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ICC WWC 2017: South Africa Thrashes India

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| July 9 , 2017 , 11:12 IST

The winning spree of India’s Women’s National Cricket Team came to an end on Saturday as India lost to South Africa by a huge margin.

South Africa scored a thumping 273-9 in the first inning, while the entire Indian team was limited to a mere 158 runs in 46 overs.

 The match started on a positive note for India with Shikha Pandey sending back the South African opener Laura Wolvaardt back to the pavilion in the second over. However, the conditions changed dramatically over the next few over as the runner-up Lizelle Lee started settling in the pitch. Indian bowlers failed against her as she approached her century, but right after she before she could do that she was sent running back to the pavilion.

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However, trouble wasn’t over for India as Lizelle walked back to pavilion, Dane Van Niekerk (57) along with Trisha Chetty (24), Mignon du Preez (22), Chloe Tryon (24) and other team members made a substantial target of 273 for India. Niekerk wasn’t done yet, she also took 3 wickets effectively limiting India’s score.

In the second Deepti scored the highest for India with 60 runs off 111 balls with five hits to the fence. But she waged a lonely battle as wickets kept falling at the other end. Jhulan Goswami was the only other Indian batter who managed to stand up to the South African bowlers with an unbeaten 43 off 79 balls.

Deepti and Jhulan managed to stem the rot for a while, batting together for 18.2 overs, adding 53 runs with their partnership. However, that was the only bit of resistance India managed to put up in the match as the rest of the team fell over.

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\This was the first defeat for India in the tournament. India has who all their previous matches by comfortably large margins. With this defeat, India ranks second in the table with eight points behind Australia. South Africa is fourth in the list with seven points.