Indian Women Cricket Team Scores 166 At The Loss Of Four Wickets In Final T20I Match

| February 24 , 2018 , 19:16 IST

India leads the T20I series 2-1 and will be looking to seal another series win in the fifth and final T20I on Saturday. They had already won the ODI series and Harmanpreet Kaur is the captain of T20I team.

At innings break, India scored 166-4. Mithila Raj scoring a half-century whereas Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur applied finishing touches. 

Indian team has been quite clinical in the first two T20 games which they have won convincingly – by seven and nine wickets respectively – but a five-wicket loss in the third match kept the series alive for South Africa.

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The visitors had a chance to wrap up the series in the fourth T20I, but it rain caused the match to be abandoned.

A win in Cape Town will make the Harmanrpeet Kaur led team, the first Indian team to win two series on a single tour of South Africa. Another milestone after winning the T20I series against Australia.

India dominated the first two T20Is before being humbled by the hosts in the third match. They will have to make sure there is no slipping on Saturday.

Senior player Mithali Raj has done the bulk of the scoring for India with consecutive fifties (54, 76) in the first two matches before a rare failure (0) in the third T20I. Her opening partner Smriti Mandhana (28, 57, 37) too, has done well with useful contributions.

However, in the 3rd T20I, Harmanpreet was left alone to carry the team on her shoulders with a 30-ball 48 as the middle-order collapsed and the visitors folded their innings for 133 in 17.5 overs.

The Proteas have a chance to win the match and level the series to save some embarrassment of losing at home, but their will is against a relentless Indian team who is eyeing history.