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Triumphant in ODIs, India women eye dominance in T20s

Press Trust of India  |  Potchefstroom 

The ODI series triumph was offset slightly by a loss in the closing match but that would hardly dent the Indian women's team's confidence as it heads into a five-game against South Africa, starting here tomorrow.

After commanding victories in the first two ODIs, Indian women lost by seven wickets in the third ODI here last Friday.

The loss, however, hardly made any difference as the Indians had pocketed the three-ODI series by then.

The defeat definitely came as a jolt but Indian women would look to shrug off the disappointment and make a winning start to their T20 campaign here.

The visitors were at their dominating best in the first two ODIs, recording huge 88 and 178-run wins before slumping to the loss.

While the led side in the ODI series, the T20s will witness a new in the explosive Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet will be assisted by in-form batswoman Smriti Mandhana.

would also be bolstered by the inclusion of T20 specialist Anuja Patil and debutant all-rounder and wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parveen in the squad.

The T20 squad also features 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues, who had grabbed headlines after scoring 202 in 163 balls in an Under-19 game.

After a rare failure in last ODI, the Indians would be relying heavily on Mandhana to provide a solid start to the innings.

Deepti Sharma and and Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 79 and 56 respectively in a losing cause in the last match, would be hoping to carry on their good form in the shortest format.

India's success also relies heavily on Harmanpreet and Mithali Raj's contributions.

On the front, veteran Jhulan Goswami is expected to return to the playing eleven after being rested for the third ODI.

In Jhulan's absence, the Indian attack lacked sting in the last match as Mignon du scored a valiant 90 to pull off a consolation win for

Du was ably assisted by opener (59) as the duo laid the foundation for a successful run chase.

Among the South African bowlers, left-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail would look to carry on her impressive form.

She did the maximum damage to in the last ODI picking up four wickets while conceding just 30 runs from her nine overs.

Teams (from):


India: (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar,

South Africa: (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.

Match starts: 4:30 PM (IST).

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 12:40 IST
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