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Indian Women Loses Third T20 To South Africa By 5 Wickets

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| February 18 , 2018 , 19:26 IST

Post winning first two Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa with ease, Indian women cricket team received a major shock upon losing the 3rd match by five wickets at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on Sunday.

The South African team gave it their best and stopped the visitors from registering a historic series win. Indian batting line-up was collapsed for 133, thanks to Shabnim Ismail's stunning five wickets giving away only 30 runs.

Chasing the target, Sune Luus's 41 and Chloe Tyron's powerful 34 helped South Africa in scoring the required runs. Bringing her marvellous record of not getting out in the previous matches to a halt, Mithali Raj was dismissed in the first over itself.

However, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana showcased a brilliant performance on the field and steadied India's boat for a while but the happiness was seemingly short-lived. South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk soon dismissed Mandhana after she posted 37 off 24 balls on board.

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Skipper Kaur took over the crease and smashed stunning six fours and two sixes taking her master score to 48 off 30 balls. With the total score of 93 on board off 11.2 overs, she was dismissed, following which the entire team was bowled out in a blink.

The second innings started with Pooja Vastrakar dismissing Lizelle Lee for 5 in the third over but Dane van Niekerk's powerful 26 before being bowled by Rajeshwari Gayakwad provided South Africa with some momentum.

Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez's cautious batting helped the hosts in moving closer to the victory with their 50-run stand. Post Du Preez's dismissal Tyron smashed 34 off 15 balls and removed all doubts of South Africa's win.

After Tyron's dismissal in 19th over, the team was only 3 runs away from victory with 9 balls remaining. The fourth match will take place at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 21.