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4th ODI, Lucknow, March 14, 2021, South Africa Women tour of India
(48.4/50 ov, T:267) 269/3

S Africa (W) won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
India Women 266/4(50 overs)
South Africa Women 269/3(48.4 overs)

That's it from me, Shashank and Thilak. Thanks for joining us today. There's plenty more international cricket on the go today, so you're spoilt for choice between a Test in Abu Dhabi, a T20 coming up in Ahmedabad and an ODI in Antigua. We'll be back on Wednesday for the final match in this series.

Here's some nuggets from the post-match presentation.

Mithali Raj: Even if we scored more than 266, it wouldn't be enough, the way the South Africans batted. Our bowling department need to work on preparation before a series. We lacked that. We are not a bad fielding side but there are things we can improve on. We missed Jhulan's experience but it was an opportunity for the other bowlers to step up and take responsibility. Our spin department is experienced. I expect them to come back stronger.

Mignon du Preez wins an award for her three boundaries in the 40th over, that swung the match in South Africa's favour.

Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee share an award for their 116-run opening stand.

Laura Wolvaardt: Sune is more than welcome to come back. This was a massive team effort. I'm fresh to the job and I used the senior players for advice and help. The plan was to as attacking with the ball upfront as we could be. We have a world-class attack. One in the top four has to bat through for us. It's something we haven't done in the past.

Player of the match is Mignon du Preez : I am sharing this with Lara Goodall. She also deserves this. I am one of the experienced players who has been in the line-up a long time and I feel like sometimes I don't always convert my starts. Laura and Lizelle set up the team so everyone else can play with freedom. It's been something we wanted to do a long time: to contribute in the middle. This is a special one. Winning a series in India, in these tough conditions, and with everything happening in the world, we are going to treasure this one.

What a success story this is. Remember that South African cricket is in shambles, administratively and on the field and the men's team are in tatters. But the women's team have given the country hope. After beating Pakistan at home, they've now defeated India in India.

And yet again, the match is won by the chasing team in Lucknow. Conditions maybe not so much a talking point though - India batted well and probably could have had more runs, but really missed Jhulan Goswami. They weren't able to tie South Africa down on a flat pitch, where we know run-scoring gets easier in the afternoon and although Goodall, in particular, played some risky shots, India did not create enough chances.

Yadav to Kapp, FOUR runs

South Africa have won the series! Kapp drives that through mid-on to complete their highest successful run chase.

And they've done it without their regular captain Dane van Niekerk who is out of the series with injury and without their stand-in captain Sune Luus, who is ill. Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt set it up before Lara Goodall's career-best sealed the deal.

Yadav to Kapp, no run

Punched into the covers.There's no run there.

Yadav to Kapp, FOUR runs

now she gets hold of it. Beautiful drive that beats a diving mid-off and puts South Africa two away.

Yadav to Kapp, no run

Marizanne comes out of the crease to try and drive that down the ground but misses and is far out of the crease. She turns back and almost kicks the ball onto her stumps but it rolls away

end of over 4810 runs
SA-W: 261/3CRR: 5.43 RRR: 3.00
Lara Goodall59 (66b 5x4)
Marizanne Kapp14 (14b 1x4)
Deepti Sharma 9-0-43-0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 9-1-39-1
Sharma to Goodall, FOUR runs

ooooh la la! She's done it again. Goodall likes this reverse-sweep and she's played it again. Working with the turn, she gets that over the top and its another four. South Africa are a stroke away from winning the series.

Sharma to Kapp, 1 run

punched through mid-wicket off the back foot. Just 10 needed now

Sharma to Goodall, 1 run

pushed to mid-off

Sharma to Goodall, no run

defended down the pitch

Sharma to Goodall, FOUR runs

Well, well. Out comes the reverse-sweep and she's got that away. There's no-one at short third man and she's spotted the vacancy and filled it

Sharma to Goodall, no run

width from Deepti Sharma and Goodall backs away to try and cut. She misses and they're checking for the stumping. She's stepped far out of her crease but has managed to get the foot back quickly

end of over 478 runs
SA-W: 251/3CRR: 5.34 RRR: 5.33
Marizanne Kapp13 (13b 1x4)
Lara Goodall50 (61b 3x4)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 9-1-39-1
Radha Yadav 9-0-60-0
Gayakwad to Kapp, no run

pushed to mid-on. Good over for South Africa, scoring eight runs off it. They need 16 off the last three.

Gayakwad to Kapp, no run

Strong drive back to the bowler, hit hard but enough to get past Gayakwad

Gayakwad to Kapp, 2 runs

Found that gap in the covers again but this one is not hit quite as well and can be chased down

Gayakwad to Kapp, no run

Defended off the back foot

Gayakwad to Kapp, FOUR runs

carved through the covers, off the back foot and perfectly placed. Bisects the fielders and well-timed enough to reach the rope

Gayakwad to Kapp, 2 runs

swiped off the back foot to mid-on. They want two and it's tight but Goodall puts in the dive at the non-striker's end and gets there

end of over 465 runs
SA-W: 243/3CRR: 5.28 RRR: 6.00
Lara Goodall50 (61b 3x4)
Marizanne Kapp5 (7b)
Radha Yadav 9-0-60-0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 8-1-31-1
Yadav to Goodall, no run

down the track and hit to midwicket. South Africa still need to score at a run a ball to win the match

Yadav to Kapp, 1 run

pushed to mid-on, along the ground this time and they're able to hustle through for the single

Yadav to Kapp, no run

bunted to mid-on

Yadav to Goodall, 1 run

fifty for Goodall. She gets there with a swipe off the back foot. Great innings. That's her second fifty so far.

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 5-match series 3-1
Match numberWODI no. 1193
Match days14 March 2021 - day (50-over match)
WODI debut
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