India Women vs South Africa Women 5th ODI, Highlights: South Africa beats India by five wickets to win the series 4-1

India Women vs South Africa Women 5th ODI, Highlights: South Africa won the series 4-1 thanks to a fine batting and bowling performance.

Mignon du Preez once again came good for South Africa with the bat- SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Welcome to the highlights of the fifth ODI between India Women and South Africa Women from the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.

Match result: India 188 all out in 49.3 overs lose to South Africa 189-5 in 48.2 overs.

That brings to an end the five-match ODI series between India and South Africa. The action now shifts to the T20I series, which begins at the same venue from Saturday. We will see you for that in a few days time. Till then, its goodbye!

Sune Luus collects the trophy and the entire South Africa unit stand together for the cameras. A well-deserved series win for the Proteas.

Lizelle Lee, Player of the series: It is a great thing we won the series in the fourth ODI. It gave the others a chance today. If it wasnt for the bowlers, we might have chased over 300 runs. Our middle-order has been a big positive.

South Africa captain, Sune Luus: For us, we wanted to stamp out authority in the series by winning it 4-1. We pride ourselves on our bowling attack, the young ones coming through. We are lucky to have Anneke Bosch with us.

Player of the match, Anneke Bosch: Feels nice. Tried to keep it as simple as possible. Feels unreal to get to my first fifty in India. Rotating strike was the key. I have always liked batting against spin.

India captain, Mithali Raj: We do need some camps before the series, after a year long gap. The batting unit has been consistent. Overall, it has been a good series for us, except the result. All credit to South Africa for the way they have played. They attacked our spinners. We do have some young talent, but it is important how we give them the experience.

Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are being felicitated for reaching their respective milestones in this series.

SUMMARY:South Africa has once again chased down a score in this series. However, it did not seem as straight forward as one thought it would be at the start of the afternoon.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad removed Laura Woolvardt and Lara Goodall to raise hopes of an Indian comeback. Then D Hemalatha removed Sune Luus to leave the visitors 27 for 3. But that is when Mignon du Preez and Anneke Bosch combined to add 96 runs for the fourth wicket, which took the game away from the Indians.

Prathyusha removed Bosch and Gayakwad got du Preez soon later to raise India's hopes, but those scalps came too little too late as Marizanne Kapp and Nadine de Klerk took their side home, with 10 balls to spare. Stay tuned for the post match presentation. 

South Africa in 48.2 overs: South Africa has clinched this series 4-1. Kapp hits the winning runs for the Proteas as India suffers yet another defeat in this series. What a performance from them!

South Africa in 48.1 overs: SCORES ARE TIED! Kapp smacks Patel straight over her head to level the scores..

South Africa 182 for 5 in 48 overs: Three runs coming from that Jhulan over and that ends her spell for the day as well. 10-0-37-0

Snehal Pradhan has just revealed on air that Harmanpreet Kaur had to retire hurt earlier in the day because of a hip flexor strain.

South Africa 179 for 5 in 47 overs: A slightly wayward over from Patel. The morale seems to have dropped for the Indians.

South Africa 176 for 5 in 46 overs: Five singles from that Hemalatha over as the Proteas close in on yet another win.

Final five overs of this innings.

South Africa 171 for 5 in 45 overs: Just as I say that, Goswami has committed a misfield in the deep. Under 20 runs needed for a win for the Proteas.

India has shown better commitment and discipline in its ground fielding in this game, as compared to the previous ones.

South Africa 167 for 5 in 44 overs: Six runs from that Prathyusha over.  Just 23 runs needed now for South Africa.

South Africa 161 for 5 in 43 overs: Just one run coming from that Hemalatha over. India looking to take this game as deep as possible.

South Africa 160 for 5 in 42 overs: DROPPED! Jhulan has spilt the ball at long-off. She seems to have hurt her hand in the process. Prathyusha enticing de Klerk to go over the top, she mistimes it and Jhulan fails to hold on to it.

South Africa 154 for 5 in 41 overs: Gayakwad finishes her spell, in exactly the same way as she started it: with a maiden over. Terrific spell of left-arm spin bowling. 10-4-13-3.

South Africa 154 for 5 in 40 overs: The Protean batters are relishing this bowling from Prathyusha. Expensive over from the leg spinner. 11 runs coming from it.

South Africa 143 for 5 in 39 overs: Another good over from Gayakwad sees her conceding just four runs.

Under 50 runs needed for victory for the Proteas.

South Africa 139 for 5 in 38 overs: The wicket over is followed by an expensive one as Jhulan concedes eight runs to leave South Africa needing only 50 runs for victory.

South Africa 131 for 5 in 37 overs: India has removed both the well set batters and as a result, the game is back on an even keel.

South Africa in 36.2 overs: WICKET! Gayakwad does the trick again for India. The ball catches du Preez's leading edge, goes in the air and it is safely taken by Raj. She goes for 55. This game is not done just yet.

South Africa 129 for 4 in 36 overs: Three runs coming from Goswami's eighth over.

South Africa 126 for 4 in 35 overs: Gayakwad backs that wicket over from Prathyusha with a two-run over.

Time for the Batting Powerplay

South Africa 124 for 4 in 34 overs: After a difficult start to the over, Prathyusha gets India the wicket it needed so desperately

South Africa in 33.5 overs: WICKET! Maiden international wicket for Prathyusha. Bosch smashes a full toss, but is caught by Raj at mid-wicket. Is this the wicket India needs to get back into the game?

Fifty for Bosch, courtesy a pull shot for four, from Prathyusha. She has got there in 67 balls.

India is under pressure here. du Preez and Bosch have added 86 runs for the fourth wicket and are threatening to win this game at a canter for the visitors. The hosts has some thinking to do during the drinks interval.

Time for a drinks break!

South Africa 113 for 3 in 33 overs: Tidy over from Patel. Just a single coming from it.

Sushma Verma has come up to the stumps for Patel.

South Africa 112 for 3 in 32 overs: Four runs from that Prathyusha over as India keeps its search for a breakthrough going.

50 for du Preez in 85 deliveries. She's been the rock of this South African batting line-up.

South Africa 108 for 3 in 31 overs: Four singles from Patel's sixth over. This is easy going for the visitors, right now.

South Africa 104 for 3 in 30 overs: The 100 comes up for South Africa with a lovely drive from Bosch. Eight runs coming from that Hemalatha over.

South Africa 96 for 3 in 29 overs: Three runs from that Prathyusha over. South Africa needs well under 100 runs to seal the ODI series 4-1.

South Africa 93 for 3 in 28 overs: Hemalatha drops one of her deliveries short and Bosch rocks back and pulls it for four. This partnership between du Preez and Bosch, worth 66 runs, is starting to enter the dangerous territory for India.

South Africa 86 for 3 in 27 overs: Gayakwad nearly gets India its 4th wicket, as Bosch leaves a ball that was close to hitting the stumps.

South Africa 84 for 3 in 26 overs: Three singles coming from Jhulan's over. Nice and tidy from the senior pacer.

South Africa 81 for 3 in 25 overs: Two runs from Gayakwad's fifth over. India applying the brakes, in terms of runs, but needs wickets to get head in this game.

India at this stage was 88 for 3.

South Africa 79 for 3 in 24 overs: Good over from the veteran pacer. Just one run coming from it.

Jhulan Goswami is back for a second spell.

South Africa 78 for 3 in 23 overs: Just one run from Gayakwad in her comeback over. India needs to break this stand quickly.

Gayakwad is back into the attack.

South Africa 77 for 3 in 22 overs: 50-run stand between Bosch and du Preez came up in that over, which saw Prathyusha concede seven runs.

South Africa 70 for 3 in 21 overs: Three runs coming from Hemalatha's sixth over.

South Africa 67 for 3 in 20 overs: Better second over from Pratyusha. Four singles coming from her second over.

South Africa 63 for 3 in 19 overs: Five runs coming from Hemalatha's fifth over.

South Africa 58 for 3 in 18 overs: Eight runs from Prathyusha's first over. South Africa cross the 50-run mark.

C Prathyusha into the attack.

South Africa 50 for 3 in 17 overs: Five runs, including a boundary for Bosch, from that over from Hemalatha.

South Africa 45 for 3 in 16 overs: Three singles from Patel's over. She is holding her end up well.

We were hoping for the Indian bowlers to rise to the challenge of defending a low score and the spinners have delivered.

First Rajeshwari Gayakwad removed Wolvaardt and backed that with Goodall's wicket. Then Hemalatha removed captain Luus to put India ahead in this game. South Africa needs a stand and Mignon du Preez holds the key for the visitors.

Time for a drinks break.

South Africa 42 for 3 in 15 overs: Just a solitary run coming from Hemalatha's third over.

South Africa 41 for 3 in 14 overs: Economical over from Patel , with just two singles coming from it.

South Africa 39 for 3 in 13 overs: It looks like du Preez is batting on a different wicket as compared to the rest. A fourth boundary of her innings sees her enter her 20s. Seven runs from that Hemalatha over.

South Africa 32 for 3 in 12 overs: Three singles from Patel's third over.

South Africa 29 for 3 in 11 overs: A wicket and two runs from Hemalatha's first over. India on top.

South Africa in 10.2 overs: WICKET! Beauty from Hemalatha. Classic off-spinner's dismissal. Turning back into Luus and passing through the gap between bat and pad to dislodge the bails. The spinners are turning it on for India.

D Hemalatha into the attack.

South Africa 27 for 2 in 10 overs: Two runs from Patel's second over closes what has been a productive opening Powerplay for India, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad striking twice to send Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall back to the pavillion.

Final over of the opening Powerplay.

South Africa 25 for 2 in 9 overs: du Preez, it seems, is starting from where she had left off in the fourth game. Drives a full ball from Jhulan past mid-off for her third boundary of the innings. India cannot afford to relax.

South Africa 17 for 2 in 8 overs: Five runs coming from the left-arm seamer's first over.

Change in bowling. Monica Patel replaces Gayakwad in the attack.

South Africa 12 for 2 in 7 overs: du Preez played a pivotal knock in the fourth ODI and has begun well in this innings, stroking her second boundary in Jhulan's fourth over.

South Africa 8 for 2 in 6 overs: A third straight maiden over from Gayakwad. Great stuff from the left-arm spinner.

South Africa 8 for 2 in 5 overs: Five runs coming from Jhulan's third over, including a boundary for du Preez.

Gayakwad's scalps means that the pressure to deliver is now not much on Jhulan at the other end.

South Africa 3 for 2 in 4 overs: Consecutive wicket maidens for Gayakwad. India is back in this contest.

South Africa in 3.3 overs: WICKET! Gayakwad gets another one. The ball strikes Goodall high on her pads, as she tries to work the ball to the leg-side and is adjudged lbw. Great start for India.

South Africa 3 for 1 in 3 overs: Jhulan backs the wicket maiden by conceding just two runs in her over. Good start for India.

Harmanpreet Kaur observing proceedings from the dressing room.

South Africa 1 for 1 in 2 overs: A wicket maiden from Gayakwad. Just the start the hosts needed.

Lara Goodall walk in at 3.

South Africa in 1.5 overs: WICKET! India strikes early. Gayakwad removes Wolvaardt for a duck, caught well by substitute Jemimah Rodrigues at slip.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad to share the new ball with Jhulan,

South Africa 1 for 0 in 1 over: Just a wide from the first over of the South African innings.

Welcome back! The final innings of this ODI series is about to commence.  Sune Luus will open the batting with Laura Wolvaardt. Jhulan Goswami to start proceedings for India.

A disappointing batting performance from India. The top three batters all fell cheaply, leaving the side precariously placed at 53-3. Then captain Mithali Raj and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship, putting on 71 runs for the fourth wicket.

Then came the turning point in the innings as Kaur, suffering from cramps from the looks of it, walked off the field, retired hurt for 30. Since then, India found it difficult to get any momentum to their innings, as Raj saw wicket-after-wicket fall.

Eventually, they were bowled out for 188 with Raj unbeaten on 79.  Can the bowlers now step up their game and clinch a win for their side or will South Africa romp home to a win? Join us in a while for the run chase.

India in 49.2 overs: WICKET! Gayakwad misses a straight one and is bowled by Sekhukhune for a duck. India is all out for 188 as Kaur is still not fully fit to bat. Raj remains unbeaten 79.

India 187 for 8 in 49 overs: Four wides! India will take that and more. Eight runs coming from the penultimate over of India's innings. de Klerk ends her spell with 3-35.

India 179 for 8 in 48 overs: India's crawl continues with just three runs from that over.

India 176 for 8 in 47 overs: WICKET! Pratyusha is run-out. Raj opens the bat face, plays the ball to short third man and goes for the single. The debutant obliges to her captain's call and runs to get to the other end, du Preez collects the ball and hits the stumps. Eight down.

C Pratyusha joins Raj in the middle.

India in 46.1 overs: WICKET! Patel steps out, goes for the wild swing, the ball hits the top half of the bat and it is caught at point by  Laura Wolvaardt. Seven down now.

India 173 for 6 in 46 overs: Short and wide from Shangase and Patel cuts the ball for four. Seven runs coming from that over. Can Patel stay in the middle with her skipper and take India to a competitive score?

India 166 for 6 in 45 overs: Raj plays yet another superb off-drive for four and moves into the 70s. Crucial final five overs coming up for India.

India 160 for 6 in 44 overs: The hosts continue to slide as Jhulan falls for five. Raj now has to rally the rest and take India to a score of note, from here.

Monica Patel is the new batter in.

WICKET! Full toss from Shagase, Jhulan goes for the big shot, but is caught at long-on. India's innings continues to stumble.

India 157 for 5 in 43 overs: An absolutely imperative boundary from India's perspective comes from Raj's blade as she lofts the ball over the mid-off fielder for four. Good over for India, with seven runs coming from it.

India 150 for 5 in 42 overs: India reach the 150-run mark. This innings has been starved of any momentum in the last hour or so.

India 149 for 5 in 41 overs: Just one run coming from that Ismail over.

India in 40.4 overs: DROPPED! Jhulan gets a life. She opens her bat face, the ball catches the outside edge, but it is spilt by the wicket-keeper Jafta.

Final 10 overs of the innings.

India 148 for 5 in 40 overs: Last over of the Batting Powerplay proving fruitful for India, as nine runs come from it.

India 139 for 5 in 39 overs: More trouble for India as Verma fall for a duck. Just one run from that de Klerk over.

Jhulan Goswami walks out to the middle. No signs of Kaur yet.

India in 38.4 overs: WICKET! Sushma Verma is adjudged lbw to de Klerk. Moving across the line, the ball hits her low on the pads and the umpire raises his finger. The wicket-keeper is out for a duck and India is struggling now.

India 138 for 4 in 38 overs: Just one run coming from that over. The Batting Powerplay not proving productive at all for India, thus far.

India in 37.1 overs: Mithali gets to her 50 in 78 balls. Hard working, invaluable innings.

India will hope Kaur recovers soon and gets back into the middle.

India 137 for 4 in 37 overs: Three runs and a wicket from that de Klerk over.

India in 36.4 overs: WICKET! de Klerk removes Hemalatha, caught behind. She never looked convincing in her stay at the crease. Huge task ahead of the rest to get the hosts to a competitive score.

India 134 for 3 in 36 overs: D Hemalatha gets of the dreaded zero of her 12th ball with a single.

India will be disappointed to not have Kaur in the middle right now, who did show signs of discomfort during the drinks break, when she popped a tablet with the physio in presence. Clearly, the discomfort was a bit too much for her to continue.

Time for the Batting Powerplay.

India 132 for 3 in 35 overs: Just one run from Sekhukhune's 7th over.

India 131 for 3 in 34 overs: Kapp drifts one down the leg side, Raj gets some bat on it, the ball beats the wicket-keeper and goes for four. Five runs from that over.

India 126 for 3  in 33 overs: Another quiet over, yielding just one run as India once again starts to rebuild.

India 125 for 3 in 32 overs: Just one run coming from the first over after the drinks break.

Concern for India: Harmanpreet Kaur has retired hurt and walked off the field. D Hemalatha has joined Raj in the middle. South Africa will be relieved.

These two pros have steadied India's innings. Playing risk-free cricket, Raj and Kaur have added 71 runs for the fourth wicket, that has brought India back into the match.

The Batting Powerplay will be in effect in a few overs time and those five overs could be pivotal, in deciding which way this innings goes in.

Time for a drinks break.

India 124 for 3 in 31 overs: WOW! Raj backs that uppish shot from the previous over with a on-drive past mid-on at the start of the over. Kaur ends that over with another four, lofting the ball over the mid-on fielder. Nine runs from that Sekhukhune over. India's innings beginning to gather momentum slowly.

Heading into the last 20 overs, these two have given India a chance to post a competitive score.

India 115 for 3 in 30 overs: Raj gives herself room and lofts the ball over mid-off's head for four. No fielder at long-off and the ball hits the boundary rope. Good over for India with eight runs coming from it.

India 107 for 3 in 29 overs: Three singles from Bosch's fourth over.

India 104 for 3 in 28 overs: 50 run partnership between Raj and Kaur. Crucial, crucial stand, which has resurrected the innings, after India lost Raut and Mandhana in quick succession.

India 100 for 3 in 27 overs: Bosch gives a gentle full toss on leg stump and Raj makes good use of it, placing it beside the mid on fielder for four. First four in six overs for India. Six runs from that which also brought up India's 100.

India 94 for 3 in 26 overs: Four runs from that Kapp over as India's score nears the 100-run mark.

India 90 for 3 in 25 overs: Just two singles coming from that Sekhukhune over. Good couple of overs for the visitors.

India 88 for 3 in 24 overs: A maiden over from Kapp to start her new spell.

Marizanne Kapp is back for a second spell.

India 88 for 3 in 23 overs: Sloppy from South Africa! Back-to-back misfields, this time from Ismail at mid on, gives Raj a boundary. Six runs coming from that Sekhukhune over. The stand between these two now worth 35 runs.

India 82 for 3 in 22 overs: A misfield by the cover fielder gives Kaur her second boundary. Bending down on one knee, the batswoman strokes the ball towards covers and gets a boundary, thanks to the fielder's error. Six runs from that Bosch over.

India 76 for 3 in 21 overs: Just two runs coming from that over.

India 74 for 3 in 20 overs: Just a solitary run from Bosch's first over. This stand between Raj and Kaur has now crossed 20 runs.

Anne Bosch comes into the attack.

India 73 for 3 in 19 overs: Kaur gets her first boundary with a square drive off Klerk. Good last couple of overs for the Indians. Four runs coming from it.

India  69-3 in 18 overs: SIX! Raj steps down the track and lofts one over Shangase's head and it goes all the way. A good over for India. Nine runs coming from it.

India 60 for 3 in 17 overs: Ismail's first over of the new spell goes for two singles. India's scoring rate is down to a trickle.

Ismail is back for another spell.

India 58 for 3 in 16 overs: Just a wide from that Shangase over, which saw Kaur jump out of the crease a couple of times.

Both Raj and Kaur have some thinking to do, as to how they begin the rebuild from here. Losing Raut and Mandhana in almost consecutive balls has dealt a big blow for the hosts and it is now upto the pros to rescue them.

South Africa will hope to remove one of them soon and expose India's inexperienced lower middle-order.

Time for a drinks break.

India 57 for 3 in 15 overs: This is a good phase for South Africa. They have taken two wickets and put the brakes on the Indian scoring rate. Just two coming from that over.

India 55 for 3 in 14 overs:  Tidy over from Sekhukhune. Just two runs coming from it.

The captain Raj and vice-captain Kaur have swapped batting positions and have a real task on their hands in rebuilding this innings for their side. South Africa will be absolutely elated at this stage.

India 53 for 3 in 13 overs: The wicket and a wide coming from that Sekhukhune over. 

India in 12.1 overs: WICKET! Mandhana falls immediately. A short ball from Sekhukhune and the southpaw pulls the ball straight to du Preez at the mid-wicket boundary. The hosts in trouble.

India 52 for 2 in 12 overs: WICKET! Raut falls early for India. She goes for the sweep, the ball takes the top edge and it is caught by de Klerk at fine leg. Huge blow for the Indians and an equally big fillip for South Africa. 

Bowling change for SA and first signs of spin. Nondumiso Shangase comes in for a bowl.

India 43 for 1 in 11 overs: Economical over from de Klerk, with just three runs coming from it.

India 40 for 1 in 10 overs: Five runs from Kapp's fifth over ends the opening Powerplay. India will be satisfied with the start.

India 35 for 1 in 9 overs: A maiden over from de Klerk.

India 35 for 1 in 8 overs: Raut off the mark with a four through point and that is followed by five dots.

India 31 for 1 in 7 overs: Six runs from that Ismail over ends with yet another four for Mandhana.

India 25-1 in 6 overs: Punia looked promising in her short stay in the middle, but was undone by Kapp. Lack of feet movement from her in her dismissal was concerning.

The in-form Punam Raut walks in at 3.

India in 6 overs: WICKET! Kapp gets Punia. An incoming delivery beats the batter all ends up and knocks her stumps off.

India 25 for 0 in 5 overs: A streaky boundary for Punia as an incoming delivery from Ismail takes the inside-edge and runs away for four. A few balls later, a rising delivery catches Punia off guard, she negotiates it, albeit uncomfortably and fortunately for her, the ball falls to the ground. After a examination from the physio, Punia resumes her innings.

India 16 for 0 in 4 overs: A boundary off the first ball from Punia, followed by five dot balls from Kapp's second over.

India 12 for 0 in 3 overs: An exquisite cut shot from Mandhana gives her her first boundary of the innings. The southpaw had a near escape of the following ball, as a mistimed pull fell just shot of the fielder at short-midwicket. Productive over for India. 6 runs coming from it.

India 6 for 0 in 2 overs: Marizanne Kapp shares the new ball with Ismail and begins tidily with just one run coming from her first over.

India 5 for 0 in 1 over: Punia gets India off to a good start with a boundary from the very first ball of the game. Just a single and four dots from the rest of the over.

Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia will open for India. Shabnim Ismail to open the bowling for South Africa.

C Pratyusha makes her debut in this game for India. 

TOSS: South Africa has won the toss and opted to field.

Teams: India XI: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Sushma Verma (wk), C Pratyusha, D Hemalatha, Priya Punia, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Monica Patel

SA XI: Sune Luus (captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Anneke Bosch, Marizane Kapp, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune

Pitch report: Amol Muzumdar reckons this surface could be an excellent one to bat on.  Snehal Pradhan reckons there could be help for the fast bowlers in the early overs.

India makes four changes to the team that lost the fourth ODI: In comes Jhulan Goswami, C Pratyusha and D Hemalatha and Monica Patel for Mansi Joshi, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav.

South Africa has made two changes from the team won the fourth ODI: Sune Luus and Nadine de Klerk come in for Lizelle Lee and Ayabonga Khaka

TOSS: South Africa has won the toss and opted to field.

Teams: India XI: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Sushma Verma (wk), C Pratyusha, D Hemalatha, Priya Punia, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Monica Patel

SA XI: Sune Luus (captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Anneke Bosch, Marizane Kapp, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune

The fifth ODI maybe a dead rubber, but India has a chance to win this game and reduce the margin of defeat for the series. For some of the players like Mandhana and Kaur, the match is an opportunity to get a big score and carry  that confidence into the T20I series, starting in a few days.

Read the 5th ODI preview, here: Mithali Raj and Co. to play for pride

4th ODI- Review

South Africa won yet another toss in the series and inserted India into bat. The hosts lost Smriti Mandhana early and then Priya Punia fell, after getting off to a start. But arguably India's best batter in the series, Punam Raut, was joined by skipper Raj and the duo put on 103 runs in 22 overs for the third wicket, before the latter fell for 45.

Vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur walked in and blazed her way to a 35-ball 54, putting on 88 runs for the fourth wicket with Raut, who reached her century in the 49th over of the innings, helping India reach 266 for 4 in their 50 overs.

In reply, the in-form Lizelle Lee and captain Laura Wolvaardt got their side off to a productive start, putting on 116 runs for the first wicket, before the former fell for 69 to Kaur's off-spin. Wolvaardt, too, fell in a few overs time, giving India an opening to get back into the game. But Lara Goddall, along with the experienced Mignon du Preez, began the rebuild and over-by-over began to take the game away from the Indians.

The duo put on 103 runs for the third wicket, before the latter fell for 61 runs. Goddall, however, stayed till the end and with Marizanne Kapp, helped the Proteas coast to a seven-wicket win and clinch the series.

South African opener Lizelle Lee was rewarded for her terrific form during this series as she replaced England's Tammy Beaumont at the top of the batter rankings in ODI.

Read more about that here: Lee replaces Tammy Beaumont as No.1 batter in ODI rankings

Milestones achieved in this series so far

  1. The first ODI of the series was also Harmanpreet Kaur's 100th one-day international.
  2. Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten 80-run knock was her 10th consecutive fifty-plus knock in a run chase, the first cricketer to achieve this feat.
  3. Mandhana also became India's most successful opening batter for the side. With 2046 runs in 52 ODIs, she surpassed Jaya Sharma's tally of 2039 runs in 72 games.
  4. Skipper Mithali Raj became the most capped female international cricketer in history of the game.
  5. Raj also breached the 7000-run mark in ODIs, en route her innings of 45.
  6. South Africa achieved their highest-ever run chase in 50 overs cricket, when they chased down India's score of 266 for 4 in the fourth ODI.



"I have added variations. I have added the flipper, tried it in the match, but we are playing after a long time due to COVID-19.Maybe it will take a little more time for us to settle down. I need to work more on the flipper," Poonam Yadav spoke about her enhanced bowling repertoire, ahead of the fifth ODI.


India squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), D. Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma (wicket-keeper), Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C. Prathyusha, Monica Patel.

South Africa squad: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunniclife, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.


When does the match begin:

March 17, 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.