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Mithali's unbeaten half ton helps India women beat SA by 7 wkts

Press Trust of India  |  Potchefstroom 

Opener held the innings together with an unbeaten half-century as Indian women notched up a comfortable seven-wicket victory over in the first T20 International here today.

Mithali (54) shared two crucial stands -- a 69-run partnership for the third wicket with debutant Jemimah Rodrigues (37) and then added 52 runs with Veda Krishnamurthy (37 not out) for the unbroken fourth wicket -- as chased down a target of 165 with seven balls to spare.

led the five-match T20 International series 1-0.

Mithali's knock, her 11th T20 International half century, came from 48 deliveries and she hit six fours, one six and carried her bat through the innings. finished at 168 for three in 18.5 overs.

The 17-year-old Rodrigues also batted impressively, hitting four boundaries and a six during her breezy 27-ball knock.

After Rodrigues was out in the 14th over, Krishnamurthy did not allow the momentum to slow down, as she hit three boundaries and three sixes in her 22-ball innings.

The other opener, Smriti Mandhana, contributed 28 while one-down Harmanpreet Kaur was run out for nought in the first ball she faced.

For South Africa, leg-spinner and left-arm pacer Moseline Daniels, took a wicket apiece.

Earlier, put into bat, scored 164 for four in their allotted 20 overs, with making a hurricane 32 not out off just seven balls. She struck four sixes and two boundaries in a late batting pyrotechnic.

Tyron took 23 runs (3 sixes and 1 four) from the final over bowled by a clueless Shikha Pandey. was the other not out batsmen on 23 off 25 deliveries.

Other notable contributors were opener (38 off 31 balls) and Mignon du Preez (31 off 27 balls).

A has forced veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami to withdraw from the five-match series but the team did not feel her absence till Tyron's blitz gave the South Africans a competitive total.

For India, Anuja Patil grabbed two wickets for four runs while Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar took one apiece.

Brief Scores:

South Africa: 164/4 in 20 overs (38; 32 not out; Anuja Patil 2/23).

India: 168/3 in 18.5 overs (54 not out, Jemimah Rodrigues 37, Veda Krishnamurthy 37 not out; Dane van Niekerk 1/23, Moseline Daniels 1/16).

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:05 IST
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