SA Women vs IND Women, 3rd T20I at Chennai, IND v SA [W], Jul 09 2024 - Match Result

3rd T20I (N), Chennai, July 09, 2024, South Africa Women tour of India
(10.5/20 ov, T:85) 88/0

IND Women won by 10 wickets (with 55 balls remaining)

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Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: S Sudarshanan
Scorecard summary
South Africa Women 84/10(17.1 overs)
20 (23)
4/13 (3.1)
17 (14)
3/6 (3)
India Women 88/0(10.5 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
I. Runs
B. Impact
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact

9:47pm Both Wolvaardt and Harmanpreet hold the trophy aloft. The T20I series has been shared 1-1, with the second T20I washed out. A lovely photo of players from both teams posing together behind the board that reads WINNERS. Kapp having a laugh with Mandhana. Rodrigues, Mlaba and Deepti sharing laughs. Khaka and Patil holding the trophy in the middle. Reddy and Bosch standing arm-in-arm. Pictures that make for a lovely viewing. Now the support staff of both teams join in. And Rodrigues jumps over the board to take her customary selfie - this time with both the teams trying to fit in the frame. A photo that deserves to be framed. Not just in these players' showcases but perhaps even at the Chepauk.

This is the beauty of sport. A hard-fought multi-format series followed by heart-warming interactions among the players. Shafali catching up with Kapp. Wolvaardt wishing Hemalatha well. Rodrigues then chatting with Luus. The beauty of the WPL too, but the camaraderie that has come to the fore thanks to the shared series.

India head to the Women's Asia Cup high on confidence. This is their biggest win at home with balls to spare. And also their first ten-wicket win in women's T20Is at home. Superb way to sign off from home. That brings us to the end of this series. It was fun to bring these matches to you. Hope y'all enjoyed reading our content. On behalf of Shashank and Ranjith tonight, and from the others who were involved in the coverage throughout this home series, this is Sudarshanan bidding you goodbye. Do join us regularly for all the live cricket action - men's and women's. Till the next time, take care! Ciao aficionados!

9:38pm Time for the presentation

Pooja Vastrakar, the Player of the Match as well as the Player of the Series: "It was an opportunity for me and whatever I practiced in the nets - bowling wicket-to-wicket - I executed. Bowling hard lengths help me. As an opportunity and a responsibility, the team felt I should be given the new ball. And I wanted to pick up early wickets and give team a good start. Such lengths will be effective in Sri Lanka. Want to do similarly well in Asia Cup. Tonight we tried to bowl to our strengths and give our best. All bowlers did well."

Laura Wolvaardt, South Africa captain: "Disappointing loss. Not the way we wanted to end the series. It was stopping when we were batting. Overall, taking a lot of learnings. First two games, lot of positives. We went too hard too early today, could have assessed better. Could have taken a time upfront. Talked about going too hard but should have taken our time. A couple of us are off to the Hundred. The others have camp at home. Thank you for having us."

Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: "We spoke about things we need to improve specially when we are playing T20 cricket. Proud of the way we bowled and fielded. That is something we spoke in our meetings. Going forward, there might be situations where have to come hard and keep believing. Everyone had the belief we had it in us, we were positive. Played as a team and did well as a team. Smriti really had a good series, in the Test Shafali came up with a good approach. We talk about getting chances and doing well. Everyone looked positive. The self-belief was there to change the game. Want to do well in Asia Cup. We keep things simple. This team has a lot of talent. [Muzumdar] Sir is very cool, he keeps things simple. Fielding coach is working hard, Avi [Salvi, bowling coach] is also calm. This is the best support staff I have ever worked with. The selectors and BCCI are also supporting us. We want to do the right things."

9:21pm India roar back with a superlative win to draw the series, which means South Africa stay winless in a women's T20I series under Wolvaardt's captaincy. Tonight's win was all set up perfectly by the bowlers led by Vastrakar's four-for. Radha played the perfect support act with her three wickets with Patil, Deepti and Reddy also chipping in. A chase of 85 was not going to test this Indian batting order, and Shafali and Mandhana finished the job off with the latter looking in sublime touch. India avoid a series defeat at home.

Radha Yadav: "It was fun. They played well in the first two games. We were disappointed as a bowling unit. We thought what we could do on this surface. After reflecting on that, we were much better today. In the first two games, we were hurrying, and my field placements were not up to the mark. The balls were not bad, but field placements were mistaken. I reflected what fields I should have for which batter. And the results were visible today. The plan was simple. The areas they were targetting us, we shouldn't bowl there. We should try to target their weak zones. A small thing of making quick decisions was missing, and [Muzumdar] sir told us to work on that. We were calm. We will go for runs in T20s, but the next ball is important. We are confident but I believe in hard-work, and so does the team. We will do that and the results will follow. Our work and fitness is in our hands. Sir told us to improve these small things. [Spin department] All the players are working hard genuinely. You will spot that in practice sessions, and god is also watching. We will do something special going forward."

de Klerk to Mandhana, SIX runs

Finishes off in style! A series she started with plenty of runs, ends with her scoring an unbeaten half-century. Mandhana gets inside the line, gets a juicy full toss that she deposits over deep backward square leg to seal a ten-wicket win for India

de Klerk to Mandhana, no run

Once again makes room, de Klerk bowls a slower yorker, squeezed back to the bowler

de Klerk to Mandhana, no run

Yorker on leg, dug out to the bowler

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR runs

Magical Mandhana! Picks the slower one early, backs away and gets a length ball on leg. She lofts it well over mid-off

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR runs

Cracked away for another boundary. Midas touch from Mandhana. Shortish and angling away outside off, she hangs back and cuts it past the diving backward point fielder

Crowd 14,000-15,000 today, Srinidhi tells me

end of over 109 runs
IND-W: 74/0CRR: 7.40 RRR: 1.10 • Need 11 from 60b
Smriti Mandhana40 (35b 6x4 1x6)
Shafali Verma27 (25b 3x4)
Nonkululeko Mlaba 2-0-20-0
Nadine de Klerk 1-0-8-0

Drinks on the field with India needing only 11

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run

Full and around off, slog-swept to deep midwicket

Mlaba to Mandhana, SIX runs

Handsome stroke that. Tossed up outside leg, on a length, Mandhana dances down the track and heaves it over midwicket. Just over the ropes but off the meat

Mlaba to Shafali Verma, 1 run

Fuller outside off, eased down to long-off

Mlaba to Shafali Verma, no run

Flatter outside off, chopped to point

Rahul Malnad : "Isn't it true Smriti Mandanna has struggled to score quick runs against spin in the past? " Mandhana's strike rates in T20Is: vs offspin - 117.19, vs legspin - 133.75, vs left-arm orthodox - 138.71

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run

On a length on off and middle, she goes back and across and heaves it to deep midwicket

Mlaba to Mandhana, no run

On a length outside leg, Mandhana makes room and mistimes it to cover

Mlaba for her second over now

end of over 99 runs
IND-W: 65/0CRR: 7.22 RRR: 1.81 • Need 20 from 66b
Smriti Mandhana32 (31b 6x4)
Shafali Verma26 (23b 3x4)
Nadine de Klerk 1-0-8-0
Chloe Tryon 2-0-8-0
de Klerk to Mandhana, 1 leg bye

Fuller on the pads, misses the flick and it goes off her pads past the wicketkeeper

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR runs

Pulled away in style, with some swivel again. De Klerk digs it short but bowls it down leg. Mandhana manages to pull it well over short fine leg for a one-bounce four

de Klerk to Shafali Verma, 1 run

On a length around off, hacked down to long-on

de Klerk to Mandhana, 1 run

Outside off, creamed through covers

de Klerk to Shafali Verma, 1 run

Just away from a diving Wolvaardt. Hard length ball outside off, Shafali looks to slap it over the off side but slices it in the air. It was the slower one, which got de Klerk the extra bounce. Wolvaardt ran to her left from cover and put in the dive but could only get her finger-tips

de Klerk to Mandhana, 1 run

Starts off with a length ball that slants away, she goes back and slaps it to deep point

Nadine de Klerk with the ball now, over the wicket

end of over 85 runs
IND-W: 56/0CRR: 7.00 RRR: 2.41 • Need 29 from 72b
Smriti Mandhana26 (27b 5x4)
Shafali Verma24 (21b 3x4)
Chloe Tryon 2-0-8-0
Ayabonga Khaka 2-0-20-0
Tryon to Mandhana, 1 run

Swiped across through forward square leg, India take just one

Tryon to Mandhana, 1 wide

Throws it wide down leg, she gets inside the line and looks to heave it away but misses

Tryon to Mandhana, no run

Backs away again, gets a length ball on leg that she slaps to cover

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
S Mandhana
54 runs (40)
8 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
17 runs
4 fours0 six
Shafali Verma
27 runs (25)
3 fours0 six
Productive shot
13 runs
2 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
P Vastrakar
RP Yadav
Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossIndia Women, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberWT20I no. 1952
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days9 July 2024 - night (20-over match)
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Match Referee
Win Probability
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Over 11 • IND-W 88/0

IND Women won by 10 wickets (with 55 balls remaining)
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