India women beat SA to clinch T20I series
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 25, 2018,
Feb 25, 2018, 22:40
India have thus won the three-match series 2-1.
India did not commence the South Africa tour on a happy note with defeat in first two Tests of the series.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Co restricted SA to 25/1 in the first six overs, India were allowed to cruise to 57/1. Dhawan (47) and Raina (43) were the top scorers.
Paceman Junior Dala took three wickets while Chris Morris accounted for two batsmen for the hosts.
In reply, South Africa tried hard, but fell short of the target by 7 runs as they finished at 165/6.
Proteas skipper JP Duminy continued his fine form as he smashed 55 off 41 balls before departing off the bowling of Shardul Thakur. "First of all thanks to IPL, it has made an Indian bowler a thinking bowler", said Kumar, who took seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul, in the three-match T20 worldwide series.
Suresh Raina was awarded man-of-the-match for his performance on Saturday.
"These one and a half years will define what this Indian team can do", said coach Ravi Shastri ahead of the trip to South Africa.
"It is a conscious effort to turn my game so that I can get used to the T20 format because as an opener it is important that I have all-round shots and also see that aerial route, because the first six overs are crucial so you can give a start to the team". "I hope games like these teach us a lot of things". South Africa on the other hand are at No. 7 in the rankings with 113 points. With a flurry of boundaries, he and Dhawan took India to 57/1 in the first six overs and their 50-partnership came off 37 balls. He and Behardien together brought South Africa to the position where they needed 19 runs off six balls. The hosts put down two chances and made several other clumsy errors that ultimately cost them the series, while the visitors barely put a foot wrong in the field. He has been phenomenal in the two games he has played so far, and is shaping up to be a formidable asset as a backup pacer. Also, Rohit Sharma who though failed with the bat departing at an individual score of 11, otherwise shined as a captain. "But it gives us confidence in whatever way we have played, and we are ready to go to England and Australia, and do better there", Bhuvaneshwar said off PTI sources. "I have worked really hard on my game and my mental toughness". Many times, it was the South African bowlers who struggled to make sense of them.
"We showed a lot of intensity and played with a lot of aggression".
While the captain, who dominated in the ODIs, has been short of runs in the shortest format, the middle order led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played positive cricket, while Shikhar Dhawan has been providing good starts.