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  • 24 Jul, 2024

IND-W vs SA-W Second ODI Highlights:

IND-W vs SA-W Second ODI Highlights:

India 325 for 3 (Mandhana 136, Harmanpreet 103*, Mlaba 2-51) defeated South Africa 321 for 6 (Wolvaardt 135*, Kapp 114, Vastrakar 2-54, Deepti 2-56) by four runs.  

In an exhilarating match in Bengaluru, spectators witnessed an unprecedented four centuries in a women's ODI and a total of 646 runs. India secured a thrilling last-ball victory over South Africa, winning the series 2-0 with one match remaining.  

India's defense of their 325 for 3 hinged on Pooja Vastrakar's final over, where she needed to prevent South Africa from scoring 11 runs. After conceding five runs off the first two balls, Vastrakar took two crucial wickets with her next deliveries, leaving Laura Wolvaardt, who had scored a century, stuck at the non-striker's end. With five runs needed off the final ball, Vastrakar's slower delivery outwitted Wolvaardt, clinching the match for India.  

India's innings, after being put into bat, saw Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur smashing 136 and 103* respectively, leading to India's third-highest ODI total. Despite South Africa's shaky start at 67 for 3, Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp's 184-run partnership brought them close to victory.  

Earlier, South Africa's bowlers, Ayabonga Khaka and Masabata Klaas, made a strong start, exploiting the pitch's conditions to restrict India's scoring initially. Mandhana took 18 balls to get off the mark, and Shafali Verma, after showing some patience, was dismissed for 18.  

India managed only 47 for 1 in the first 15 overs, but Mandhana and D Hemalatha's 62-run partnership steadied the innings. Harmanpreet's arrival at the crease transformed the game, as she and Mandhana put on a 171-run stand. Mandhana accelerated after a slow start, reaching her seventh ODI century in 103 balls and becoming the first Indian woman to score back-to-back centuries in ODIs. Harmanpreet, scoring predominantly on the leg side, hit four fours and two sixes in the midwicket region, reaching her century in the final over.  

South Africa's bowling waned towards the end, allowing India to amass 118 runs in the last ten overs. Richa Ghosh's quickfire 25* off 13 balls, including three fours and a six, contributed significantly to the unbroken 54-run partnership with Harmanpreet, solidifying India's strong finish.