18th Match, Leicester, Jul 8 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(46/50 ov, target 274)
SA Women won by 115 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa Women
• The Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Van Niekerk and Lee blow India away

Dane van Niekerk returned to the venue of her history-making spell against West Indies to produce a performance par excellence, with bat and ball, to demolish India in Leicester

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Scorecard summary
South Africa Women273/9(50 overs)
India Women158(46 overs)
end of over 463 runs • 1 wicket
IND-W: 158/10CRR: 3.43 • RRR: 29.00 • Need 116 from 24b
Jhulan Goswami43 (79)
Shabnim Ismail9-1-18-1
Sune Luus6-1-27-1

That is all we have from this game. Two matches happening tomorrow, including the big one, between England and Australia, so make sure to join us. Until then,it's goodbye from all of us here.

Dane van Niekerk is the player of the match. No prices for guessing that. "First of all, this goes to Lizelle Lee, I think she deserves it more than I do," she says. "We have good days and bad days, but I am just glad to have been able to perform for the team. I just thought of taking it deep. I knew I could take it away at the back end. Struggled a bit, but it came off in the end. It wasn't as clinical as I had hoped it would be, but a win is a win. She stuck to her guns and she found her groove and her rhythm and it came off today. If I get,in my opinion, the best batter in the world, it's better than getting a fifty."

"We decided to field because of the history at the ground," says Mithali Raj. "People were saying most of the matches here are won chasing. And even the matches we played against South Africa in the qualifiers, we ad won chasing. We did realise that her (Lee) wicket was important, but I give full credit to her batting because her shots were really clean and she did play one of the best innings in the World Cup. Australia is right now at the top and are one of the best sides in the world. It's not going to be easy, but we need to play our best cricket. It obviously doesn't feel good that you were not able to contribute to the team, but it's all a part of the game ad you need to absorb all this."

5.07pm What a one-sided thrashing this has been. This was an important match for South Africa, they had been absolutely walloped by England in Bristol. But they had never lost at this venue in this tournament and they have now made it three in three in Leicester. A win for India would have seen them through to the semi-final. Their position remains unchanged, but they still have to fight it out to make the last four, and against tough opponents. As for South Africa, they have risen to fourth. Dane van Niekerk and her team get down and say their prayers. They have a lot to be thankful for after today's performance.This was an Indian team that was coming on the back of four wins in as many matches. But that juggernaut has been emphatically broken, with the captain van Niekerk playing no small part herself. Stay tuned for the presentations.

Ismail to Poonam Yadav, OUT
and that's the end of it. Fuller, outside off, drawing the batsman forward. Yadav reaches out and sticks the bat out, gets a thick outside edge that is held by the wicketkeeper easily
Poonam Yadav c †Chetty b Ismail 0 (4m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Ismail to Poonam Yadav, no run
sticks her bat out to this wide delivery and gets beaten
Ismail to Goswami, 1 run
full, picks it up from outside off and tries to loft it over the leg side, lands on the bounce in front of deep midwicket
Ismail to Goswami, no run
fuller, driven to covers
Ismail to Goswami, 2 runs
in the air and lands in the middle of nowhere. Chases this wide full delivery and drills it uppishly, deep point runs to her right and fields it at the sweeper cover region
Ismail to Goswami, no run
full, outside off, driven to covers
end of over 45Wicket maiden
IND-W: 155/9CRR: 3.44 • RRR: 23.80 • Need 119 from 30b
Poonam Yadav0 (5)
Jhulan Goswami40 (75)
Sune Luus6-1-27-1
Marizanne Kapp8-1-31-1
Luus to Poonam Yadav, no run
pitched up outside off, driven towards mid-off. Wicket-maiden for Luus
Luus to Poonam Yadav, no run
full on middle and leg, drilled back
Luus to Poonam Yadav, no run
Luus to Poonam Yadav, no run
shuffles across to this back of a length ball and defends into the offside
Luus to Poonam Yadav, no run
fullish length on middle and leg, defended
Luus to Bisht, OUT
back of a length ball, Bisht swivels around and gets a top-edge. The result is a catch for the South Africa captain van Niekerk that she would have taken in her sleep. Doesn't move an inch at square leg
E Bisht c van Niekerk b Luus 13 (20m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 86.66
end of over 4410 runs
IND-W: 155/8CRR: 3.52 • RRR: 19.83 • Need 119 from 36b
Jhulan Goswami40 (75)
Ekta Bisht13 (14)
Marizanne Kapp8-1-31-1
Sune Luus5-0-27-0
Kapp to Goswami, no run
punches to cover
Kapp to Bisht, 1 run
low full toss on leg stump, nudges it through midwicket
Kapp to Goswami, 1 run
full on off stump, drives to deep cover
Kapp to Goswami, no run
a little nip off the deck makes sure the offcutter sneaks between bat and pad and through to the keeper
Kapp to Goswami, FOUR runs
picks the gap at point this time. Full and wide, and slow as well, but Goswami picks the variation and lashes it in front of Lee
Kapp to Goswami, FOUR runs
smokes it through cover. She's been hitting them there all day, except this time she picks the gap to the left of the fielder
Match details
Grace Road, Leicester
TossIndia Women , elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup 2017
Player Of The Match
Dane van Niekerk
Match numberWomen's ODI no. 1072
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-13.40, Interval 13.40-14.10, Second Session 14.10-17.20
Match days08 July 2017 (50-over match)
Paul Wilson
Jacqueline Williams
Reserve Umpire
Sue Redfern
Match Referee
Steve Bernard
PointsSouth Africa Women 2, India Women 0