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MATCH RESULT: India 266/4 in 50 overs lose to South Africa 269/4 in 48.4 overs.
Right! What a day it has been. Laura Wolvaardt called it right at the toss and inserted India in. Mandhana fell early, Punia fell after getting a start. But Punam Raut, with her third ODI hundred, Mithali Raj with 45 and Harmanpreet Kaur's late fireworks took India to a competitive score of 266/4 in their 50 overs.
In the chase, the South African opening pair of Lizelle Lee and Woolvardt laid the foundations and their good work was taken forward by Lara Goddall and Mignon du Preez, whose 100+ stand took the visitors and won them the series.
That is all we have today from the 4th ODI. Join us again for the fifth ODI on Wednesday.
Mignon du Preez, Player of the match: I am sharing this with Laura. It is nice to contribute, I am one of the experienced players. The openers set the platform for the rest. It is something we have wanted to do, contribute in the middle. This series win is special and going to treasure it.
Laura Wolvaardt, South Africa captain: She is more than welcome to come back (On Sune Luus missing out). I am fresh to the job, using the help of seniors.I am trying to be attacking. One in the top four must play a long innings for us. (On her dismissal) I was frustrated at it.
Mithali Raj, India captain: If you score 266 runs, it wont be enough in the way South Africa has batted. We need to improve our fielding and running between the wickets. It was a match where we could see whether our other bowlers are up for it. Both teams have batted well. South Africa has bowled well too.
South Africa has taken an unassailable lead in the series with a win in the 4th ODI. We will hear from the captains shortly. Stick around.
South Africa 269/3 in 48.4 overs: South Africa has chased down the target with relative ease, with seven wickets in hand and eight balls to spare.
South Africa 261/3 in 48 overs: SA in absolute cruise control mode. They are nearing the target with audacity. Twin reverse sweeps from Goddall yields 10 runs.
South Africa 251/3 in 47 overs: India is buckling under the pressure put on them by South Africa. Misfields at any stage is unacceptable, at this stage of this game, even more. Eight runs from that over.
South Africa 243/3 in 46 overs: SA needs run-a-ball. Can India squeeze in another wicket?
Lara Goddall gets to her fifty. She began slow, but has paced her innings well. 50 off 60 balls.
South Africa 238/3 in 45 overs: Gayakwad removes du Preez, but is it too little too late for India? South Africa is 29 runs away from clinching this series.
Marizanne Kapp walks in.
South Africa in 44.2 overs: WICKET! du Preez skies one high of the bowling of Gayakwad, Kaur comes under it and takes it easily. She goes for 61.
South Africa 236/2 in 44 overs: Six runs coming from that Harmanpreet Kaur over. South Africa needs 31 runs for victory.
100 run partnership between Goddall and du Preez. They have taken the game completely away from India.
South Africa 230/2 in 43 overs: South Africa is marching to a win here. Joshi proving to be extremely expensive on the day and gives away 10 runs in the 43rd over.
du Preez notches up her first fifty on Indian soil.
South Africa 220/2 in 42 overs: India under a lot of pressure here. du Preez and Goddall are playing sensible cricket and driving South Africa forward here. Another eight run over.
South Africa 212/2 in 41 overs: A much-needed quiet over for India. Just six runs coming from it.
South Africa 206/2 in 40 overs: An expensive, expensive over from Radha Yadav to close the Batting Poweplay. 15 runs coming from it.
South Africa 191/2 in 39 overs: Nine runs from that Deepti Sharma over. India needs to break this stand quickly. 76 runs needed in 66 balls.
50-run stand between Goodall and du Preez
South Africa 182/2 in 38 overs: The best over of the Powerplay for South Africa so far. Eight runs coming from it.
South Africa 174/2 in 37 overs: India has had the better start in the Powerplay so far.
A run-out appeal. It has been referred upstairs. du Preez is well in. NOT OUT.
South Africa 171/2 in 36 overs: Good start to the Powerplay for India as Rajeshwari Gayakwad gives away just one run.
Time for the Batting Powerplay!
South Africa 170/2 in 35 overs: These two batters have transferred the pressure back on the Indian bowlers. A crucial phase to the innings and dare I say, to the series is about to begin.
South Africa 162/2 in 34 overs: du Preez is bringing South Africa back into this contest. Expensive over from Poonam Yadav, 14 runs come from it.
South Africa 148/2 in 33 overs: Two runs coming from that over.
South Africa 146/2 in 32 overs: First boundary in some time for South Africa as du Preez takes a Radha Yadav ball on the full and flicks it for four. Good over for South Africa, six runs of it.
South Africa 140/2 in 31 overs: India is applying the brakes and doing it efficiently. Yet another quiet over from Joshi. Just four singles coming of it.
South Africa 136/2 in 30 overs: Three runs from that Radha Yadav over. You have to believe this is their chance to strangle South Africa.
South Africa 133/2 in 29 overs: The bowling change works for India as Joshi removes Wolvaardt for 53.
South Africa in 28.3 overs: WICKET! Joshi does the trick for India. A full ball on off-stump, Wolvaardt goes for the drive, the ball takes the outside edge and it is caught easily by Sushma Verma. NOW! NOW!
Mansi Joshi is back for a second spell.
South Africa 132/1 in 28 overs: Turn for Radha Yadav of the last ball of her over, squaring Wolvaardt up completely. India clawing its way back into the game with some quiet overs.
Yadav replaces Yadav. Radha comes into bowl, in place of Poonam.
South Africa 130/1 in 27 overs: Kaur keeping it tidy at her end. Three runs from that over.
South Africa 127/1 in 26 overs: Five runs from that Poonam Yadav over.
Fifty for Wolvaardt. Gone a bit unnoticed thanks to Lee's exploits at the other end, but it has been an important innings from the captain.
South Africa 122/1 in 25 overs: At the halfway stage, South Africa is 122 for 1. Four runs came from that Kaur over.
South Africa 118/1 in 24 overs: That wicket over is backed by a tidy over from Poonam Yadav, who gives away just two runs.
South Africa 116/1 in 23 overs: India get the wicket they so desperately needed. Lara Goodall has walked in at 3.
South Africa in 23 overs: WICKET! Lee goes, lbw by Harmanpreet Kaur for 69. Lee, looking to sweep a straight ball, misses it, the ball hits her pads and she is caught plumb in front.
South Africa 110/0 in 22 overs: Economical over from Poonam Yadav with a mere three runs coming from it.
South Africa 107/0 in 21 overs: Four runs from that Kaur over.
South Africa 103/0 in 20 overs: The Lee-Wolvaardt show is on in full swing as the duo helps SA cross 100 runs, with yet another fruitful over. Seven runs coming from it.
South Africa 96/0 in 19 overs: Nothing seems to be working for India as Kaur concedes eight runs in her first over.
Fifty for Lizelle Lee. Off 57 balls. What a series she is having!
A fifth spinner into the attack as the capped and sunglasses laden Harmanpreet Kaur comes into bowl.
South Africa 88/0 in 18 overs: One run in the first over after the break, bowled by Poonam Yadav.
Time for a drinks break. India has a lot of thinking to do, about their strategy, field placements and more. The South African opening pair has made them chase leather in what seems like generous batting conditions. Will the break bring about a change in fortunes for the hosts?
South Africa 87/0 in 17 overs: Four runs from that Deepti Sharma over, a tidy one.
South Africa 83/0 in 16 overs: 4 runs from Poonam Yadav's first over.
India is under a lot of pressure and all credit to both the South African batswomen for putting them in that situation. The fourth spinner in this attack today, Poonam Yadav, is coming into bowl now.
South Africa 79/0 in 15 overs: Lee is nearing yet another fifty, just six runs away as India continues its search for the wicket.
South Africa 74/0 in 14 overs: Five runs coming from that Radha Yadav over as Lee and Wolvaardt continue to build on this start.
South Africa 69/0 in 13 overs: First indication of this wicket turning in that over from Deepti. One run coming from that.
South Africa 68/0 in 12 overs: South Africa is motoring on at some pace here. India in desperate need for wickets.
Mandhana seems to have injured her shoulder while trying to save a boundary in the deep. She has left the field for treatment and is replaced by Jemimah Rodrigues. A grim afternoon just turned worse for India.
South Africa 60/0 in 11 overs: Economical start from Deepti. Just a solitary run came of it.
Deepti Sharma is coming into bowl.
South Africa 59/0 in 10 overs: The opening Powerplay ends and South Africa is off to a terrific start, reminiscent of what happened last Sunday. Lee and Wolvaardt have dominated the bowling and India has a real task on its hand to claw their way back into this game.
South Africa 53/0 in 9 overs: India seemed to have pulled things back in the last couple of overs, but a four off the last ball gives South Africa six runs from that over.
South Africa 47/0 in 8 overs: Maiden over from Gayakwad.
Lee getting some treatment by the physio. She is back to her feet and ready to bat again.
South Africa 47/0 in 7 overs: Lee using the sweep to excellent effect against the stump-to-stump line bowled by Radha Yadav and gets two boundaries. India unable to stop the run flow in this opening Powerplay.
The debutant Radha Yadav now into the attack. She was presented the cap by Smriti Mandhana before play started today.
South Africa 37/0 in 6 overs: Gayakwad has now followed suit. Yet another expensive over for India. Lee and Wolvaardt are laying the building blocks for this chase with ease here.
South Africa 29/0 in 5 overs: This has been a poor start from MJ. She's been either too short or too wide and has allowed Lee and Wolvaardt to settle in, which as we have seen so far, could be lethal. 10 runs from that over.
South Africa 19/0 in 4 overs: Economical over from Gayakwad. Just two runs of it.
South Africa 17/0 in 3 overs: An expensive over from Joshi, yielding 9 runs and South Africa is off to a quick start in this chase of 267 runs.
MJ written at the back of Mansi Joshi's jersey. Sport has seen quite a eminent athletes emerge with that acronym.
South Africa 8/0 in 2 overs: Just one poor ball from Gayakwad yielding four runs from Wolvaardt's bat, who sweeps it behind square for her first boundary.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to share the new ball with Mansi Joshi.
South Africa 4/0 in 1 over: Lee is off and running with an uppish boundary over point. Just the boundary from that over by Joshi.
Mansi Joshi to start proceedings for India. Lizelle Lee to take strike
WELCOME BACK! Lizelle Lee and Laura Woolvaardt will open the innings in the chase. They put on 169 runs for the first wicket last Sunday, but India made the early inroad in the next two games to stop the pair from dominating early.
Will it be 2-2 or 3-1? We will know soon.
Remember India will defend this 267-run target without the services of Jhulan Goswami. Jhulan has enjoyed some remarkable success in this tour. Two wickets in the first game, four in the second and two again in the third ODI. Radha Yadav is making her debut in this game.
It's been an interesting day with milestones galore.
- Ismail dismissed Mandhana to register her 150th ODI wicket, the first South African woman to do so
- Mithali Raj crossed 7,000 ODI runs - the first woman to do so in the history of the game so far, extending her run as highest run-getter in the format
- Punam Raut's consistency has been enviable this series. Two half centuries and now a hundred - her third in ODIs.
- India's score of 266 is the highest of the tour so far. It is also only the third time in 15 ODIs since 2018 that the side has managed to cross the 250-run mark.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Innings summary: What a day this has been for India. Losing the toss and put in to bat without out-of-form Jemimah Rodrigues, India still had some starting trouble with Smriti Mandhana walking back to the pavilion earlycgiving Shabnim Ismail her 150th ODI wicket -the first South African to reach the mark in women's cricket. Punam Raut and Priya Punia came together to steady the Indian innings adding 44 runs for the second wicket before Priya Punia fell in the 16th over after a fluent 51-ball 32. Mithali Raj and Raut then rebuilt the innings again, adding 103 runs for the third wicket with the India skipper reaching 7,000 ODI runs in the process, making her the first to the mark in women's cricket. After Mithali's dismissal, Lucknow witnessed a blitz from Harmanpreet Kaur who began dealing in boundaries in her quickfire half century. Soon after Kaur's dismissal, Raut cruised to a century, her third in ODIs to help India to 266 in its 50 overs. The South Africans were helpless today - given this is the highest total of the tour so far, it goes without saying that the bowlers were expensive today. While the pitch was expected bowlers in the first 10 overs, the visitor was unable to unsettle India to an extent that could worry the host. The South Africans do have the firepower to chase this down and will depend on a good opening stand to set the pace for the chase. Second innings coming up next. Stick around.
India 266/4 in 50 overs: A good end for South Africa with the final over going for just seven runs. What a performance by India!
India 259/4 in 49 overs: Raut gets to her third ODI century with the over yielding seven runs.
100 for Punam Raut. What a finely built innings this has been from the batter. 100 in 119 balls with 10 boundaries.
India 252/3 in 48 overs: Kaur fetched 13 runs from the over before falling for 54, trying to get more runs.
India in 47.5 overs: WICKET! Seekhukhune gets Harmanpreet for 54, as the batter goes for a wild swing on the off side, misses the ball and gets bowled. But what a fine cameo it was from the Indian ODI vice-captain.
50 for Harmanpreet Kaur. It has come off 33 balls and given India's innings the impetus it needed.
India 239/3 in 47 overs: Economical last couple of overs for South Africa with just 5 runs coming off that Bosch over.
India 234/3 in 46 overs: Both India and South Africa needs a good finish to this innings and the latter has begun well in its quest to it, with four runs coming off the 46th over.
We are into the last five overs of the Indian innings.
India 230/3 in 45 overs: What looked like would be an economical over from Ismail, turned into a good one for India, as Raut deliberately opened her bat face to fetch a four past the third man fielder off the last ball.
India 223/3 in 44 overs: Seven runs coming from Sekhukhune's seventh over.
Mithali Raj eclipsed yet another landmark in her career today. Read more about that here
India 216/3 in 43 overs: Six runs coming off the 43rd over.
50 run stand between Raut and Harmanpreet, in a mere 35 balls.
India going at exactly 5 runs an over now
India 210/3 in 42 overs: An over South Africa will take at this stage, considering the leakage in the last few overs. Seven runs coming from that Kapp over.
India 203/3 in 41 overs: Elegance personified from Harmanpreet, who opens the face of her bat to fetch yet another boundary. An expensive over from Ismail, yielding 13 runs.
India 190/3 in 40 overs: Harmanpreet is off and running. She has stroked four boundaries in the first nine balls that she has faced in the middle. India has made good use of this Powerplay, with 46 runs coming in five overs
Final over of the batting Powerplay.
India 179/3 in 39 overs: The first good over, in terms of runs, for South Africa in this Powerplay. Just five singles coming from that Bosch over.
India 174/3 in 38 overs: New batter Harmanpreet Kaur is off to a very quick start, scoring two boundaries in her first four deliveries and her role will be critical for India to reach a competitive score.
India in 37.1 overs: WICKET! Sekhukhune gets Mithali Raj for 45, caught by Ismail at mid-on. Crucial, crucial strike at this stage of the innings, with the new batter coming in on a pitch that seems to be slowing down a bit.
India 164/2 in 37 overs: Another productive over for the Indians with nine runs coming of it. South Africa needs to break this stand as soon as possible.
Raut and Raj have added 100 runs for the third wicket in 128 balls.
India 155/2 in 36 overs: A very promising start to the Powerplay for India as the first over fetches 11 runs, including two fours from Raut's bat.
The last five overs has yielded 25 runs for India and it has opted for the Batting Powerplay.
India 144/2 in 35 overs: Tidy stuff from Ismail as her 7th over yields just three runs.
India is going at a steady pace, but needs to pick up pace in the final 16 overs of this innings. Raut and Raj have built, what looks like a solid foundation for a final flourish.
Time for a drinks break
India 141/2 in 34 overs: Is this the over which gives India the desired momentum? Seven runs coming from that Kapp over, including a lofted boundary from Raut.
India 134/2 in 33 overs: Just one coming from Ismail's sixth over.
India 133/2 in 32 overs: A much-needed over for India to get some momentum into this innings. 10 runs coming from it.
50 for Punam Raut. Third consecutive half-century for the diminutive right-hander. This fifty coming in 68 deliveries.
Marizanne Kapp has been brought back into the attack.
India 123/2 in 31 overs: Four runs coming from that over as we enter the final 20 overs of this innings.
India 119/2 in 30 overs: Seven runs coming from Shangase's final over, the one which also saw Raj crossing the 7000-run mark in 50-overs cricket. What a career!
There it is! 7000 runs in ODI cricket for Mithali Raj, in 213th ODI.
Shangase now bowling her last over.
India 112/2 in 29 overs: Raut and Raj's stand crosses fifty, but India's innings in need of some quick momentum here.
India 108/2 in 28 overs: This is really tidy stuff from the South African bowlers. Just four runs coming from that over.
India 104/2 in 27 overs: That over brought up India's 100 as Raut and Raj continue to lay the foundations for a competitive score. Five runs came from that over.
India 98/2 in 26 overs: Five singles coming from that Shangase over.
Under 10 runs needed for Raj to reach Mount 7000 in ODIs. Goes without saying, but what a stupendous career this has been.
India 93/2 in 25 overs: Finally! India gets its first four in nearly five overs as Raut puts a rare bad ball away by Ismail to the long-on boundary. Six runs coming from that over.
Shabnim Ismail returns for yet another spell.
India 87/2 in 24 overs: Yet another tidy over, this time from Shangase. Just four singles of it. India needs a slight move-on here.
India 83/2 in 23 overs: South Africa is really bringing the scoring rate down to a trickle here as Raut and Raj find it tough to gather pace to this innings. Four runs coming from that over.
India 79/2 in 22 overs: Back to back tidy overs for South Africa as just two runs come from that Shangese over.
India 78/2 in 21 overs: Economical over from Sekhukhune with just two runs coming of it.
South Africa has dragged the scoring rate back in the 11-20 block of overs with only 34 runs come from those 60 deliveries. They also claimed the wicket of Punia in that phase.
India 76/2 in 20 overs: A full toss from Shangase is put away with ease by Raj to the square leg boundary. Five runs coming from that over.
India 71/2 in 19 overs: Tidy over from Sekhukhune with just one run from it.
India 70/2 in 18 overs: Raj gets her first boundary as she opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to the third man boundary. Good over for India as seven runs come from it.
India 63/2 in 17 overs: Bosch, like many of the other bowlers in their first overs today, starts economically as well with just two runs coming from her first over.
Anne Bosch intp the attack.
India 61/2 in 16 overs: A wicket maiden from Shangase as Mithali Raj, nearing yet another landmark in her career, joins Raut in the middle and plays out the rest of the over safely.
Time for a drinks break
India 61/2 in 15.1 : WICKET! Punia goes for the sweep, the ball takes the top edge of the bat and Khaka takes a good catch at fine leg. Punia falls, just as she was eyeing a big score, for 32 to Shangase.
India 61/1 in 15 overs: A pair of economical overs for South Africa with just one run coming from that Khaka over.
India 60/1 in 14 overs: A much-needed quiet over for the South Africans after a flourishing last few overs. Just two runs coming from it, bowled by Shangase.
India going at 4.46 runs an over. Punia and Raut starting to build a good foundation for the rest of the batting line-up.
India 58/1 in 13 overs: India's innings now motoring on. Yet another fruitful over for the hosts as eight runs come from that Khaka over. Punia stroking fine boundaries off Khaka's bowling.
India 50/1 in 12 overs: Expensive start from the off-spinner Shangase, as six runs come from that over. India brings up its fifty.
Just one over for Sekhukhune as Nondumiso Shangase replaces her in the attack. Perhaps, Sekhukhune will have a change in ends.
India 44/1 in 11 overs: That expensive over is followed by a quiet one from Khaka, with just two runs coming from it. The stand between these two batswomen now worth 27 runs.
India in 10 overs: India's best over of the innings, so far. 15 runs, including three fours, came from that. Can this over help them gather the momentum they need?
A double change for South Africa as Tumi Sekhukhune replaces Marizanne Kapp.
India 27/1 in 9 overs: A tidy start from Khaka, just a solitary run from that over.
Change in bowling as Ayabonga Khaka replaces Ismail.
India 26/1 in 8 overs: Punia gets a life as a diving Lizelle Lee drops a catch off Kapp's bowling at gully. Can she make the most of this? Three runs coming from the 8th over of this innings.
India 23/1 in 7 overs: Ismail giving nothing away in that over, maintaining a stump-to-stump line. Just one run coming of it. A moment of miscommunication between Raut and Punia almost resulted in the former running herself out, but no damage done.
India 22/1 in 6 overs: Five runs coming from that Kapp over with Punia stroking a boundary.
Ismail has reached the landmark in her 105th game. One of the all-time greats, as far as women's ODI cricket is concerned, with the ball. She is the second fastest to get there after Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
India 17/1 in 5 overs: WICKET! Ismail claims the 150th wicket of her career as Mandhana edges one to slip. The southpaw is caught by Lizelle Lee for 10.
India 14/0 in 4 overs: Just one run from that Kapp over. India off to a slow start in this fourth ODI.
India 13/0 in 3 overs: Ismail maintaining an outside off-stump channel, not giving enough room for Mandhana to free her arms in that over.
India 9/0 in 2 overs:
Marizanne Kapp to share the new ball with Ismail. Tidy first over from her, giving way just three runs.
India 5/0 in 1 over: Shabnam Ismail starts proceedings for South Africa. After Punia gets India off the mark, Mandhana plays a delightful stroke off the backfoot for four runs.
Pitch: There is a little bit of grass on this red soil surface. Having won the toss, the pacers might have a good run on this pitch. Shabnim Ismail might be able to use this to her advantage. The first six overs will be crucial for the bowlers.
Toss: South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt has won the toss and chosen to bowl. An unchanged SA lineup enters this match. No Luus. Jhulan Goswami is not playing today. Priya Punia and Radha Yadav come in for India.
Who is playing:
When does the match begin:
March 14, 9am IST
Where to watch:
India Women vs South Africa Women ODIs will be live on Star Sports 2 (and HD) and Star Sports 3 (and HD). The India Women vs South Africa Women ODIs will also be streamed online on Disney+Hotstar.
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