WATCH: Indian women's team wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia pulls off an MS Dhoni against South Africa
Indian women's team got off to a winning start in the ongoing five-match ODI series against South Africa on Wednesday. The Indian eves defeated South Africa by eight wickets at the Reliance Stadium after successfully chasing down the target of 165 runs with 8.2 overs to spare as debutant Priya Punia shone with the bat in Smriti Mandhana's absence.
While Punia was the star with the bat for India with her brilliant knock of unbeaten 75 laced with eight boundaries, it was wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia, who stole the thunder with an MS Dhoni-like stumping to send South Africa wicket-keeper batswoman Trisha Chetty packing. The dismissal took place in the eighth over of the game after veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami drew the first blood for India in the form of Lizelle Lee.
Ekta Bisht bowled a flighted delivery to Chetty, who missed the line completely trying to go for a slog sweep. She ended up missing the shot as Bhatia collected the ball and quickly dislodged the bails with Chetty's foot barely outside the crease. The umpire went upstairs to check and the replays showed it was some brilliant work from the Indian wicket-keeper reminding fans of Dhoni, who is famous for pulling off such dismissals on a regular basis.
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After stumping Chetty, Bhatia effected another dismissal of Bisht's bowling when she stumped Mignon du Preez in the 12th over ensuring the South African top-order couldn't make much of an impact with the bat. Goswami was the wrecker-in-chief for India as he picked up a three-wicket haul to skittle out the visitors for 164 in 45.1 overs.
In reply, Punia took the charge for India after being sent as an opener as she combined with Jemimah Rodrigues (55) to get India off to a strong start with an 83-run stand for the first wicket. She then added an unbeaten stand of 37 runs for the third wicket with captain Mitali Raj (11) to take India over the line comfortably.