Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the second ODI between India Women and South Africa Women at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
India 16/0 after 2 overs v South Africa 157 all out (41)
IND 16/0 after 2 overs: Marizanne Kapp is on the money from the start. She prefers to attack the stumps with a fuller length unlike Ismail who has surprisingly strayed short on this seaming pitch.
IND 13/0 after 1 over: Mandhana off to a flier! Gets the strike from Rodrigues for the last two balls and storms them both for cracking pulls over the mid-wicket fence for six!
Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues take guard. Shabnim Ismail with the ball for SA.
Today @JhulanG10 picked up 4/42. To put this performance and her longevity in perspective here’s a mind blowing fact: When Jhulan made her India debut in Jan 2002, Jimmy Anderson was yet to play for England #INDvSApic.twitter.com/tUpQ84sWKR
Most 4w-hauls in ODI cricket: Anisa Mohammad (WI) – 11, Cathryn Fitzpatrick (AUS) – 10, Jhulan Goswami – 9
Summary: It’s been a slow morning in patches in Lucknow but what a turnaround from the Indian bowling lineup! After looking hapless before the might of the Lee-Wolvaardt duo, Mithali Raj’s girls came back strong in the second ODI bowling out SA for 157. Lara Goodall top scored with 49. The Proteas are right to be disappointed with their show today considering they crumbled after the fifth wicket fell. Special word of appreciation here for the two Indian veteran – Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj. At the start of day’s play, it seemed a little odd to choose to bowl first on a good batting track that was cracking up and set to slow down.
The bowlers kept up their end of the bargain with a neat fielding effort to complement it. Jhulan, after the frustrations in the first ODI, was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to her name. Not to forget the exceptional effort by Mansi Joshi with the ball up-front as well. The right-arm pacer who replaced Monica Patel, came in with a sensational opening spell and a spurt of outswinging deliveries to trouble the SA openers. Mansi snapped Wolvaardt early and returned much later in the middle overs to snap the skipper, Sune Luus who looked set to take South Africa to a comfortable position.
All that India needs to do now is to ensure it keeps its wickets and bats sensibly, with the pitch favouring seam in Lucknow today.
South Africa 157 all out after 41 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad snaps the last two wickets in one over! Chetty holes out first after presenting a stellar catch to Harmanpreet Kaur at mid-on. Last batter, Mlaba comes in and has little to offer as she slashes one straight to Mithali Raj at covers. Stupendous effort from India to come back into this contest in fine fashion! Trisha Chetty c Kaur b Gayakwad 12 (25b), Nonkululeko Mlaba c Raj b Gayakwad 0 (2b)
SA 156/8 after 40 overs: Goswami finishes her spell and what a phenomenal effort has this been from India’s stalwart. Excellent variations through three phases and she ends the day with figures of 10-0-42-4!
SA 144/8 after 38 overs: Two wickets in three balls for Goswami! Finds the inside-edge off de Klerk first to the stumps and follows it up with a perfect slower-ball to clean up the new batter Shabnim Ismail’s stumps. A masterclass on display as Goswami’s execution is on point to put India well ahead in the clash. Nadine de Klerk b Goswami 8 (17b 1×4), Shabnim Ismail b Goswami 0 (2b)
SA 140/6 after 36 overs: In the air and taken! Goswami picks up another as Trisha Chetty is caught at midwicket. Scratch that. Goswami has overstepped and Chetty survives. Unlucky for India after Goswami cramped Chetty to hit the ball straight to Mandhana on the on-side. The umpires refer upstairs for the no-ball review and the replays suggest that Goswami has bowled a no-ball.
SA 130/6 after 34 overs: Kaur to Goodall. OUT! A wicket first ball for Harmanpreet! Goodall falls short of a well-deserved half-century as she is cleaned up by Kaur. Kaur balls a regulation fuller ball that manages to sneak past Goodall’s defense to rattle the stumps. India stomps further into the Proteas and Kaur bowls a wicket-maiden to warm up! Lara Goodall b Kaur 49 (77b 2×4)
Harmanpreet Kaur into the attack…
SA 130/5 after 33 overs: India has well gained the foothold at the moment as Mithali continues to mix up her bowlers well. Goswami and Poonam have carved out a few tight overs and SA is reeling in its bid to eye a 200-plus total.
SA 119/5 after 30 overs: Goswami to Kapp. OUT! India strikes right after the drinks break! Kapp attempts a flick straightaway after resumption. The shot, not a bad idea against Goswami straighter length but Kapp fails to time it well and induces an edge. The ball sails straight to Deepti Sharma at mid-wicket and India has five. South Africa is rocked hard here and India’s senior star Goswami does the damage. Marizanne Kapp c Sharma b Goswami 10 (16b 2×4)
SA 113/4 after 29 overs: And SA goes past 100 after some tussle. Goodall continues to build after an excellent display against spin. The hard-hitting Kapp has joined her while Poonam Yadav’s rough patch with the ball continues.
SA 99/4 afte 26 overs: Rajeshwari to Mignon du Preez. OUT! An excellent catch at cover by Deepti Sharma! The lead batter of the SA lineup is back to the hut as Rajeshwari Gayakwad lures a false shot from Mignon. Good flight on the delivery outside the off-stump and Mignon attempts to drive it through covers. She fails to reach the ball and ends up hitting it through the air. Deepti Sharma intercepts it in quick time and completes a safe catch as India strikes the fourth wicket. Mignon du Preez c Sharma b Gayakwad 11 (20b 1×4)
SA 95/3 after 25 overs: Halfway through and India has done a commendablel job to return well against Proteas here. The spinners have been dealt fairly well but SA batters still finding it difficult to pierce the gaps.
SA 87/3 after 23 overs: Mignon starts in some style. Mansi makes a rare blip in line as she offers a wide delivery right in Mignon’s arc and she cashes in with an excellent boundary.
SA 80/3 after 21 overs: OUT! Mansi strikes again! And it’s the SA skipper that has to walk back! A cracking outswinger provokes a loose stroke from Luus whose edge carries straight to Sushma Verma behind the stumps. Sensational piece of bowling from the young pacer. Luus falls after stitching a crucial partnership for SA. Mansi finishes the over with a brilliant yorker first-up to Mignon du Preez. Sune Luus c †Verma b Joshi 36 (57b 5×4)
SA 76/2 after 19 overs: Fine return from Mansi. Goodall manages just a sole run of the over. A hint of shape off the seam for Mansi here and it still manages to trouble the batters.
Mansi Joshi is back into the attack.
SA 75/2 after 18 overs: 50-run stand for Luus and Goodall! This has been a tremendous recovery from the Proteas and Poonam Yadav has conceded 10 runs off her first over. Poor start from Poonam as she loops in two loose deliveries with Luus cracking them to the boundary.
SA 65/2 after 17 overs: Rajeshwari continues to push in the loopy deliveries and both Luus and Goodall are happy to employ the sweep to either side of the wicket. Skipper Mithali have placed the fielders for that particular shot and the South Africa has to deal with singles at the moment.
SA 56/2 after 15 overs: Goodall lunges down and smashes Rajeshwari for a cracking boundary down the ground. South Africa is picking up the pace and the left-handed Goodall continues to attempt her sweeps of varying kinds against the spinners, yet to ace one to the boundary though!
SA 51/2 after 14 overs: 50 up for South Africa! Luus and Goodall have recovered well to collect the runs in slowly after India struck early by removing the openers. The batters have played with a positive mindset against the spinners even as the runs have been hard to come by. SA 49/2 after 13 overs: A couple of quiet overs chipped in by Deepti and Rajeshwari as Luus and Goodall is finding it difficult to pierce the gaps.
Meanwhile, another record beckons the Indian skipper!
Most matches in Women’s international cricket:-
310* – MITHALI RAJ
309 – Charlotte Edwards
262* – Jhulan Goswami
SA 41/2 after 11 overs: Luus and Goodall rotate strike with a mix of singles and doubles. Goodall has shown a penchant for the sweep first-up against the spin and it might well go onto be a productive shot against India’s slower bowlers here.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad replaces Jhulan Goswami.
SA 37/2 after 10 overs: Deepti keeps it tight in her first over and the Indians have been proactive on the field. Goodall attemps to sweep Deepti to the boundary but forces on the boundary keep it down to a single.
First signs of spin as Deepti Sharma enters the attack.
SA 35/2 after 9 overs: What a spell this has been from Goswami! Continues to beat the edge of the batters who have kept the tide low against this fine opening spell.
SA 30/2 after 8 overs: Another boundary for Luus as Mansi errs with the length. Over-pitched and Luus aces the drive through the covers. She has copped a fine spell from the pacers but has latched onto any loose ball with precision.
SA 25/2 after 7 overs: Crisp from Goswami! Beats the edge off Luus and nearly gets the third wicket for India. Luus caught in two minds as she plays down the wrong line, expecting the seaming-in delivery. Goswami keeps it full and forces the ball to hold its line to trouble the SA captain.
SA 23/2 after 6 overs: Mansi to Wolvaardt. OUT! India strikes again! Excellent spell of bowling from Mansi and there she has her reward as she packs the menacing Wolvaardt cheaply. The out-swinger has done its bit as Mansi keeps it outside the off-stump line and Wolvaardt attempts a faint nudge with her feet nowhere near the line of the ball. Sushma Verma grabs a simple catch behind the stumps and there’s an excellent start for India. Laura Wolvaardt c Sushma Verma b Mansi Joshi 9 (13b, 2*4)
SA 20/1 after 5 overs: Luus and Wolvaardt continue to take it slow with the Goswami and Mansi bowling well in tandem. While Goswami has brought in the ball inward to the Proteas pair, Mansi has troubled with the away swinge.r
SA 14/1 after 4 overs: Mansi continues to find that away movement. Sune Luus is pepped with a few and Joshi gets a little ambitious as she pitches one full and is creamed to the boundary by the Proteas skipper.
SA 10/1 after 3 overs: Goswami continues to attack the stumps. A shade of uneven bounce with the fuller deliveries to Wolvaardt keeping a tad low onto her feet.
SA 9/1 after 2 overs: Fine start from Mansi Joshi! Gets some away swing right away to trouble Wolvaardt. Mansi beats the bat in succession and SA put under the pump first up here.
SA 5/1 after 1 over: Goswami to Lee. OUT! India strikes right away! Excellent start from the veteran pacer. Goswami began her over by cramping Lee and a rare blip off the fourth ball provided Lee the room to cut one past point for four. Goswami was quick to make amends in her length as she brought one with precision off the final ball to hit Lee’s pads. The Indians go for a loud shout and the umpire raises his finger straight away! Height was a factor in this but Lee has no options with no DRS available in the series. Lizelle Lee lbw Jhulan Goswami 4 (6b, 1*4)
Jhulan Goswami up with the new ball.
Match action underway! Mithali Raj and Co. take the field while SA openers Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee walk out to the middle.
Pitch report: A few changes with the surface that has a black soil track unlike the first ODI that hosted a red-soil pitch. Surprise call from both sides who wanted to bowl first on such a track that may develop more cracks as the game progresses.
TOSS: India wins the Toss and elects to bowl first
India XI: Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Sushma Verma (wk), Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi. Monica Patel makes way for Mansi Joshi.
South Africa XI: Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, N Mlaba. The Proteas move in unchanged.
Preps in full swing for Proteas. Will they go on to make it 2-0 against the host?
South Africa prepares to take a 2-0 lead on Tuesday. – TWITTER/CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA
8:20AM: We slowly head towards that all-important toss. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the top performers to watch out for today. (Numbers are from IND-SA matches)
Top Batters (IND v SA): Lizelle Lee (7 matches, 336 runs, 56.00 average), Laura Wolvaardt (7 matches, 322 runs, 53.67 average), Mithali Raj (10 matches, 316 runs, 39.50 average), Punam Raut (9 matches, 317 runs, 35.22 average)
Here are a couple of records that we could witness today
India skipper Mithali Raj is 62 runs away from becoming the first woman to reach 7000 ODI runs. Mithali is also just 35 runs away from being the second woman batter to reach 10,000 international runs across all formats behind England’s Charlotte Edwards.
Proteas pacer Shabnim Ismail is four wickets away from being the first South Africa bowler to reach 150 ODI wickets. Ismail’s 3/28 had plundered India in the first ODI.
7.45AM: The Indian women had a surprise announcement waiting for them on the occasion of women’s day on Monday with the BCCI announcing the return of India in Test cricket after 7 years
7.30AM: As we witnessed India slump to a heavy defeat in the first-match, certain chinks in the armour were heavily exposed. India failed to get past 200 – sighting a lack of firepower in its batting order while the bowlers failed to make early inroads.
Here’s what the India vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur had to say about the loss:
“We didn’t get any international cricket for a year. Apart from three IPL games we didn’t get much time to work as a unit. As a team you need to spend time and get ready for any series. In the past few years, we had built a rhythm but we will need time to create that rhythm and next game we will try to do that as a unit.”
“Nowadays everybody is looking for a big total, every game we want to score more than 250 but for that you need some time and matches.”
7.20 AM: India v South Africa (recent head-to head) – The Proteas are catching up on the Indians
Last Five matches: India won – 3, SA won – 2
7.05AM: Welcome back, folks! Team India gears up for its second ODI against the Proteas in Lucknow after what was not an ideal comeback to competitive action on Sunday.
Mithali Raj and her girls were inflicted a harrowing eight-wicket defeat by a solid Proteas lineup led by Sune Luus. The Proteas sent India into bat first and snapped the Indian top-order cheaply. With Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka setting up a stern test up-front, the Indian middle-order failed to up the scoring rate even as skipper Mithali Raj (50 off 85 balls) and her deputy, Harmanpreet Kaur (40 off 41 balls) aimed for a resurgence. Skipper Luus and Nonkululeko Mlaba held the batters with a fine spell of spin-bowling to further the axe on India who eventually finished at 177/9 in 50 overs.
A thumping reply from the visitor was in the offing as openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt stitched a massive 169-run partnership to trump the Indian bowlers. South Africa nailed the chase in 40 overs and handed an agonising defeat for India on its return after 364 days.
South Africa squad: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunniclife, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
TIMINGS AND WHERE TO WATCH
The match will begin at 9am IST. India Women vs South Africa Women ODIs will be live on Star Sports 2 (and HD) and Star Sports 3 (and HD). The India Women vs South Africa Women ODIs will also be streamed online on Disney+Hotstar.