In Women’s cricket, India won the 3rd and final ODI against South Africa by six runs at Vadodara today. Electing to bat first, India scored 146 runs in 45.5 overs. In reply, South Africa were all out for 140 in 48 overs. For India, Ekta Bisht scalped 3 South African wickets while D.B. Sharma and R.S. Gayakwad claimed two wickets each. India made a disastrous start after winning the toss, losing openers Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues in the second over.
With the hosts reeling at 55 for five, T20 skipper Harmanpreet Singh steadied the innings with a 76-ball 38 with the other valuable contribution coming from Shikha Pandey (35 off 40). Most of the batters, including captain Mithali Raj (11 off 46), failed to shift gears after getting settled, resulting in India posting a below-par total. In the end, even that proved to be enough against South Africa who were on course for a comfortable win at 103 for five in the 30th over.
However, India fought back through their spinners and even part timers Harmanpreet and Rodrigues did their bit. The India women had already clinched the ODI series with two consecutive wins. Earlier, India clinched the six-match T20 series 3-1, with two games being washed out due to rain.