Indian women’s cricket team lost to South Africa by 115 runs in their fifth match of ICC Women’s World Cup held on Grace Road ground on Saturday. Chasing the target of 274 runs from South Africa, the Indian team managed to score only 158 runs in 46 overs. This is the first defeat of the Indian team in this World Cup. Although the Indian team, despite this defeat, has remained in second place in the match table with four wins in five matches.
Deepti Sharma (60) and Jhulan Goswami (48) could fight for India. Apart from these, only Poonam Raut (22) and Ekta Bisht (13) could reach double digits.
The Indian team’s start to chase big scores was very bad. Opener Smriti Mandhana (4) returned to the pavilion before reaching the two-digit individual score in the third match. After this Poonam and Deepa tried their best to handle the team with a 43-run partnership for the second wicket. But on the last ball of the 12th over, Poonam’s got clean bowled as soon as she departs, the start of the fall of the wicket started. Over the 20th over, India’s seven wickets fell on the totals of 65, from where the victory of South Africa started becoming concrete.
Deepti kept the Indian struggle alive with a 53-run partnership with Jhulan here, but India’s victory was almost over due to slow run-rate.
Captain Dane Van Niekerk departs Deepti in her first ball of 39th over. Jhulan remained unbeaten in 79 balls with six boundaries, although India failed to win.
For South Africa, Niekerk achieved the maximum of four wickets, while the skipper got two wickets. South Africa won the 3rd match out of five and registered his fourth 4th position. Earlier, after losing the toss, Lizelle Lee scored the highest score of 92 for South Africa. Niekerk also contributed 54 runs for her team to registered the win.