Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the women’s tri-series final between India and South Africa at the Buffalo Park in East London.
India’s Deepti Sharma is adjudged Player of the Series. She has nine wickets under her belt and scored 49 runs in this series.
Rana replaces Deepti. FOUR off the first ball! Rana tries to bowl it full but de Klerk meets it full toss and smokes it on the legside. Tryon slogs it through the legside, Vastrakar DROPS IT! and adding insult to injury it goes out for a SIX and SOUTH AFRICA WIN THE MATCH BY FIVE WICKETS!
Gaakwad replaces Vastrakar. Single and Tryon gets to her 50, what an innings under pressure and that too of just 30 balls.
Depti is in to bowl her final over. Tryon on fire!! Smokes it over deep midwicket for a SIX! Comfortable win on the cards for South Africa as it needs just 15 to win. 13 from that over
Vastrakar to Tryon and it is punched away for a FOUR through the off side, brilliant stroke making. Couple of runs to follow. Tryon with a beautiful straight drive, FOUR runs. Two runs to finish. 14 from it
Rana replaces Vastrakar. CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Derckson gets a leading edge and Rana grabs the catch with ease. Just 2 runs and a wicket
Thakur continues. Tryon down the track and clears the infield easily, shouts for a catch but the ball lands safely, two runs. Looks like Harmanpreet is still in pain, worrying signs for India with just over a week left for the World Cup. FOUR! Derckson pulls a short ball as it races to the boundary. Consecutive FOURS! Huge over for South Africa, pressure off the batters’ shoulders. 12 from that over
Pooja Vastrakar is brought in, reaplaces Gayakwad. First ball dot. Run out attempt at the non strker’s end and it runs away for an overthrow, Derksen steals a double. Six from the over
Thakur back into the attack. WICKET!! Luus gets a leading edge and Deepti takes the catch comfortably. Comeback on the cards? Annerie Dercksen is in at 6. End of the over, just 2 runs and a wicket.
Gayakwad returns and is unlucky to see that first ball run away for four. Tried a bit too hard to attack the stumps there. Meanwhile, MILESTONE ALERT FOR SUNE LUUS: She reaches 1000 runs in T20is, the sixth player to manage to cross the mark. Harman seems to have some discomfort in her left shoulder. The physio is working on her arm as the teams get enough time to break for drinks. Might not be great news for India fans. Harmanpreet Kaur is off the field. SA uses the break to their benefit with Tryon sending the ball racing through mid-on. Good over for SA - 10 runs off it.
Renuka Thakur into the attack, replaces Gayakwad. Three dots to start off. Just two runs from that over
Devika Vaidya is in to bowl the eigth. Tryon comes down the track and lofts it over long on for a FOUR! Width offered and Tyron crunches it through the covers for a FOUR yet again. WIDE. Single to finish. 12 from that over
Gayakwad replaces Deepti. Couple of singles to start off. WICKET! GOODALL DEPARTS! Full and straight Goodall attempts a slog, misses and her stumps are castled. Three runs and a wicket from that over
Rana bowls the sixth. WICKET! Kept it low and full, Brits edges it to Yastika Bhatia! The first two dots have done the trick, forced Brits to attempt for a big one. FOUR! Luus plays a lofted on drive that races away for a boundary.
Deepti resumes. Good length pitching outside off, Goodall swings but takes a n outside edge, falls safe though. A couple of runs to finish. Five from that over
Sneh Rana is in to bowl the fourth. Fantastic stuff from Rana, keeps it simple and to the stumps offering no room. Five balls up and just one conceded. Just two from the over
Deepti continues. Kept low, Wolvaardt takes a big swing and misses, huge shout from Deepti but the umpire thinks otherwise. WICKET! Deepti strikes! Pitched wide outside off and took a massive turn and castles Wolvaardt’s stumps! Brilliant over, just one run and a wicket
Rajeshwari Gayakwad will bowl the second. Brits gets off the mark with a massive SIX! Comes down the track and slots it over long-on, first maximum in this match. SO CLOSE! arm ball and Brits gets an inside edge but to the pads. WIDE down the legside. Seven from the over
Deepti to Wolvaardt. Starts with four dots, Wolvaardt is strugling due to the lack of pace and flight. Maiden over!
Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits will open for South Africa. Deepti starts with the ball
Khaka to bowl the last over. To the pads, Deepti plays a lofted pickup shot for just a run. Slow and full, Deol cuts it for a FOUR past third man! WICKET! Full and straight, Deol moves away and tries a shot through covers but misses it, stumps rattled! Single to finish. India ends up with just 109-4 on board, well below par. It is up to Deepti Sharma and co to see the Women in Blue through. South Africa on the other hand will be extremely pleased with their bowling and fielding.
Ismail is back, replaces Luus. Deepti makes space and smashes it for a FOUR! through covers. India needs a lot more of that. Short, Deol kneels down and tries to slash it but it takes a top edge and goes just out of reach of the short fine fielder. DROPPED! Eight off that over
Tryon continues. WIDE down the legside and Deol sneaks a single. WIDE yet again and Deepti gets a single off it this time. Single to finish. 10 from that over. Batters need to score big for India to reach the average score of 120+. Things are looking bleak for India right now
Luus to Deepti, driven through the offside and it is just a single. Deol continues to frustrate bowlers, width on the offside, Deol slaps it through the legside for a FOUR! Seven off that over
Tryon replaces Mlaba. Deepti Sharma is in at five. Tidy over, just six from it.
Luus continues. Full and wide, Deol dances down and lofts it over covers for a double. WICKET! Three similar wickets, flighed yet again, Kaur comes down the track and misses, STUMPED! Seven runs and a wicket from that over
Mlaba is back into the attack, replaces Tryon. Two run out chances and the South Africans hav squandered both of them. Four from that over
Luus resumes. Wide outside off, Deol comes down the track and clears the infield but brilliant work from the fielder to stop it running away for a boundary. Three from the over
Tryon continues. Slow and flighted, Deol comes down the track but fails to hit it properly, dot. Deol sweeps and sweeps hard but Brits does well to stop it! WIDE and it runs away for a FOUR down the legside! Seven from that over
Sune Luus into the attack Mlaba. Full and wide, Kaur drives it through covers for a single. Googly and Kaur gets caught off guard, check her shot in the last moment,takes an inside edge and falls safely. Five from that over
Chloe Tryon replaces de Klerk. Single off the first ball. FOUR! Kaur attempsts a slog sweep but it takes a top edge and runs to the boundary. Eight off that over. DRINKS
Mlaba continues. Width offered, Kaur gets on her knees and helps it towards third man for a couple of runs. Short and wide, Kaur cuts it away for a FOUR! Driven through the covers for a single. Single to finish. 10 off that over
de Klerk back into attack, replaces Khaka. Full and straight, Kaur drives it straight butde Klerk gets her hand in the middle, would’ve been a boundary otherwise. Single to follow. Four from that over
Mlaba is back, replaces de Klerk. Jemimah gets off strike with a single. Mlaba gets her second, WICKET! Jemimah makes the same mistake as Mandhana, good flight as Deol comes down the track and misses to connect and gets stumped by Sinalo Jafta. Just two from the over and a wicket
Khaka resumes. Good length ball and it is driven for a FOUR! Harleen joins the party now. FOUR! on consecutive deliveries, Harleen pulls it as the ball races towards the boundary. Eight off that over
Nadine de Klerk is into the attack now. Jemimah with a backfoot push, no run. Huge relef for India, as Jemimah smashes it for a FOUR! Jemimah on a roll, outside off and it is slashed for a FOUR! Dot to finish. Eight runs off that over
Ayabonga Khaka is the new bowler in. Starts off with a dot. Single to follow. End of that over, just one came from it
Ismail continues. Harleen Deol is in at three. She finally concedes a run on her 10th delivery, bowls to Jemimah’s pads and it is a leg bye. Short and fast, Deol decides to leave it alone. Dot to finish. Tidy, just a run came off that over
Nonkululeko Mlaba is all set to bowl the next over. Three dots! still nothing on the board for India. Jemimah finally gets the score board ticking as she opts for a lofted shot that clears the infield. WICKET!! Mandhana comes down the track but misses as the ball rattles the stumps. Huge wicket for South Africa. One run and a wcicket from that over!
Shabnim Ismail to Mandhana. Dot to start things off, Wolvaardt dives and seems like she has hurt herself, nothing serious though as she is back quickly with a bandaid o n her finger. No runs still on the board, four balls up. Maiden over!
Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues will open for India. Shabnim Ismail starts with the ball.
We are just minutes away from the final, players have lind up for the national anthem. India’s anthem plays first
India: Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Devika Vaidya, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Annerie Dercksen, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
In the five full T20I matches taken place in this series at this venue, the teams batting first have won three and the teams chasing have won two fixtures. The average score at this venue has been recorded as 129/5.
According to weather reports, the possibility of rain playing spoilsport tonight is little to none. Although, we might see couldy skies throughout the match. Great news considering the previous match between the two teams was called off due to rain.
Timings: Toss at 6:00pm IST and match starts at 6:30pm IST
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Tournament: WOMENS T20I TRI-SERIES IN SOUTH AFRICA 2023
UMPIRES: Lauren Agenbag , Thomas Mokorosi , Ryan Hendricks
REFEREE: Shandre Alvida Fritz
The women’s tri-series final can be live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and will also be telecast on the Star Sports network.
Harmanpreet Kaur-led India takes on South Africa in the women’s tri-series final at the Buffalo Park in East London on Thursday.
India is unbeaten so far in the series while South Africa suffered a solitary loss in the reverse fixture that happened on January 19.
Skipper Harmanpreet (236 runs in 9 matches) and Smriti Mandhana (265 runs in 9 matches have been the standout performers with the bat for India in the recent times, while Deepti Sharma, 8 wickets under her belt this series, has been in brilliant form with the ball.
For South Africa, Laura Wolvaardt has been an anchor in the middle order, scoring 231 runs in the last 10 matches.
India and South Africa have a similar head-to-head stats in the recent past, winning two matches apiece and one has ended up without result due to rain, earlier in this series.
WIth the Women’s T20 World Cup, that is set to commence on February 10 in South Africa, this will be a good rehearsal for both the sides.