India Women clinch thriller vs South Africa to win series 3-0

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 India won the third and final ODI by six runs in a thrilling match against South Africa at Reliance Stadium, in Vadodara to complete a 3-0 clean sweep against the visitors. After electing to bat first, India lost Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues early in the innings, as the hosts were reduced to 5/2. After a brief stint, both Punam Raut and Mithali Raj were also sent packing with the run rate plummetting for India. Harmanpreet Kaur and Shikha Pandey showed some resistance as the pair added 49 runs for the seventh wicket. After their dismissal, the Proteas quickly wrapped up the Indian tail bundling them on 146 in 45.5 overs.

Deepti screams and appeals! She is absolutely convinced that she has Kapp. The LBW appeal is given. Kapp walks back, visibly disappointed. The delivery came in quick and pitched outside the offstump, but swung in, convincing everyone around the batter that she needed to walk. South Africa in trouble here. In comes Nondumiso Shangase. Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowls to Kapp who gets the ball to cover before running across for a single. The throw comes back and misses the stumps ever so closely before Kapp is back to the crease safely. If that managed contact, the Proteas would have been in trouble. What a game this is turning out to be. Ashwin holds Rajeshwari, who steered clear of the overthrow from Deepti Sharma responsible. In 22 overs, five wickets have fallen, ten boundaries, no sixes. Not a day for the maximums, it seems. Coming next in the order are: Shabnim Ismail, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune, Ayabonga Khaka.

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If you’re a South African fan, you will vehemently disagree and rightly so. It’s been a field day for the bowlers today. Marizanne Kapp led the pack with three brilliant wickets, even directing bowlers to go with a certain length and line towards the end of the Indian innings. Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka chipped in with a pair of wickets each to ensure India never really had a chance to get going at all in this third ODI. South Africa needs 147 runs to win this ODI. While it makes no difference to the series result, this is a win the Proteas will not want to throw away, especially considering the success the bowlers have had in the first innings.

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