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4th T20I, Centurion, Feb 21 2018, India Women tour of South Africa
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• The Report by Sreshth Shah

India's 2-1 lead becomes unassailable after washout

South Africa looked set for a big total after fifties from Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk, but a downpour in the 16th over ensured no further play could take place

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Scorecard summary
South Africa Women130/3(15.3 overs)

4.00pm We managed to have only 15.3 overs today, and saw two brilliant half-centuries from Lizelle Lee (58*) and Dane van Niekerk (55). Rumeli Dhar's comeback has been marred by an abandonment, which is incidentally India's first abandoned game in T20I history. India go into the fifth game knowing they can't lose the series. How will South Africa cope with another must-win? We shall find out in a few days.

That's all from our coverage of the women's game from Centurion, hope to see you all for the men's game in a few hours. Till then, it's Sreshth Shah, signing off.

3.53pm The two teams shake hands, India clearly the happier side. It's still drizzling.

3.48pm We're done with the women's game, it has been called off. No more action from the women's match as South Africa lose their chance of an outright series win. India cannot lose the series from here: a win for the hosts in the fifth match will only tie the series 2-2.

Abhinav Dhar: "Sad end to what could have been an interesting match. India can't lose the series now, hope they still go for the win."

3.36pm Gaurav Kalra from the ground: "Very faint drizzle here. Can barely feel it."

India's projected targets: Need 109 in a ten-over game, need 61 in a five-over game.

Tom de Sailor: "With a wet ground, wet ball the shorter the chase, the more the advantage for the chasing team. Hope to see some fireworks from Smriti & Harman. May be some from the new girl Jemima too."

3.22pm We have bad news: India were set a target of 148 in 15 overs, but it seems to be drizzling once again, so we'll have another delay.

3.06pm Rain has stopped. The groundsmen are working to prepare the surface. Updates to follow.

Arjun Arora: "How does Rain affect chances on men's Match on the same ground ?" -- Doesn't affect the start of the men's game at all. The ground, however, will be softer of course.

Sat: "Can't they start the match with Ind innings? " -- High chances of that. What they the target will be, however, will depend on how many overs they can bat.

Ritesh : "The weather forecast predicts rains till late evening. In that case, the game is surely abandoned. Advantage India if it's a shortened game, but surely not easy"

3.01pm Sameer: "any update pls!!" -- Nothing good to report yet, my man.

Firoz: "What will really hurt SA if this game resumes is the 3 wickets they lost in 3 overs"

Rohan: "Proteas sitting pretty if a shortened game happens. Their middle order has been wonky too but the DLS will still reward them handsomely for the loss of late overs."

2.30pm Still raining at SuperSport Park.

Jagdish: "Time for Women''s Cricket to get glamours, top level coach, funding, sponsors and above all viewership and support... They making us proud day by day... Let Bring them on No. 1 "

Abhinav Dhar: "Though she has gone for runs today, I like Deepti in the team, because with her India feels like a complete team, because she can do all 3 aspects of the game very well. Gives the team balance. Her batting position is a bit under the cloud though." -- Agreed, something very assured about the way she goes out her cricket.

Rohan: "So how does rain affect scheduling here? Given that the games are back to back, the allowance for rain (before overs are deducted) would be low as well as the time allotted for any shortened game. Any insights?" -- Each game is governed according to its own rules, so this game will not affect the next. The women's game can be extended for up to one hour.

Avadhut Joshi: "rain rain go away..let India play..hope they get 15 overs game if not 20.."

2.14pm The rain's gotten stronger as the spectators take cover under their umbrellas.

2.08pm Right, rain has stopped play as the players make their way out. South Africa fairly comfortable at 130 for 3 with 27 balls to go. They'd want the game to go on, especially since a washed-out match will mean they certainly cannot win the series. It's not a heavy downpour, but enough to ensure play remains stopped. We'll be back with more updates. Oh, and in case you missed Annesha Ghosh's piece on Rumeli Dhar's comeback, here you go!

Avadhut Joshi: "hows the weather..we are going for Mens match the next one..fingers crossed.." -- Cloudy skies expected all afternoon. Rain here and there as well. Fingers crossed here too!

Kaur to Lee, no run

back of a length outside off, once again. Punched off the back foot to cover. And that's enough. The drizzle is too strong. We're going off.

raining now, but we're continuing

Kaur to Lee, no run

short and wide outside off, flatter ball outside off and zips straight through.

very cloudy now

Kaur to Lee, 1 wide

too wide outside off, on a good length and Lee did chase after it. Misses the cut, but the umpire says 'wide' anyway

Kaur to du Preez, 1 run

back of a length outside off, paddled square towards the deep on the leg side

end of over 1510 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 128/3CRR: 8.53 
Lizelle Lee58 (36)
Mignon du Preez1 (1)
Deepti Sharma 3-0-33-2
Poonam Yadav 3-0-23-1
Sharma to Lee, SIX runs

huuuuge! Over the sightscreen on this occasion. Textbook shot over long on. Sees it flighted on off stump and she shimmies down the wicket to meet it. Hit through the ball's line. Oof

Sharma to Lee, no run

good length outside off, spins slightly into the right hander. Cut off the back foot to cover point

Sharma to du Preez, 1 run

good length on off stump, waits for it before flicking it to square leg. Off the mark in a flash

Sharma to Luus, OUT

big appeal, and given! Trapped in front of off stump. A flat ball on off stump that's too full for the paddle sweep. She misses, as the ball stays low, and hits her front pad. Impact might just have been outside off, but really close. The umpire quick to raise his finger.

Sune Luus lbw b Sharma 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Rohan: "Need to get Lee otherwise Ind is staring at 180+ here. Spinners have not bowled well today."

Sharma to Lee, 1 run

good length on off stump, stays on the back foot and turns it square to the fielder in the deep

Sharma to Lee, 2 runs

good length outside off stump, no real spin on this occasion. Comfortably tapped to cover for a quick run, and there's her fifty! But wait, there's more: overthrows at the non-striker's. Allows Lee to get back on strike

end of over 1412 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 118/2CRR: 8.42 
Sune Luus5 (2)
Lizelle Lee49 (32)
Poonam Yadav 3-0-23-1
Deepti Sharma 2-0-23-1
Poonam to Luus, FOUR runs

Krishnamurthy's misfield! Allows the ball to go for four. She'll be disappointed there. It was full outside off, and slog-swept in front of square. Krishnamurthy did all the hard work but got herself into a tangle at wide long on. Can't drag the ball back and neither can Rodrigues - who was backing up

Poonam to Lee, 1 run

back of a length outside off, stands tall and cuts square to the fielder in the deep

Poonam to Lee, SIX runs

cross-batted! Superb connection on this occasion to slog it over cow corner. Flighted full outside off and Lee's seeing this really well. Down on one knee and sent packing into the stands

Poonam to Luus, 1 run

full just outside off, tries to defend off the front foot, but takes the outside edge. Runs down to shirt third

Poonam to Tryon, OUT

falls cheaply!Back of a length outside off, spinning away from the batsman as she walks towards the off side and pull towards leg. She's cramped for room, however, and her slog is taken comfortably by square leg. Played from fairly deep in the crease but Dhar was ready for the ball

Chloe Tryon c Dhar b Poonam Yadav 2 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Poonam to Tryon, no run

good length just outside off, walks down the ground and tapped back to the bowler

end of over 1313 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 106/1CRR: 8.15 
Chloe Tryon2 (2)
Lizelle Lee42 (30)
Deepti Sharma 2-0-23-1
Harmanpreet Kaur 1-0-4-0
Sharma to Tryon, 1 run

back of a length outside off, walks into the line of the ball and turns it square to the leg side

Sharma to Lee, 1 run

back of a length outside off, spinning into Lee. Carved off the back foot to deep extra cover

Sharma to Tryon, 1 run

back of a length outside off, shuffles towards the leg side and punches to mid off. She's off the mark

Tryon, a big hitter

Sharma to D van Niekerk, OUT

there's the breakthrough! Taken by mid off. Good length outside off, and she pulls it down the ground. Can't get the elevation and taken by Dhar inside the circle. India will be relieved

Dane van Niekerk c Dhar b Sharma 55 (54m 47b 6x4 2x6) SR: 117.02
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossIndia Women, elected to field first
SeriesIndia Women tour of South Africa
Series resultIndia Women led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 397
Match days21 February 2018 - day (20-over match)
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Siphelele Gasa
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Stephen Harris
TV Umpire
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Philip Vosloo
Reserve Umpire
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Lubabalo Gcuma
Match Referee
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Gerrie Pienaar