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India vs South Africa, ICC Women's World Cup 2017: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 8, 2017, 10:04 PM IST

Match 18, Grace Road, Leicester 08 July, 2019

Toss won by India Women (decided to bowl)

South Africa Women beat India Women by 115 runs

Man of the Match: Dane Van Niekerk



IT IS ALL OVER! South Africa have beaten India by 115 runs as Poonam Yadav is out for a duck. It was a terrible performance by the Indian batters and they need to work on their game if they wish to go ahead and lift the trophy. India bundled out for 158.


WICKET! The Indian lower-order has provided resistance, but the South African bowlers have been up for the challenge and they have finally picked the 9th wicket as Ekta Bisht goes for 13, dimissed by Luus, caught by the skipper. van Niekerk has been impossible to keep away from the action. India's score reads 155/9 after 44.1 overs


WICKET! South Africa skipper van Niekerk is having a ball here and picks up another wicket and this time she manages to break the partnership between Deepti and Jhulan. While it was not threatening, it was surely frustrating the Proteas and Deepti finally goes for a well-made 60. India's score reads 118/8 in 38.1 overs


After 35 overs, India's score reads 111/7. Jhulan and Deepti continue to fight the battle as they look to delay the inevitable. The required rate has gone up to 10.86 as the two are just looking to play out the overs more than anything else.


A fighting 50 for Deepti even as the top batters failed to rise to the occasion. She has had a good game and deserves the fifty. Jhulan and Deepti now looking to play for respect more than to win the game. India's score reads 94/7 after 30 overs.


Seven wickets down, the chase has just not gone according to play for the Indian women. After the failure of Mithali and Harmanpreet, even Veda Krishnamurthy (3) and Shikha Pandey (0) disappointed with the bat. India must get back strongly from this jolt as it has once again exposed the weakness in India's batting against quality bowling attacks.


WICKET! Harmanpreet Kaur has also failed to bother the scorers and her unimpressive run in this edition of the World Cup continues. The match looks in the bag for South Africa as India's score reads 48/4. Looks like it is now a matter of playing out time for the Indian batters.


WICKETS! Back to back wickets for South Africa here. First Punam Raut is dismissed for 22 and then the big wicket of Mithali Raj. She had come into the game needing just 34 runs to become the highest run getter in ODIs, but all she manages is a duck. India's score reads 48/3 and India are in deep trouble here. After playing a quality knock with the bat, skipper van Niekerk gets Mithali. What a game she is having.


At the end of 10 overs, India's score reads 40/1. It is not the best start, considering the target they are chasing, but Punam and Deepti have done well to progress steadily after losing Smriti early. The women now need to put the foot on the pedal. With the likes of Mithali waiting in the wings, it is important to not let South Africa bowlers gain the upper-hand.


Poor start for India as they lose in-form Smriti Mandhan for 4. India needed a good start chasing 274, but that has not happened and it is now up to Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma to get the chase back on track. After 5 overs, India's score reads 12/1 and the required run-rate is on the increase with every passing over. Good stuff by the South Africa bowlers as they have looked to maintain a good line and length.


Another expensive over for Bisht as she gives away 8 runs for South Africa to end the innings on 273/9. It was the effort of primarily Lee and skipper van Niekerk that saw South Africa finish on a high. The Indian batters will have their task cut-out chasing down this one. Need a good start from the openers for sure.


WICKET! Bisht finally picks one as she has Ismail for 5. Bisht has not had the best of days and the wicket seems to have come too late in the day as South Africa already have the runs on the board. The score reads 265/9 after 49.2 overs.


WICKET! Another one for Shikha here as she sends the dangerous skipper van Niekerk back to the hut for 57. Slogs that to the leg-side and picks Smriti Mandhana at backward square-leg. South Africa's score reads 265/8. This is not the best of shots as she had the whole of the leg side to hit.


Two overs left in the South Africa innings and the score reads 261/7 with skipper van Niekerk still at the crease, batting on 56. South Africa already have a good total on the board and will look to finish on a high from here.


WICKET! Shikha brought back into the attack and she strikes as she sends back Tryon for 24 off 18 balls. That innings was starting to look dangerous, but Shikha has got her wicket. South Africa's score reads 252/7 after 46.4 overs. Jhulan was waiting for that one in the deep and the shot did not have the required power.


Ekta Bisht hasn't had the best of days and South Africa skipper van Niekerk and Tryon stick into her as they pick 20 runs from her 8th over. Two sixes for Tryon and one for van Niekerk. South Africa's score reads 249/6 after 46 overs. van Niekerk batting on 48 and Tryon on 22.


Couple of beautiful shots from the South Africa skipper van Niekerk as she ends the 44th over with a couple of boundaries as South Africa's score reads 224/6 after 44 overs. 9 runs from that Jhulan over and India might want to restrict the flow of runs here to stay in the game.


Another maiden over and this time it is Poonam Yadav and that too in the 43rd over. South Africa skipper van Niekerk has looked in good form and to keep her tied down at this stage of the innings speaks volumes of Poonam's tenacity. South Africa's score reads 215/6 after 43 overs


WICKET! The move to get Jhulan back into the attack has worked for Mithali as the most experienced bowler sends back Luus against the run of play for 16. Krishnamurthy takes that easily at mid-on. That was straight into her hands. South Africa's score reads 203/6 after 40 overs


Brilliant 39th over from Ekta Bisht here as she bowls a maiden. With both skipper van Niekerk and Luus going well, that is a good show from the spinner who won hearts with her match-winning performance against Pakistan. South Africa's score reads 201/5 after 39 overs


A good little partnership coming on between skipper van Niekerk and Luus. The two came together with the score on 162/5 and the score reads 194/5. Crucial runs being score here as they come nearer to the death overs. South Africa's score reads 194/5 after 36 overs with van Niekerk on 21 and Luus on 11.


33 overs gone and South Africa's score reads 173/5. After a few quiet overs, South Africa batters finally break free and pick up 7 runs from this one off Deepti Sharma as they look to up the ante here going into the business end of the innings. Much-needed boundary for van Niekerk.


Another wicket here and this time it is the part-time spin from Kaur that has Kapp walking back to the dressing room. She is cleaned up for 19 off 30 balls. It was a slow innings and the frustration was looking to show on her face here. South Africa starting to lose the plot as the score reads 162/5 after 29 overs. She was looking for a single behind point, but the turn did her in.


WICKET! Sushma has made up for her lackluster show earlier in the innings as she stump du Preez and hands Poonam Yadav a wicket. Important wicket here as du Preez was looking good to start accelerating as her score read 22 off 29 balls. South Africa's score reads 160/4


25 overs gone and South Africa's score at the half-way stage reads 145/3 with Kapp on 4 and du Preez on 20. India have pulled things back quite a bit after the duo of Lee and Chetty were going at 7 runs per over at one point in the game. The bowling changes have worked for Mithali.


Two good overs for India after the timely dismissal of Lee. She was looking very dangerous and was threatening to take the game away from India, but Kaur struck at the right time. Just 5 runs off the next two — 22nd and 23rd. But did Sushma miss an opportunity here? Du Preez was struggling here, but Sushma went forward to collect it and a dive saved du Preez.


WICKET! Harmanpreet Kaur has done it. She has managed to send back the dangerous looking Lee for 92. She played that across the line and was caught plumb in front. She misses out on a well-deserved century here as South Africa's score reads 134/3. The walk back is a long one as the umpire took a long time before raising the finger.


13 runs off the 19th over for South Africa. Lee is dealing in boundaries here and she has hit a four and a six here. Excellent batting from her as she has looked in complete control of proceedings here. South Africa's score reads 124/2 after 19 overs with Lee standing tall on 83


Two big overs again for South Africa after the wicket off Bisht's over. South Africa first pick 10 off Poonam's over and then go ahead to pick 9 off Bisht's over as South Africa's score reads 111/2 after 18 overs as the players head for drinks. Lee batting on 72 and du Preez on 10.


WICKET! Bisht has made the breakthrough here. Breaks the 91-run partnership as she sends back Chetty for 24. Chetty tried to clear Jhulan, but failed to clear her. SA's score reads 92/2 after 16 overs.


India vs South Africa, ICC Women's World Cup 2017: As It Happened

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India’s Veda Krishnamurthy is confident her side can keep up its perfect record at the ICC Women’s World Cup when it takes on South Africa at Grace Road.

Having already beaten England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, victory against South Africa would see India progress to the semi-finals.

And Krishnamurthy believes India holds the upper hand against South Africa and knows its strengths and weaknesses with the white ball.

She said: “We’re quite confident for the game against South Africa because in the last four or five games we have played against them we have done well.

“We are aware of their team, we know what combinations and players are there, so we can play according to our strengths.

“We played them a couple of months back so we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will be working towards them.

“We are more compact than them, because individually, South Africa are very good, but when it comes to collective performance, they really depend on their main players to do well.”

South Africa, which is currently sitting fifth in the table with two wins, a defeat and a washout, is looking to bounce back after losing to England after the host spanked the fifth highest score in World Cup history to win by 68 runs.

Squad: India Playing XI: S Mandhana, PG Raut, DB Sharma, M Raj*, H Kaur, V Krishnamurthy, S Pandey, J Goswami, S Verma†, E Bisht, Poonam Yadav, NM Parween, M Joshi, RS Gayakwad, MR Meshram
South Africa Playing XI:L Wolvaardt, L Lee, T Chetty†, M du Preez, M Kapp, CL Tryon, D van Niekerk*, S Luus, S Ismail, A Khaka, M Daniels, R Ntozakhe, M Klaas, N de Klerk, A Steyn

Team Rankings

1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 England 5310 108
4 New Zealand 3213 107
5 Australia 4143 101
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