AS IT HAPPENED
Smriti Mandhana (71), Shafali Verma (53), and skipper Mithali Raj (68)struck half-centuries, setting the platform for India to succeed in an aggressive 274 for seven on the Hagley Oval.
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Despite India’s common bowling and fielding, the match final full distance with off-spinner Deepti Sharma needing to defend seven runs within the last over.
A well-set Mignon du Preez was caught within the deep off the penultimate ball, elevating hopes of a memorable win for India. The Proteas now wanted three runs off the ultimate ball.
However, moments later the umpires dominated that Deepti had overstepped, turning India’s Ecstacy into agony in a matter of seconds.
Du Preez finally hit the successful runs off the ultimate ball and remained unbeaten on 52 to see her group by means of and end second within the league stage behind Australia.
As it panned out, Australia, South Africa, England, and West Indies reached the last-four stage.
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In presumably her final match for India, skipper Mithali Raj was left devastated along with her teammates.
India wasn’t constant enough to make the semifinals and ended fifth within the league stage with three wins and 4 losses.
South Africa had been cruising of their run chase with the in-form Laura Wolvaardt (80 off 79) and Lara Goodall (49 off 69) sharing 125 runs for the second wicket.
India relies closely on veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami for early breakthroughs and her absence because of an aspect pressure made the duty simpler for the South Africans.
Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 48 with the bat, removed opener Lizelle Lee (6) with a superb direct hit earlier than Wolvaardt and Goodall received collectively and took the sport away from the opposition.
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Wolvaardt continued her sensational run of the kind along with her fifth fifty-plus score in seven innings. It took a double strike from Harmanpreet to carry India again within the recreation as she discovered the stumps of Wolvaardt and trapped Sune Luus (22) along with her probing off-spin.
The Indian fielding as soon as once more was sloppy and late evening dew made the job harder for them. However, the individual brilliance of Harmanpreet helped India take the sport deep with South Africa needing 45 off the final 30 balls.
Du Preez, who was dropped by Smriti within the forty-fifth over, and Chloe Tyron (17) had been up for the problem and took their group on the cusp of victory. Tyron received three boundaries within the forty-seventh over bowled by Gayakwad to cut back the equation to twenty off 18 balls.
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Earlier, India selected to place runs on the board within the high-pressure recreation whereas their opponents took the sphere of their last league game having already qualified for the semifinals.
Shafali (53 off 46) and Smriti (71 off 84) shared a 91-run stand-off 90 balls for the opening wicket to offer the beginning India had been searching for.
Shafali scored the bulk of the runs within the partnership with Smriti and looked at her fluent greatest en route to her maiden World Cup fifty. She put South Africa’s greatest bowler, pacer Shabnim Ismail underneath the pump by attacking her from the phrase go.
Shafali collected three boundaries off Shabnim’s second over together with an audacious stroll throughout the off-stump to whip the South African bowler over the short-fine leg.
The 18-year-old accomplished her first fifty of the competitors with a boundary over mid-on-off pacer Masabata Klaas.
With the way in which the openers had been going about their business, India seemed on track for 300 for the second time within the match. However, they lost Shafali in opposition to the run of play earlier than number three batter Yastika Bhatia got out in a weird style.
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There was a miscommunication over a fast single on the leg side between Shafali and Smirti whereas Yastika played a sweep shot onto her stumps off-spinner, Chloe Tryon, leaving India at 96 for 2 from 91 for no loss.
Mithali and Smriti then got together to regain the lost momentum.
It was a typical Mithali knock as she modified gears after taking her time early on. She launched the stress with a bunch of cut shots off-spinners earlier than hitting a sublime cover driver off pacer Marizanne Kapp.
With Mithali going sturdy and Harmanpreet joining her within the middle, India discovered their rhythm again to achieve 223 for 3 in 40 overs.
However, solely 51 runs had been scored off the final 60 balls for the loss of 4 wickets as India did not get the ultimate flourish.
Interestingly, Mithali scored her fifty in an important game on the same ground where she scored her maiden World Cup half-century 22 years ago.