Indian girls dished out an excellent batting effort however their bowling colleagues didn’t step up as South Africa girls registered a series-clinching six-wicket win in a final ball thriller within the second T20 Worldwide right here on Sunday.
Shafali Verma (47) blasted six fours and two sixes in her 31-ball innings and solid a 79-run stand with Harleen Deol (31) to set the inspiration whereas Richa Ghosh offered the late cost with a 26-ball 44 not out to assist India put up a aggressive 158 for Four after being put in to bat.
Chasing the goal, Lizelle Lee smashed a 45-ball 70 studded with 11 fours and a six, whereas Laura Wolvaardt slammed an unbeaten 39-ball 53 as South Africa romped house within the final ball.
Defending the whole, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad removed Anne Bosch (2) early however Lee starred in two essential partnerships, including 58 with skipper Sune Luus (20) after which 50 with Laura to maintain them within the hunt.
As soon as Luus was run out by Deepti Sharma (0/31) and Lee was caught and bowled by Radha Yadav (1/25), Laura took the onus on herself to take the crew house.
Defending 19 off 12 balls, Harleen dismissed du Preez (10) within the first ball however she conceded two fours, leaving Arundhati Reddy 9 to defend within the final over.
Needing six off final two balls, Reddy bowled a no ball which modified the complexion of the sport as Laura took the crew house within the final ball.
Earlier, opener Shafali set the platform whereas Ghosh offered the final touch as India Girls posted a aggressive 158 for 4.
Invited to bat, skipper Smriti Mandhana (7) as soon as once more fell early as she chased an out of doors supply from Ismail solely to edge it to the keeper within the second over.
Shafali, who seemed watchful initially, smashed three fours within the fourth over to place the bowlers underneath strain.
New batter Harleen Doel, who scored a fifty within the first T20I, despatched Khaka throughout the backward level for her first boundary as India scored 31 for one within the first 5 overs.
Shafali then welcomed Nadine de Klerk with a straight hit throughout the fence earlier than unleashing a large heave for a six as India ended the powerplay at 41 for one.
Shafali acquired a life when she was dropped by Anne Bosch within the seventh over. Harleen then took Anne to the cleaners with back-to-back boundaries.
Within the 10th over, each Shafali and Harleen scored a boundary every as Nadine de Klerk condeded 14 runs.
The India opener then despatched N Mlaba for a six with a slog sweep however the bowler got here again to wash her up within the final ball with Shafali on the lookout for one other slog within the leg-side.
Harleen too departed after she was caught by Ismail off Anne within the subsequent over.
Ghosh smashed three fours, whereas Jemimah Rodrigues (16) hit one as India amassed 18 runs off the 14th over bowled by Sune Luus.
After Rodrigues departed, Ghosh slammed 4 extra boundaries to take India to a aggressive rating.
For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail (1/31), Nonkululeko Mlaba (1/27), Nadine de Klerk (1/28) and Anne Bosch (1/26) had been among the many wickets.
India Girls: 158 for Four in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 47, Richa Ghosh 44 not out, Harleen Deol 31; Nonkululeko Mlaba 1/27).
South Africa Girls: 159 for Four in 20 0vers (Lizelle Lee 70, Laura Wolvaardt 53 not out; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1/20).