equation became eight needed off two balls.
That is when Matshipi Letsoalo bowled in Harmanpreet’s arc. She swung it for a six over midwicket, and then hit the next ball in the air on the legside to complete India’s 13th ODI win on the trot.