Women's World Cup: India v South Africa

India and South Africa clash in the ICC Women's World Cup round-robin game in Leicester.

Over 23: India 75/7

In the last few overs, India has lost the plot. Losing three more wickets, the Mithali Raj-led side has almost found itself out of the game. Chasing a big target, Deepti Sharma is batting on 37, while Jhulan Goswami is on 7. The task is uphill and India is going downhill at the moment!

Over 15: India 51/4

India lost Punam Raut and Mithali Raj in successive overs. While Ayabonga Khaka removed Punam for 22, Dane van Niererk removed the important wicket of Mithali Raj. Skipper Mithali went for a duck. Harmanpreet Kaur was caught leg-before by van Niekerk in the 13th over, forcing India into a tight situation. Deepti is still out there with new batswoman Veda Krishnamurty. India needs 223 from the remaining 35 overs with six wickets in hand.

Over 10: India 40/1

India lost Smriti Mandhana in the second over of its innings. However, Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut have rebuild the innings. The run-rate is almost as per required, however, the South African bowlers have been able to keep the Indian innings in control so far.

Overs 50: South Africa 273/9

Tryon and van Niekerk hit three sixes of Bisht's one over to take 20 runs in over 46. Before Tryon was caught out at long-off trying to cause further damage. Van Niekerk found her timing as she scored a resourceful 57 before being removed by Shikha Pandey in the 49th over. South Africa will be happy with the target on board.

Lizelle Lee 92, van Niekerk 57.

Shikha Pandey 3-40, Harmanpreet Kaur 2-18

Overs 45: South Africa 229/6

Van Neikerk is finding it difficult to get going in these final overs and will be hoping for Tryon to repeat her bludgeoning heroics from her knock in the last game. Goswami fluffed an opportunity to run-out the Proteas skipper but she dropped the ball from her hand before taking the bails off. Poonam Yadav's 10 over spell ensured that India is still in the game. van Niekerk 41* and Tryon 9.

Overs 40: South Africa 203/6

South Africa cross the 200 mark after looking like collapsing to a lower score 10 overs ago. Both the van Niekerk is trudging along as the final powerplay commences. Ekta Bisht, after taking a hammering from Lee earlier, returns to squeeze in a valuable maiden in the 39th over. Goswami's persistence pays off as Luus skied a catch to mid-off in the last ball before the third powerplay. The Indian fielding performance has been inconsistent through the innings. van Niekerk 25* and Chloe Tryon 0*.

Overs 35: South Africa 189/5

Skipper van Niekerk and Sune Luus are trying to stitch together the Proteas innings in the midst of India's spin hold. South Africa's run-rate is still a healthy 5.40 and will look to not lose any more wickets before the slog overs. van Niekerk 17* and Luus 10*.

Overs 30: South Africa 163/5

The Indians are keeping the South Africans in check with regular wickets. It's a third time lucky for Verma, as she whips the bails off du Preez's stumps after being drawn out by Poonam Yadav's flighted leg-spinner. The dangerous Marizanne Kapp is also snaffled out by Harmanpreet after she arrowed in a straight delivery to down her middle stump. the spinners are once again doing the job for the Indians. South African lower middle order must do a lot of batting to help set up a defendable total. Only 29 has come since the dismissal of Lee in the 21st over.

Overs 25: South Africa 145/3

Phew! What a whirlwind knock from the South African number three. Unlucky to miss out on a well deserved 100. Lee was trapped in front for 92 by Harmanpreet Kaur after a lengthy plead to the umpire (no TV referrals or reviews in this match). Lee faced only 65 balls to hit ten 4s and seven 6s.. India has managed to keep things tight since her dismissal and with chances missed to remove du Preez as well. Wicketkeeper Sushma Verma missed a run-out chance and moved the wrong way when trying to go for a low catch in the next over.

Overs 20: South Africa 126/2

Bisht breaks the dangerous partnership by prizing out Chetty with a lofted shot, but there seems to be no respite for the Indians. Mignon du Preez has joined Lee as both the batters are looking to keep up the scoring rate. Lee, batting on 84 is closing in on a fantastic hundred.

Overs 15: South Africa 90/1

50 up for Lee! She has moved onto 62 off off 47 balls (five 4s, six 6s) with Trisha Chetty anchoring from the other end. The Indian spinners have not been able to have the kind of impact they have had in the last few games.

Overs 10: South Africa 71/1

The South Africans are plundering the Indian bowlers in the powerplay. It has scored 59 runs in the next five overs. Lizelle Lee has launched into Ekta Bisht and Jhulan Goswami to provide South Africa with a much needed push after its slow start.

Overs 5: South Africa 16/1

The incoming Shikha Pandey took a wicket off her first ball of the match by castling Laura Wolvaardt for 1.

South Africa Innings

India won the toss and elected to field.

India, unbeaten in the ICC Women's World Cup so far, takes on South Africa in Leicester. With a win, India will book a place in the semifinals.


India: Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav.

South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk (c), Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Moseline Daniels.

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