Tougher challenger was expected in the fifth match of the women’s world cup between Indian cricket girls vs Proteas at the Leicester Cricket Ground, and it certainly is going down to the wires. Put into bat by India, South African girls swept, drove and placed the ball into surgical precision and posted a mammoth 273 for 9 wickets. This is their second highest score against India in this campaign.
It was a fine display by opener Ghazelle Lee who disdainfully displayed lusty blows to the opening Indian bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey. Pandey, was the only change in the squad in place of Mansi Joshi, and the services pacer obliged with glee and removed Wolvaardt with her second delivery with a dipping inswing bowler.
Runs flourished and Proteas started from where they had left off in the previous match where they crossed 300 marked with massive heaves often finding the boundary ropes. Ekta Bisht, the most successful of Indian bowler was smashed thus becoming unusually expensive. Lee, scored 82 runs (10 fours & 7 sixes) of her 92 runs with boundaries. Other bowlers chipped in handsomely and then Harmanpreet came in tied down Lee with her off breaks and forcing in tom play across the line and depart when in full swing. Harmanpreet’s second wicket came in using the crease intelligently to deceive and castle Marizanne Kapp.
India is new to Leicester ground and needs to settle in against the fast bowling of Kapp & Ismail. The lethal duo has troubled Indian openers as the biggest loss accounting to inform Smriti who lost at 4, structuring a highest run chase for India against South Africa.
The toughest challenge would sweep India to one step further in the rankings table, drastically revamping the performance image, interestingly, for both the teams at Leicester Ground.
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