Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten 54 helped India level the T20I series against South Africa

Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten 54 helped India level the T20I series against South Africa

India defeated South Africa by 10 wickets in the third and final Women's T20 International here on Tuesday to level the series 1-1.

Published: July 9, 2024 11:00 PM IST


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South Africa's Tazmin Brits in action.

Chennai: Pacer Pooja Vastrakar ran riot with a career-best 4/13 before Smriti Mandhana hit an unbeaten half-century as India beat South Africa by 10 wickets in the third and final Women's T20 International to level the series 1. -1 here on Tuesday.

India bowled out South Africa for just 84 runs in 17.1 overs after left-arm spinner Radha Yadav also took a good 3/6 in her three overs.

India easily reached the small target of 85 with 55 balls to spare and did so without the loss of a wicket as openers Mandhana and Shafali Verma remained unbeaten on 54 and 27 respectively.

Mandhana hit the winning run – a six off Nadine de Klerk – as India reached 88 for no loss in 10.5 overs. It was India's biggest win over South Africa in both wickets (10) and balls remaining (55).

Ending the run chase, Mandhana hit a six in the 10th over with a superb performance followed by two fours and maximum runs off the next ball to end the contest early. It was her 24th T20I half-century.

The Indian opening pair played smart cricket, scoring an unbeaten 40 at the end of the Powerplay, with the visitors using five different bowlers in this phase but to no avail as Mandhana and Verma later hit big shots to end the contest early.

Mandhana hit eight fours and two sixes in 40 balls while Verma hit three fours in 25 balls.

South Africa won the first match by 12 runs before losing the second T20I on Saturday.

Earlier, only three South African batsmen managed to score double figures, with Tazmin Britts (20 off 23 balls) being their top scorer.

Opener Laura Wolvaard (9 off 9 balls) and the Brits could only manage 19 runs for the first wicket.

After Shreyanka Patil dismissed Wolward in the fourth over, the pair of Brits and Marizan Kapp (10 off 8 balls) added 11 runs for the second wicket.

Interestingly, Indians used four different bowlers in the first four overs.

The cap fell in the fifth over, as it became Vastrakar's 50th wicket in the format. It was up to the Brits to get going for South Africa and Deepti Sharma took her prized wicket in the eighth over, as the scoreboard read 45 for three.

Deepti dismissed Chloe Tryon in the same over, as poor fielding by the hosts continued for the third straight match.

However, the visitors struggled to get a decent partnership after dominating the batting in the previous two matches.

They lost their next two wickets for 61 in the 11th over, thanks to Vastrakar taking advantage of the wicket.

Halfway through the innings, it became clear that the track had little to offer for the batsmen with spongy bounce and mild turns.

Also, the rain in the city over the past few days had dampened the wicket, allowing Vastrakar to swing lightly with her medium pace, which really troubled the South Africans.

Things got worse for South Africa with the loss of five wickets remaining for just 23 runs.

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