India vs South Africa women, 4th T20I: Match abandoned

Catch all the LIVE updates as the Indian women take on South Africa in the fourth T20 at SuperSport Park, Centurion. With a series win in sight for the women in blue, the match promises to be a humdinger.

A win in the fourth T20I against South Africa will give the Indian women a series win.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live updates from the fourth T20 between India women and South Africa women from the SuperSport Park in Centurion. It is a double whammy for all the fans as India men take on the South Africa men later in the day and both the teams are chasing history - a win will help India clinch the series in the rainbow nation.

India hasn't won a series in South Africa and this is the best chance! India has an upper hand in the head to head record, winning three out of the four played.

Toss update:

Harmanpreet Kaur calls it right at the spin of the coin. India has invited South Africa to bat first. "We have had success in the first two games chasing. I believe it is good to chase in short formats. We have learnt a lot and focus in today, It is a fresh day and give our best," says Harmanpreet, at the toss.

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We will now move on to the fifth and final T20I in a couple of days time. See you there! We have just had 15.3 overs of action today and we hope we can have a full match in the fifth and final T20. Thank you for tuning in.

We have some bad news from SuperSport Park. The match has been abandoned.

This means there is a slight good news. India cannot lose the series from here on. If South Africa manages to win the next game, the series will be drawn 2-2.

The teams shake hands and this is India's first abandoned game in T20I history.

This is what India would be chasing:

15-over match: 148

10-over match: 109

5-over match: 61

If the game can start anytime now, the target for India is 148 in 15 overs. But unfortunately, we have more rain coming in. We will have a reduction in overs if the rain doesn't relent anytime soon.

The SA innings is declared closed at 130/3 in 15.3 overs.

Meanwhile, this is what Mithali Raj said about women's cricket in an interview with BCCI.

 

It is more than an hour since the game has been stopped. We might be in for some reduction of overs. Let's wait and see!

In case you are left wondering about what happens to the men's game that follows, the women's game can be extended by an hour and that wouldn't affect the men's game.

We have some good news. The rain has stopped and the groundsmen are at work. We hope to have some action at the SuperSport Park. Fingers crossed!

Looks like we are in for a longish wait as the rain is in no mood to relent.

15.3 The rain comes down and the players walk off. The covers are out. SA 130/3.

 

Harmanpreet continues.

End of 15 overs: SA 128/3. Lee on 58 (36) and du Preez on 1 (1).

14.6 This is massive. Lee times this superbly straight back for six. That's a great shot.

Mignon du Preez is next in.

Sune Luus lbw Deepti 5 (3)

14.3 Deepti strikes again. The ball hits Luus in line and the Indians appeal loud and the umpire raises his finger and Luus is on her way. Three down now SA. 121/3.

14.1 50 for Lee. She hits it to sweeper cover for one run and shoddy fielding by India gives her the second.

Deepti continues.

End of 14 overs: SA 118/2.

13.4 Lee meanwhile continues scoring. She times this well for six to the deep midwicket fence.

Sune Luus is the next batter in.

Chole Tryon c Dhar b Poonam 2 (4)

13.2 Poonam strikes. SA loses its second wicket. It is tossed up and Tryon hits to square leg where Rumeli Dhar takes another catch. 106/2

Poonam Yadav continues.

End of 13 overs: SA 106/1.

Chloe Tryon is at number 3.

van Niekerk c Rumeli b Deepti 55 (47)

12.3 India strikes. van Niekerk departs. Rumeli Dhar takes the catch. Deepti strikes and India gets the breakthrough. 103/1

12.2 van Niekerk times this well to the long-on region. Four runs and the 100 partnership is up.

12.1 van Niekerk wastes no time in dispatching it way beyond the long-on fence. The SA opener brings up her 6th T20I fifty with that shot. She is on 51, off just 45 balls.

Deepti Sharma with the ball.

End of 12 overs: SA 93/0.

A good over from the Indian captain. Just four off it.

India needs to find a way to stop this South African juggernaut.

The skipper takes it on herself. Harmanpreet Kaur with the ball.

Rajeshwari has had a horrible day with the ball. Two overs bowled for 31 runs.

End of 11 overs: SA 89/0.

10.4 Lee hammers one over long-on for six.

10.1 van Niekerk times this beautifully to mid-wicket for six.

Rajeshwari continues.

End of 10 overs: SA 73/0.

9.4 A short ball from Poonam and van Niekerk makes no fuss in sending it to the fine leg fence.

This is the highest partnership in the series.

Poonam continues.

End of 9 overs: SA 66/0.

8.3 Lee latches on to this one, wide outside off, and sends to the long-off fence for six. What a shot. It was neatly timed and the follow through is exquisite.

She starts off with a wide.

Right-arm medium pacer Deepti Sharma is introduced into the attack.

End of 8 overs: SA 56/0.

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav into the attack.

End of 7 overs: SA 52/0.

6.4 Lee takes a single, to mid-wicket, and it is the 50-run partnership between Lee and van Niekerk.

6.1 van Niekerk guides it to the fence. She almost loses balance and Mithali Raj, at square leg, cannot get her hands to the ball. Another over, another boundary and another good start for SA.

Rumeli into the attack. A change of ends for both the pacers.

That is the end of the powerplay. A run-rate of 7.33 and SA would be pleased with this start.

End of 6 overs: SA 44/0.

A good over by Pooja. Just five off it after a boundary off the first ball.

5.1 van Niekerk sends the ball to the third man region for four. Two fielders chase it, but without luck.

Pooja continues.

End of 5 overs: SA 39/0. Lee on 18 (10) and van Niekerk on 15(21).

4.6 What a shot by Lee. She picks it up outside off and strikes it beautifully and the ball soars into the crowd. What an over for South Africa. 15 off it.

4.4 Lee it is this time. Guides it to the deep midwicket fence.

4.1 van Niekerk picks this up beautifully and gets down on one knee and sends it to the deep square leg fence. A good start again for SA in the over.

We have spin now. Rajeshwari Gayakwad (left-arm spinner) is into the attack.

End of 4 overs: SA 24/0. van Niekerk 10 (18) Lee8 (7).

3.1 van Niekerk picks it beautifully and times it elegantly to the mid-wicket region for four. The fielder gets a hand to it. Some awkward bounce doesn't help the Indian fielder and South Africa is picking up pace here.

Rumeli continues

End of 3 overs: SA 17/0

2.4 Pooja slides it down the leg, slightly fullish. Hits van Niekerk a tad outside the line. The batswoman goes for a heave but the ball misses the bat and finds the gap between the Indian wicketkeeper and first slip and runs away to the fence.

Pooja continues.

End of 2 overs: SA 10/0

1.5 Free hit ball! Lee times it to long on and the fielder drops the catch. One run.

1.5 Rumeli bowls a full toss and Lee guides it to the fence at the fine leg region. Rumeli over steps and it is a no-ball and a free hit, the next ball.

A good start by Rumeli. She has been bowling on the stumps line and has given away no run so far, in the three balls she has bowled. Harmanpreet, meanwhile, is busy with the field changes.

Rumeli Dhar with the ball at the other end.

End of 1 over: An excellent start for India. Pooja keeps it tight. SA 2/0

Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekrek come out to open. Pooja Vastrakar takes the new ball.

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Team news:

India has two changes in its team. Rumeli Dhar has replaced Shikha Pandey while Deepti Sharma has come in for Anuja Patil. Rumeli is playing after a six-year gap. Rumeli had replaced the injured Jhulan Goswami in the squad. Click here to read more.

South Africa has stuck to its winning combination and no changes in its team.

 

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Click here to read the preview of the fourth T20.

This is how the teams fared in the third T20. A five-wicket win for South Africa helped it stay alive in the series.