1st T20I (N), Lucknow, March 20, 2021, South Africa Women tour of India
(19.1/20 ov, T:131) 133/2

S Africa (W) won by 8 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
66* (48) & 2/11
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Comms: Hemant Brar (@Cricquest)
Scorecard summary
India Women 130/6(20 overs)
South Africa Women 133/2(19.1 overs)
66* (48)
1/20 (3.1)
43 (49)
1/21 (3)

That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Anneke Bosch: "It feels like a deja vu. To do it again is unbelievable. [She was Player of the Match in the final ODI as well] Sune and I were trying to keep the required rate under seven. That was the plan. I don't mind the captain didn't give me more than two overs. I am happy."

Sune Luus: "[A perfect game?] There is always something we can improve on. It was nice to restrict them because at one stage it looked like they would post 140-150. Also, it was nice to see Anneke getting her maiden fifty. It's a high-scoring ground and we would have been happy with them getting 140. Think we did really well today."

Smriti Mandhana: "[on her injury] At the moment it looks better, let's see. At the end of the 18th over, I realised we were about ten runs short. But I would like to say Simran bowled really well. Harleen had that good knock. Jemi and Shafali, the future looks good. The next game is in 24 hours, so we need to buck up."

9.55pm A brilliant knock from Anneke Bosch, scoring an unbeaten 66 off 48 balls, as South Africa chased down 131 with eight wickets and five balls to spare. They go 1-0 up in the three-match series, outplaying India in all departments but mainly in fielding. Sune Luus, the stand-in captain, gave good company to Bosch; the two added 90 in 81 balls. Luus fell for 43 off 49 but Bosch and Wolvaardt ensured South Africa crossed the line without further hiccups.

Reddy to Bosch, FOUR runs

short outside off and pulled away, in front of square leg and that's it. Bosch finishes it off with a boundary to take South Africa to victory

Only two required. Reddy to bowl

end of over 1912 runs
SA-W: 129/2CRR: 6.78 RRR: 2.00
Laura Wolvaardt9 (7b 1x4)
Anneke Bosch62 (47b 8x4 1x6)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-0-28-0
Harleen Deol 3-0-21-1
Gayakwad to Wolvaardt, 2 runs

length outside off, backs away and cuts it to the right of sweeper cover. They are coming back for the second and complete it easily

Gayakwad to Wolvaardt, no run

length ball around off, looks to flick it on the leg side with a backlift coming from point. Gets an inside edge on to the pads

Gayakwad to Bosch, 1 run

fuller around off, slog-swept towards deep midwicket

Gayakwad to Bosch, FOUR runs

delicate from Bosch. Was flatter and quicker from Gayakwad. Just outside off, Bosch stayed back and cut it late and very fine, almost from the gloves of the keeper

Gayakwad to Wolvaardt, 1 run

length outside off, goes back and cuts it towards sweeper cover

Gayakwad to Wolvaardt, FOUR runs

fuller on the stumps and swiped over square leg. And once it cleared the fielder in the circle, it was heading in only one direction

14 needed from 12. Gayakwad to bowl

end of over 188 runs
SA-W: 117/2CRR: 6.50 RRR: 7.00
Laura Wolvaardt2 (3b)
Anneke Bosch57 (45b 7x4 1x6)
Harleen Deol 3-0-21-1
Simran Bahadur 4-0-21-0
Deol to Wolvaardt, 1 run

fuller around off, drives it towards sweeper cover

Deol to Wolvaardt, no run

length, wide outside off, cuts it straight to point

Deol to Bosch, 1 run

length ball, looks to pull but ends up lobbing it towards midwicket. Safe though

Deol to Bosch, FOUR runs

a mis-field by Ghosh at point and India have gifted a boundary. Was fuller around off and hit hard but it went straight to the fielder. Sloppy

Deol to Wolvaardt, 1 run

length ball at the stumps, backs away and pulls it towards long-on

Laura Wolvaardt on strike for the first time. Mandhana is having a chat with Deol

Deol to Bosch, 1 run

tossed up outside off, comes down the ground and takes it on the full. A single to deep cover

22 required from 18 balls

end of over 175 runs
SA-W: 109/2CRR: 6.41 RRR: 7.33
Anneke Bosch51 (42b 6x4 1x6)
Laura Wolvaardt0 (0b)
Simran Bahadur 4-0-21-0
Harleen Deol 2-0-13-1
Bahadur to Bosch, 1 run

short and wide, had to reach out for it and that means there was little power behind it. A single to deep extra cover

Bahadur to Bosch, no run

fuller and wider, driven firmly but straight to Mandhana at extra cover

Bahadur to Bosch, no run

length outside off, goes for the cut but ends up chopping it into the ground

Bahadur to Bosch, FOUR runs

length ball on the pads, swiped away and beats short fine leg. Maiden fifty for Bosch and a much-needed boundary for South Africa

Bahadur to Bosch, no run

fuller on the pads, flicked towards square leg where Verma is alert. Fires in the throw at the bowler's end. Misses but Wolvaardt was in

Bahadur to Bosch, no run

a brilliant delivery, right in the blockhole. Defended

end of over 164 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 104/2CRR: 6.50 RRR: 6.75
Anneke Bosch46 (36b 5x4 1x6)
Harleen Deol 2-0-13-1
Deepti Sharma 3-0-26-0
Deol to Luus, OUT

Deol gets Luus eventually. Short of length around off, Luus hits it hard but straight back at the bowler. And Deol makes no mistake

Sune Luus c & b Deol 43 (49b 5x4 1x6) SR: 87.75
Match details
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
TossSouth Africa Women, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa Women led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberWT20I no. 886
Match days20 March 2021 - night (20-over match)
WT20I debut
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