Champion Indian team, played like a pale shadow of their self in the World Cup. Losing to mercurial South Africa by a crushing 115 margin after South African exploded with a staggering 274 off 50 overs.
Indians lose the plot
Indians in their fifth match of the ongoing World Cup today, won the toss and sadly that’s all what they had to be content with.
Chasing 274 runs, the highest target this season, Indians looked in disarray after Mandhanas loss. This was her third straight fall and it’s a sign of big worry for Indians. Baring Deepti Sharmas 60 Runs and Jhulans 43* other batters restrained efforts put India in the dock. Losing wickets at fast pace, big blows were consistent and grave. Biggest was Mithali who, besides win was chasing her personal milestone of scoring the most runs by any player. Dane, leg spinner and skipper was responsible for Mithali Rajs first ball duck, her first in 182 innings. The ball turned a little and bounced a but bamboozled the most acclaimed batter of all time Mithali. Harman another great Indian batter followed suit for a second ball duck off the famed spinner, who was on a roll and sensed a huge upset. Floodgates opened and Indians looked in disarray. Firtunes smiled on speedster Shabnim Ismail who few days ago was hit for 1/89 to 1/18.
New bowler Khaka looked promising with her nippy quick arm action she was second most successful bowler with two wickets. Jhulan looked in fine touch playing to her senior role. Jhulan is at all time 9973 career runs, just seven runs away from becoming the first Indian to score 1000 runs with 100 wickets.
SA Batters Blaze
The day belonged to opening batter Lee scoring a scintillating 92 runs in 65 deliveries. The Indian pacers were the first casualty when Lee, flourished and ransacked the opening pacers for two sixes within first five overs.
Although South Africa lost the first wicket to Pandey but that was like a blip. The plan was certain to derail the momentum and make India rudderless in the onslaught.
Today, South Africans timed the ball well. Lee was most proficient who was lucky seven times today taking her tally to 50 sixes today. Making, Lee the second all time six hitter in the world after Diandra Dottin at 97. Infact the Proteas innings saw 10 sixes and this tournament has witnessed 72 sixes thus far, five more than previous edition with over ten matches to go before finals at Lords.
Impact of Loss to India
This loss places India in precarious situation as their body language looks jaded. Spirits low and net run rate shattered. Still on second spot after Australia, but tomorrows match of England Vs Australia has a overbearing impact on the overall standing. If England wins, then they replace India on second and Indians pushed down to number three spot. With New Zealand and South Africa scavenging for India’s place.
Sign of worry, but Indians have to now regroup their thoughts and prepare for next outing against Australia on July 12.