SA vs IND: Double series win in sight for Indian women

India is 2-1 up ahead of the fifth and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town after rain washed out the fourth game.

India leads the series via two comprehensive wins in the first two T20Is.   -  AP

India will look to end its tour of South Africa on a high with a rare double series win when it takes on South Africa in the fifth and final Twenty20 International here on Saturday. India is 2-1 up in the five-match Twenty20 International series after rain washed out the fourth game in Centurion.

A win will make this first Indian side to clinch two series (across formats) on a single tour of South Africa. It will also be a huge milestone after having won the Twenty20 series in Australia.

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India comprehensively defeated South Africa in the first two T20Is, before a batting collapse precipitated by seamer Shabnim Ismail helped the host stem the tide in the third match.

The onus will be on the top order - Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur - to anchor the Indian innings. In the bowling department, spinners Anuja Patil - the top wicket-taker for India - and Poonam Yadav, and fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar will be expected to continue their good run.

South Africa will draw confidence from its performance in the third T20I to level the series.

The Teams (from)
  • India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Rumeli Dhar.
  • South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (c), 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: 4:30pm IST.