India women win low-scoring thriller to complete whitewash against SA

Vadodara: Indian bowlers, particularly the spinners, came out with a stupendous bowling performance as the Women in Blue defeated South Africa in a low-scoring thriller and clinched the three-match ODI series 3-0. After managing just 146 runs in their first innings, the Indian eves rode on brilliant bowling performances from Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad to bowl out South Africa women for 140 and win the match by six runs at the Reliance Stadium in Gujarat’s Vadodara.

Chasing 147, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were never allowed to bat freely.

Apart from Marizanne Kapp (29), captain Sune Luus (24) and Laura Wolvaardt (23), none of the other batters contributed much and as a result, the Proteas women failed to register the consolatory win, which at the mid-way mark of the match, seemed probable.

Ekta, who was adjudged the Player of the Match, scalped three wickets, giving away just 32 runs from her 10 overs. She was well supported by Deepti and Rajeshwari who picked up two wickets each.

Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues, known for their batting skills, also chipped in with a wicket each.