2nd T20I (N), Lucknow, Mar 21 2021, South Africa Women tour of India
SA Women won by 6 wickets
player of the match
Laura Wolvaardt
South Africa Women
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Lee, Wolvaardt fifties seal last-ball thriller and series for South Africa

The visitors completed their third-highest successful chase to record their first T20I series win over India

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Scorer: Vairavan
Commentator: Hemant Brar (@Cricquest)
Scorecard summary
India Women158/4(20 overs)
South Africa Women159/4(20 overs)
end of over 209 runs
SA-W: 159/4CRR: 7.95 
Laura Wolvaardt53 (39)
Nadine de Klerk3 (3)
Arundhati Reddy4-0-35-0
Harleen Deol3-0-32-1

That's all from our side for this game. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. On behalf of Vairavan, Annesha and Saurabh, this is Hemant signing off.

Laura Wolvaardt, the Player of the Match: I didn't start my innings as quickly as I would have liked. So I was a bit under pressure but I knew if we could take it deep, we always had a chance. It's not so much about the individual shots but knowing when to play them. Responsibility is good, although it's a bit stressful at times and in the long run won't do me good.

Sune Luus: I think there are a lot of positives. The girls are backing themselves to play fearless cricket and that's important in T20 cricket. I think that's good for South Africa cricket's future. We have a chance to make it 3-0 and we will come back with all the professionalism to give India a run for their money.

Smriti Mandhana: A slightly bitter pill to swallow. The way we fielded we didn't deserve to win. We need to work on our fielding and need to raise our fielding standards. It was good total to defend but we should have done better in the second half of the match. A lot of positives but a lot of things to work on as well. We are practising well and hopefully, things will fall in place in one game that would turn the tide.

Srini SV: "Fitting that the game ended with yet another misfield! India did not deserve to win with that display on the field!!!"

10.07pm What a game of cricket we got today. India improving their performance with the bat to post a challenging 158 for 4. Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh showed what their approach should be with the bat. But then there was Lizelle Lee once again in their way. She, and dropped catches, kept them in the game with a magnificent 70 off 45 balls. But when she fell in the 16th over, India were the favourites. But Laura Wolvaardt, often considered an anchor, thwarted their hopes with an unbeaten 53 off 39 balls. With nine required from the final over, Reddy started well before a no-ball titled the game in South Africa's favour.

Reddy to Wolvaardt, 1 run

short of length around off. Wolvaardt swings at it. Gets an inside edge and the ball goes between her legs towards short fine leg. They are running, they have to. Ghosh has collected the ball but not cleanly and she fumbles. A desperate dive from de Klerk, losing the grip off bat as she dives, but the throw never comes. South Africa have won the series with a game to spare. That last ball was a microcosm of India's performance in the field

One required to win. A dot here and we go into the Super Over. The keeper is up, the field is in

Reddy to Wolvaardt, 2 runs

fuller outside off, hits it towards long-off and they are coming back for the second. The scores are level

Reddy to Wolvaardt, (no ball) 2 runs

a high full toss around off. And that has been called a no-ball. Laura in fact has pulled it well enough to the right of deep midwicket for two. That's fifty for Wolvaardt

Reddy to de Klerk, 1 run

fuller outside off, de Klerk fetches it from there and lofts it towards long-on. Hardly any power behind that. Falls well short of the fielder

Seven to win from three

Reddy to Wolvaardt, 1 run

a high full toss around off. Hits it towards deep midwicket but only a single

Jigar Shah: "In Same over Harleen brought India and South Africa back in game back to back. Last ball finish coming up now. "

Reddy to Wolvaardt, no run

walks towards the bowler. It's in a wide yorker and Wolvaardt tries to hit it through the off side but fails to get bat on that

Reddy to de Klerk, 1 run

a low full toss outside off, swiped towards deep midwicket. de Klerk was looking for the second but only one available there

Nine needed from the final over. Arundhati Reddy to bowl it

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
SA-W: 150/4CRR: 7.89 RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Laura Wolvaardt47 (34)
Nadine de Klerk1 (1)
Harleen Deol3-0-32-1
Radha Yadav4-0-25-1
Deol to Wolvaardt, FOUR runs

back-to-back fours for Wolvaardt. Moves across and sweeps it from outside off. Doesn't middle it. In fact, it's more of an inside edge but it beats Mandhana at short fine leg. The chase she puts in is futile

swami: "Smriti must know something we don't. I was just wondering why Harleen and not Simran"

Deol to Wolvaardt, FOUR runs

short outside off, a nothing delivery and Wolvaardt gives it the treatment it deserved. Pulls it hard over square leg. Beats the fielder in the deep

Deol to de Klerk, 1 run

short outside off, cuts it towards extra cover. Was in the air but the fielder is deep

Deol to Wolvaardt, 1 run

steps out but it's bowled slower through the air. Cannot get the power behind it. Rolls towards long-on

Nadine de Klerk walks in with 19 required from ten

Deol to du Preez, OUT

Deol has struck. du Preez dances down the ground but it's again well outside off, drags it towards long-on and it goes straight into the lap of Deepti Sharma

Mignon du Preez c Sharma b Deol 10 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125

Abhijato: "I can't move from this tab even if I wanted to. Incredible finish in store here!!"

Deol to du Preez, no run

moves well outside off and Deol has followed her. Goes for the slog sweep but misses

19 required from 12 balls. Deol to bowl her third. She has been expensive today, 22 from two overs so far

end of over 186 runs
SA-W: 140/3CRR: 7.77 RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 from 12b
Mignon du Preez10 (6)
Laura Wolvaardt38 (31)
Radha Yadav4-0-25-1
Deepti Sharma3-0-31-0
Yadav to du Preez, 1 run

length outside off, cuts it towards covers and sets off

du Preez standing outside off and Radha pulls out. Here we go again

Yadav to du Preez, 2 runs

jumps outside off and sweeps this length ball through square leg. Rodrigues with the chase from deep midwicket, puts in the slide to save two

Yadav to du Preez, no run

a touch slower outside off, turn and bounce as du Preez skipped down the track and looked to tonk it over wide long-on. Misses it completely but was Parveen quick enough to break the stumps? We are going upstairs and looks like du Preez, stretching back, has just made it

Radha looks in pain but she is back on her feet. Bowls a shadow ball, the keeper encouraging her

Yadav to du Preez, 2 runs

fuller on the stumps, down the track and tries to hit it hard. Fails to middle it but they are looking for the second as the ball goes towards deep midwicket. Meanwhile, Radha has twisted her ankle while trying to position herself behind the stumps. Physio Tracy Fernandes is on the field

Sampath points out it's the 25th consecutive T20I where Radha Yadav has picked up at least one wicket. Lizelle Lee's wicket was her 50th in T20Is.

Yadav to Wolvaardt, 1 run

down the track and takes it on the full. Flicks it towards deep midwicket as the ball was dying on her

Yadav to Wolvaardt, no run

fuller outside off, moves across and looks to slog it towards square leg. Misses

25 required from 18

end of over 1711 runs
SA-W: 134/3CRR: 7.88 RRR: 8.33 • Need 25 from 18b
Mignon du Preez5 (2)
Laura Wolvaardt37 (29)
Deepti Sharma3-0-31-0
Radha Yadav3-0-19-1
Sharma to du Preez, FOUR runs

a full toss. du Preez comes down the track and hits it hard over the bowler's head. The long-on is a touch wide and cannot cut it off

Match details
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
TossSouth Africa Women, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa Women tour of India
Player Of The Match
Laura Wolvaardt
Laura Wolvaardt
Series resultSouth Africa Women led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 887
Match days21 March 2021 - night(20-over match)
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Ulhas Gandhe
TV Umpire
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Krishnamachari Srinivasan
Reserve Umpire
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Belur Ravi
Match Referee
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GS Lakshmi