Smriti Mandhana century powers India to Win series over South Africa

Indian women’s cricket team outclass their South African team by a huge 178 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Kimberley to seal the three-match ODI series . With this win , India have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series , part of the ICC Women’s championship.

India opener Smriti Mandhana scored 135 runs off 129 balls. She hit 14 boundaries and a six during her innings and scored her second ODI century against South Africa.

The Indian women’s team posted 302 runs for the loss of three wickets in 50 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur (55) and Veda Krishnamurthy (51) chipped in with their unbeaten fifties.

Jhulan Goswami, who took only one wicket in the match, became the first woman cricketer to get 200 ODI wickets under her belt. The three-match series began on Monday and will give both teams a chance to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup. The series will culminate in Potchefstroom on February 10. The 35-year-old Goswami, playing her 166th ODI, achieved the feat when she dismissed opener Laura Wolvaardt for her 200th scalp.

India then rode on impressive spin bowling from leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (4/24), left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/14), off-spinner Deepti Sharma 2/34) to bowl out the hosts for 124 in 30.5 overs as India gained valuable points for the World Cup 2021 qualification. The only other South African batswoman to have reached double-digit score was Marizanne Kapp, who remained unbeaten on 17.

Brief Scores:

India women: 302 for 3 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 135; Sune Luus 1/31).

South Africa women: 124 all out in 30.5 overs (Lizelle Lee 73; Poonam Yadav 4/24).

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