India eves’ second T20I against South Africa abandoned due to rain

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-27 11:49:00

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Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat. (Photo: Twitter/@BCCIWomen)

The second women’s T20 international between India and South Africa on Thursday at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

Notably, India eves on Tuesday defeated South Africa by 11 runs in the first T20I to lead the five-match series 1-0, courtesy off-spinner Deepti Sharma, who took three wickets and bowled as many maiden overs.

Chasing a modest 131 for victory in the first T20I at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, South Africa were well in the match with a gritty 59 off 43 balls from Mignon du Preez, but Deepti’s three maidens strangled the visitors as they were bowled out for 119 in 19.5 overs to hand India the lead in the series. Player of the match Deepti ended with career-best figures of 3 for 8 from 4 overs.

After captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s 43 off 34 in the first innings, the day thoroughly belonged to Deepti, who first castled opener Tazmin Brits (3) and then had Nadine de Klerk caught behind by Taniya Bhatia in the same over. Shabnim Ismail, also caught behind, was Deepti’s third victim. Besides Deepti, Shikha (2 for 18), Poonam Yadav (2 for 25) and Radha Yadav (2 for 29) helped sink the Proteas ship.

The third T20 between the two sides will be played on Sunday.

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