India ladies vs SA ladies: Hosts wrestle to 188 despite Mithali Raj’s unbeaten 79 | Cricket Information
Mithali Raj performed a captain’s knock by hitting a well-crafted 79 not out as India struggled to 188 all out towards South Africa within the fifth and closing ladies’s ODI in Lucknow on Wednesday (March 17).
Put into bat, Mithali steered India’s innings after India misplaced three early wickets with the scoreboard studying 53 within the thirteenth over. Along with Harmanpreet Kaur (30), who retired harm following cramps, Mithali shared 71 runs for the fourth wicket earlier than the previous left the bottom within the thirty first over.
India misplaced opener Priya Punia (18) early earlier than India’s star batswoman of the sequence Punam Raut (10) and Smriti Mandhana (18) departed in successive overs. Dayalan Hemalatha (2) and Sushma Verma (0) failed to offer the much-needed assist to Mithali because the veteran Indian batter introduced up her second fifty of the sequence and fifty fifth general in 78 balls within the thirty eighth over.
Jhulan Goswami (5) and Monica Patel (9) too did not hassle the scorers a lot as Mithali saved India’s innings going single-handedly. Debutant Challuru Prathyusha (2) additionally did not make a mark as India slumped to 176 for eight by the tip of the forty seventh over.
Mithali was left stranded at one end as India saved on wickets at common intervals and have been bowled out in 49.3 overs. Mithali’s unbeaten 104-ball knock was studded with eight boundaries and one hit over the fence.
Medium pacer Nadine de Klerk was the decide of the bowlers for South Africa with figures of three for 35. Off-spinner Nondumiso Shangase (2/43), Marizanne Kapp (1/25) and Tumi Sekhukhune (2/26) additionally chipped in with helpful contributions to limit the Indians below the 200-run mark.
South Africa had already pocketed the five-match sequence with victory within the fourth ODI.