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IND v SA, 2nd ODI: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur heroics help India clinch thriller in Bengaluru


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India held their nerve to fend off a spirited chase from South Africa in a high-scoring second ODI at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. South Africa fell 5 runs short of scripting a world record chase in women’s ODIs as Laura Wolvaardt’s sensational 135 not out went in vain.

India took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after an all-round effort on Wednesday, June 19. Wolvaardt’s 135 and Marizanne Kapp’s 114 went in vain as South Africa managed 321 in 50 overs, 4 runs short of India’s 325. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana ended on the winning side after their record-setting hundreds earlier in the day.

South Africa brought the equation down to 23 off 12 balls and looked set to get the job done with Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk in the middle. Debutant Arundati Reddy delivered in the 49th over, keeping it down to 12 runs.

Pooja Vastrakar was tasked with the responsibility of defending 11 runs the last over and she did it despite a poor start to the over. Vastrakar got the wicket of Kler and Shangase in successive balls and denied Wolvaardt a big hit in the final delivery when South Africa needed 5 from 1.

Harmanpreet Kaur was elated, much to the delight of the strong crowd in Bengaluru. Coach Amol Mazumdar was seen punching the air in delight in an uncharacteristic reaction after India’s win in the close contest.

Published By:

Akshay Ramesh

Published On:

Jun 19, 2024


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