INDW vs SAW: Mithali Raj and co restart on sour note, lose series opener by eight wickets
A record partnership between Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt helped the Momentum Proteas make a storming start to their five-match One-Day International series against India with a stunning eight-wicket demolition at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday.
Indian women suffered an eight-wicket loss to South Africa in the first ODI in Lucknow on Sunday. Playing their first international match in 12 months, skipper Mithali Raj (50) and Harmanpreet Kaur (40) produced fine knocks but India never got the momentum it needed as they settled for 177 for nine. In reply, Lizelle Lee (83) and Laura Wolvaardt (80) guided South Africa home, scoring 178 for two in 40.1 overs.
India Women vs South Africa Women ODI
India Women vs South Africa Women
INDW vs SAW: Mithali Raj and co restart on sour note
The Proteas, also outstanding in the field, won the toss at the start of the match and opted to bowl first, with their star fast bowler and Marizanne Kapp (1/25) exceptional with the new ball. Together with Ayabonga Khaka (1/29), they left the Indians on 40 for three by the 14th over, before captain Mithali Raj (50 off 85 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) and Harmanpreet Kaur (40) helped rebuild. Sune Luus (1/23) eventually broke the stand just after the 100 was raised, before Nonkululeko Mlaba (2/41) joined the act with tidy bowling during the middle overs. That meant India could manage to set just 178. (Image Source: BCCI)