India Women vs South Africa Women, 3rd T20I - Live Cricket Score, Commentary

Series: South Africa Women tour of India, 2024 Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Date & Time: Jul 09, 07:00 PM LOCAL
RSAW 84 (17.1)
INDW 88/0 (10.5)
India Women won by 10 wkts
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Pooja Vastrakar
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Pooja Vastrakar

"Today's attendance is between 14500-15000 - the highest in the three T20Is so far," informs our correspondent Purnima Malhotra. A lovely sight in Chepauk as both teams join together for the photographs. The support staff join in as well. And Jemimah doing Jemimah things. Finding a corner to get a selfie of all the players behind the winners hoarding. That is that for South Africa's tour of India, then. Do remember to check this space for all the latest in cricket. Until next time, cheers and goodbye!!

Harmanpreet Kaur | Indian skipper: We spoke about the things we need to improve and I'm proud of the way we played today. Going forward, we might have situations similar to this where we have to go hard and express ourselves. We were positive today and played as a team. Whoever got the opportunity, they did really well. Self belief was there and now with Asia Cup round the corner, we want to go there and do really well. He (speaking about the head coach Amol Mazumdar) is really cool and keeps things really simple, the staff is very positive and this is the best staff I have ever worked with. As a team we want to keep doing the right things and keep winning.

Laura Wolvaardt | South African skipper: Not the way we want to end the series, disappointing loss. Overall, a lot of learnings. The first two games, we had a lot of positives. We should have taken a little bit more time upfront today.

Pooja Vastrakar | Player of the Match and Player of the Series: Whatever we practiced in the nets, we tried to execute that. Wanted to bowl wicket-to-wicket and I try to keep things simple. Getting the new ball is a great opportunity and I also enjoyed the responsibility. The plan was to stick to our strengths and it worked out well as far as the bowlers are concerned.

Radha Yadav: Had a lot of fun. They were playing some really good cricket in the first two games so we were disappointed as a bowling group about how we played. We went back and had a discussion about how we could go about things and we did well today. We weren’t up to the mark in the field and I wasn’t happy with how I placed my field. We worked on that and we got the results. Everyone was working hard but the only thing missing was our ability to take quick decisions. Runs are always going to be scored in T20 cricket, it’s about knowing what to do on the next ball. We have confidence, believe in hard work. We’re working hard as a team, we’ll continue to do so and the results will follow. Not thinking too much about the results. We’ve spoken about doing the little things right. Everyone is putting in a lot of effort. I think we’ll achieve something big moving forward.

21:21 local, 15:51 GMT: The series ends 1-1. Also, this is the biggest win for India against South Africa in T20Is. It was just one of those days for India where everything clicked. Right from the toss to decimating the South African batting and then acing the chase sans any hiccups. The surface was a touch on the slower side, but the Proteas needed at least 130 to challenge the hosts. Lost their way after a decent powerplay, the visitors never recovered. The chase was all about playing proper cricketing shots and keeping calm which the duo of Smriti and Shafali executed to absolute perfection. Stick around for the post-match reactions...

10.5

de Klerk to Mandhana, SIX, that is a fine fifty for Smriti Mandhana and also marks a resounding 10-wicket win for India. A juicy full toss on the pads has been deposited over the fine leg fence with ease...

10.4

de Klerk to Mandhana, no run, makes room and jams the full delivery back to the bowler

10.3

de Klerk to Mandhana, no run, yorker length on off, Smriti gets across and toe-ends it back to the bowler

10.2

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR, makes room and lofts the slower full delivery inside out over extra cover, this is arguably the best shot of the night

10.1

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR, short and wide of off, Smriti cuts and beats the diving fielder at backward point to her left. The fielder in the deep tried her best, but ball wins the race

9.6

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run, goes for the slogsweep this time and slots it to the right of the fielder at deep mid-wicket

9.5

Mlaba to Mandhana, SIX, runs down the track, gets closer to the pitch of the delivery and swipes the full delivery over the cow corner fence. India just a couple of hits away now...

9.4

Mlaba to Shafali Verma, 1 run, full on off, driven down to long-off

9.3

Mlaba to Shafali Verma, no run, quicker and wider of off, Shafali mistimes the cut to the left of backward point

9.2

Mlaba to Mandhana, 1 run, short and just outside off, pulled away to the left of deep mid-wicket

9.1

Mlaba to Mandhana, no run, makes room and cuts the flatter delivery to extra cover

Nonkululeko Mlaba [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

8.6

de Klerk to Mandhana, leg byes, 1 run, full and outside leg stump, Smriti misses the flick and deflects it off the pad to the left of fine leg

8.5

de Klerk to Mandhana, FOUR, short on leg stump, Smriti says thank you and helps it away with a neatly-placed pull over short fine

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