2nd ODI, Lucknow, Mar 9 2021, South Africa Women tour of India
(28.4/50 ov, target 158)160/1
IND Women won by 9 wickets (with 128 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jhulan Goswami
India Women
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• Firdose Moonda

Mandhana, Raut and Goswami help India level series 1-1

This was India's biggest win against South Africa in terms of wickets remaining

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
South Africa Women157/10(41 overs)
India Women160/1(28.4 overs)

That's that, then. India draw level and there's everything to play for in the third ODI, that takes place on Friday, March 12. Join us for that contest. For the moment, stay with ESPNcricinfo for Firdose's report, and the rest of analysis coming from this match. Goodbye.

Goswami: "It was pretty challenging because I was coming back after a year, and playing a competitive side like South Africa. I was just trying to hit the ball on the right areas. I always share my mantra with all my teammates. Monica the other day and Mansi today bowled very well. [On what she's been working on] The World Cup is going to happen next year. It's important for me to be fit and to play maximum number of matches. The NCA support staff has helped me a lot. [On missing out on a five-wicket haul] It was because I bowled a no-ball. I have to work on that and ensure that doesn't happen to me in future."

Mithali Raj: "I think it started from winning the toss, that's where things went right. As I mentioned during the toss, the first few overs will benefit the fast bowlers. Credit to Mansi [Joshi] who bowled well with Jhulan [Goswami] and bowled well. There was a good start. The spinners took their time, and Harman's wicket of the left-hander [Lara Goodall] was an important one. Our fielding was also good. We sat down and analysed what was needed. The first game was the first after a long time. The bowling catch has emphasized to the spinners about what lines to bowl. The wicket was quite good. [On her bowling changes] I would say both [plans and instincts] but the involvement was from everybody. Today I had feedback from all over the ground, and that helps the team as a unit when we are on the field."

Jhulan Goswami bags the Player of the Match.

2.55 pm Presentation comes up shortly. Here's Sune Luus: "From the first game, the two teams just countered around. There's still three games to go. We just have to go back and try and improve. [On the batting performance] Our batters didn't apply ourselves the way we wanted to. It gets down to shot selection. The wicket was such that 210-220 would have been a defendable total. Today was a lot hotter than the previous. Our deep condolences to our teammate [Tazmin Brits] whose father passed away."

2.47pm We're at 1-1 then in this 5-match ODI, and India have won after opting to chase - something the experts on TV said was a bad decision. Mandhana is the standout batter today, absolutely demoralising the South Africa bowlers after they were already quite deflated with the total the visiting batters put up. Her 64-ball 80 was a sight to behold, something those who came to watch the match at Ekana will never forget. Raut showed her class too, going from 6 off 30 balls to 62 off 89. Disappointing outing for Jemimah Rodrigues though, who now has two tiny scores this series.

Don't forget India's stars with the ball. Jhulan Goswami's four-for and Rajeshwari Gayakwad's three-wicket haul put South Africa on the mat. Mansi Joshi was mighty impressive too. South Africa's standout player was Goodall, who fell one short of a second WODI fifty. We'll have the presentation soon, stick around.

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR runs

ends it in style! Another straight shot over the non-striker...races away to long off. India win by nine wickets with 21.2 overs to spare

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR runs

up and over! Overpitched, on off and angling a bit away. Struck to long off for another boundary

de Klerk to Raut, 1 run

full and wide. Sticks the bat out to run it down to third man

de Klerk to Raut, no run

full outside off stump. Tries to drive away from his body. Misses

end of over 288 runs
IND-W: 151/1CRR: 5.39 RRR: 0.32 • Need 7 from 22 overs
Punam Raut61 (87)
Smriti Mandhana72 (62)
Nonkululeko Mlaba3-0-29-0
Nadine de Klerk2-0-17-0
Mlaba to Raut, 1 run

full, just outside off stump. Driven to long off

Nish: "Thats a typical Punam Raut innings - agonizingly slow up front and then picking up the pace as she goes along and feels set and confident. Very good when chasing small totals as she keeps one end safe initially!"

Mlaba to Raut, FOUR runs

good length, outside off. Cut square, and another sloppy effort from cover point causes a misfield. Races away for four thereafter

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run

good length, outside leg stump. Swivels and hammers it behind square to the deep for a single

Mlaba to Raut, 1 run

good length, on middle. Nudged to square leg for one

Mlaba to Raut, no run

good length outside off. Tapped towards cover

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run

good length, outside leg stump. Flicked to the sweeper-fielder on the leg side

end of over 279 runs
IND-W: 143/1CRR: 5.29 RRR: 0.65 • Need 15 from 23 overs
Punam Raut55 (83)
Smriti Mandhana70 (60)
Nadine de Klerk2-0-17-0
Ayabonga Khaka7-1-23-0
de Klerk to Raut, FOUR runs

overpitched, on middle. Shoveled to the gap at cow corner for another four! Raut is bringing the heat!

de Klerk to Raut, no run

good length, outside off. Ball stays low after passing the bat. She tried to cut on this occasion

de Klerk to Raut, no run

overpitched outside off stump. Struck to point

Saravanan NB: "Punam was on 7 off 31 balls. She has added 40 of 47 balls after getting in. Should get to her 50 easily at that rate."

de Klerk to Raut, no run

nudged to mid on

de Klerk to Raut, FOUR runs

smart! And that's Raut's fifty too Full, on off. Wants to play a ramp/paddle. Gets enough to clear the keeper and that's four

de Klerk to Mandhana, 1 run

full on middle stump. Driven to extra cover on the boundary

end of over 266 runs
IND-W: 134/1CRR: 5.15 RRR: 1.00 • Need 24 from 24 overs
Punam Raut47 (78)
Smriti Mandhana69 (59)
Ayabonga Khaka7-1-23-0
Nadine de Klerk1-0-8-0
Khaka to Raut, 2 runs

full, outside off. Lofted over mid off, but it doesnt go for four. Moves to 47

Parishi: "Smriti Mandhana now has 10 consecutive fifties while chasing. Is that the most for any player across genders?"

No other player from Men's or Women's cricket has 50+ scores in more than six consecutive ODI chases

Khaka to Raut, FOUR runs

good length outside off. Same template trying to run it fine, and this time she does enough to cause Ismail to fumble on the boundary line for a four!

Khaka to Raut, no run

good length, outside off. Guided to point

Khaka to Raut, no run

good length, outside off. Tapped towards the non-striker

Match details
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
TossIndia Women, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa Women tour of India
Player Of The Match
Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 1191
Match days09 March 2021 - day(50-over match)
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Belur Ravi
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Krishnamachari Srinivasan
TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee
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GS Lakshmi