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Stats Analysis

South Africa overhaul spin threat to a rare series win in India

All the statistical highlights from the five-match Women's ODI series

South Africa Women overcame an Indian team that was in red-hot form in ODI cricket  •  BCCI

South Africa Women overcame an Indian team that was in red-hot form in ODI cricket  •  BCCI

6 Consecutive ODI series won by India Women before the 1-4 loss against South Africa Women. The streak of six consecutive series wins was the longest for India Women in the format, where they won 13 of the 18 matches played. The series defeat against South Africa was just the sixth instance of India Women losing a bilateral ODI series at home.
2 ODI series in women's cricket with five or more matches before this one between India and South Africa where the chasing team won all the games. The series between New Zealand and England in 2000 witnessed all five ODIs won by the chasing team; another series between the same teams in 2010 ended in the same manner.
53.15 Bowling average of Indian spinners in the series against South Africa, their worst in a Women's ODI series/tournament where they bowled 100 or more overs. The bowling strike rate of 70.7 by the Indian spinners in the five-match ODI series is also their worst in a series/tournament of this format.
1 Mithali Raj became the first player to complete 7000 runs in women's ODIs. No other player has breached the 6000-run milestone even. During this series, Raj also became just the second player after Charlotte Edwards (10273) to complete 10000 runs in women's international cricket.
3 Centuries by Lizelle Lee in ODI cricket, the most by any player for South Africa Women in this format. Lee's unbeaten 132 in the third match of the series was the third-highest ODI score for her team, and the fourth-highest individual score in a Women's ODI chase.
10 successive fifty-plus scores for Smriti Mandhana in an ODI chase since the start of 2018. She is the first player to accomplish this feat. In all, she scored 743 runs at an average of 123.83 in those ten ODI chases.
150 Wickets taken by Shabnim Ismail in her ODI career, the first South African and the seventh player with 150-plus wickets in women's ODIs. Ismail completed the milestone in the fourth ODI, which was her 105th match of the format. Only Cathryn Fitzpatrick (91) reached 150 women's ODI wickets quicker than Ismail.
4 Fifty-plus scores by South Africa's top four batters in the fourth ODI. It was only the second instance in Women's ODI cricket where players batting in the top four positions scored 50-plus runs in the same innings. The South African team also created the first instance of four players scoring 50-plus runs in a women's ODI chase.
62.6 Bowling strike rate of spin bowlers during this five-match ODI series, the worst in any women's ODI series/tournament wherever they bowled at least 150 overs. The Indian spinners picked up 13 wickets at a strike rate of 70.7, while the visitors claimed six wickets, with each one coming every 45 balls.
0 Players older than Raj and Jhulan Goswami (38) to represent India in a women's ODI game. They take over from Diana Edulji who was 37 years and 184 days old when she played her last game in 1993.
68 Runs conceded by Radha Yadav, the second-most by any player on Women's ODI debut. Cara Murray of Ireland gave away 119 runs on her ODI debut against New Zealand in 2018.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo