1st ODI, Lucknow, Mar 7 2021, South Africa Women tour of India
(40.1/50 ov)178/2
SA Women won by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shabnim Ismail
South Africa Women

Right. That's that from us today. Hope you enjoyed the game. Don't forget to join us for the second ODI on March 9. Be well, stay safe and do not venture out without your masks. Cheers everyone!

It's time for the presentation

Shabnim Ismail is the Player of the Match for her 3 for 28. "My performances after the Pakistan series was really good," she says. "The idea was to hit consistent lines and lengths, in my first over where I went for 10 runs, I was a touch short."

Sune Luus: Was a perfect game until I lost my wicket (laughs). Our bowling and fielding was exceptional, the way Lizelle and Laura batted - world class! Always need to work on areas to improve, but for now, we're going to celebrate the win and what we've done right.

Mithali Raj: It seems like the batters were in good form. Few of them got starts but couldn't convert. The bowlers need to be more consistent with lines and lengths, maybe they weren't consistent because they're coming back after a long break. A lot goes into game time. If you play games, it shows in your confidence.

3.33pm And South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead with a proper demolition job. They showed how and why match-time is very important. Unlike India, they came in to the game on the back of two full series. And all that game time translated into proper plans and their execution.

Sune Luus won a good toss, opted to bowl and then saw her premier fast bowler Shabnim Ismail lay down the marker. Then, rookie Mlaba showed her wares with some crafty left-arm spin. Even when Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet briefly threatened a rearguard, South Africa stuck to their task and kept chipping away.

Then with a small target to chase down, Laura Woolvardt threaded gaps with surgical precision - like she would've had to do at medical school had her plans of being a doctor materialised. Lizelle Lee showed why she's among the feared batters in the women's game today, bruising her way to a superb half-century to turn this quickly into a no-contest.

Four more ODIs to go, so India shouldn't be too worried. After all this was only their first ODI in 15 months. That said, there's plenty of work to do in terms of finding the right balance.

Kaur to Lee, 1 wide

good length, outside off stump. Left alone, wide called and South Africa win by eight wickets!

Kaur to Lee, no run

full on middle. Flicked to square leg

end of over 405 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 177/2CRR: 4.42 RRR: 0.10 • Need 1 run from 60b
Lizelle Lee83 (121)
Jhulan Goswami10-1-38-2
Harmanpreet Kaur4-0-14-0
Goswami to Luus, OUT

leading edge and taken at cover! Tries to nudge it leg side, and it goes to cover instead

Sune Luus c Sharma b Goswami 1 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11
Goswami to Lee, 1 run

fullish, on middle and leg. Nudged to midwicket

Goswami to Lee, no run

full outside off, and driven to cover

Goswami to Lee, no run

good length, outside off. Cut behind to point

Goswami to Lee, no run

yorker length, outside off. Driven to cover

Goswami to Lee, FOUR runs

good length, on middle. Nudged off her pads, and flicked to deep backward square for four

end of over 393 runs
SA-W: 172/1CRR: 4.41 RRR: 0.55 • Need 6 runs from 11 overs
Sune Luus1 (8)
Lizelle Lee78 (116)
Harmanpreet Kaur4-0-14-0
Jhulan Goswami9-1-33-1
Kaur to Luus, no run

defended off the back foot

Kaur to Luus, no run

full, outside off stump. Defended

Kaur to Lee, 1 run

good length, outside off. Hit to mid off, and it's a direct hit at the bowler's! The batter is in

Kaur to Luus, 1 run

good length, outside off. Cut to deep point

Kaur to Lee, 1 run

good length, on middle. Punched to long on

Kaur to Lee, no run