Tossed up around off, Klaas swings her bat at it while coming down the track and Yastika completes the stumping quickly. India win by 27 runs
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Six of India's players were unwell today, including their captain Harmanpreet Kaur, and yet, the visitors led by Smriti Mandhana, showed enough stomach to put a competitive total and defend it in the series opener. Meanwhile, South Africa will be looking at their approach and hoping to correct it before their home World Cup, which begins next month.
Amanjot, the Player of the Match:I was very happy to contribute to the team's win. Never thought I would be playing like this, it was a good opportunity and glad that I grabbed the opportunity. Was just hoping to get some runs. She (Deepti) calmed my nerves, it's my debut, and she guided me well. Told me to just take singles and bat deep. That really helped.
Mandhana: We spoke before the match that we need to show our character and the team did that. Partnership between Amanjot and Deepti showed that. Our bowlers then did their job on this pitch. With the start we got, we thought of getting to 120-130, but we got about 15 runs more, credit to them. Batters told us that it's turning, it's a dry surface and our spinners believed they could do the job. Whatever they did, it was amazing to watch.
Luus: We pulled it back nicely but then lost our way in the death overs. Deepti played a nice innings. Today's game was a real challenge for us. It felt like playing India at home. We just wanted two batters to stay till the end and take the team home which didn't happen. Long way to go.
Time for presentation.
9.58pmA convincing win for India here. South Africa kept losing wickets regularly in the chase once Kapp-Luus' partnership was broken and couldn't have that one big stand to get closer to the target. Luus struck 29 and Tryon tried to cut down the asking rate by notching up a 20-ball 26 but there was hardly any support from the other end as India's spinners kept troubling the hosts. Deepti led the bowling attack with three wickets while Vaidya picked up two, with Gayakwad, Rana and Radha chipping in with a wicket each. On a slow surface, after been asked to bat, India were led by the debutant Amanjot (41*) and Deepti's (33) whose 76-run stand helped them to 147 after early jitters. And it proved enough.
Fuller around off, drills it past midwicket for one
Hit straight back to the bowler A fullish slower one around off and Deepti takes a simple catch. Wicket No.2 for her
Full and wide of off, swept away to midwicket for two. Loses a bit of balance
Tossed up on off, worked towards deep extra cover for four
Arm ball, full and around off, beats her on the inside egde
Guides towards extra cover for brace
Full on off, hit straight back to bowler
Quicker one. Full and wide of offstump, Klaas leaves
Klerk departs Full and on middle, tries to guide it past the keeper by moving across, more like a scoop shot, but fails as the ball hits the stumps
Looks to slog sweep and gets a thick inside edge onto the pad
Full on middle, tries to pull and loses balance. Klerk looks desperate for runs
Full and wide, moves away again trying to pull but misses
Flatter on off, drills it to long-on
Full and wide of offstump, Klerk gets across and tries to pull but misses
Slower through the air, full and wide, cut away to point
Full on middle, swept away to square leg
Full on middle. comes down to drill it to offside
|Buffalo Park, East London|
|Toss||South Africa Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1342|
|Match days||19 January 2023 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||India Women 2, South Africa Women 0|