India took a 2-0 lead in the second Twenty20 International with a resounding 9-wicket win over South Africa. Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 76 and Smriti Mandhana made 57 to power India’s second-highest T20I chase.
Here’s how the match unfolded
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Mithali Raj is the Player of the Match for the second straight time for her unbeaten half-century. She became the first woman and third player after Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle to score four consecutive fifties in T20Is.
India win by 9 wickets!
Fittingly, it is Mithali Raj who smashes the first ball of the last for the boundary to give India a convincing victory!
She finishes on 76 off only 61 balls with 8 fours. What a match for the 35-year-old, she keeps getting better!
End of Over 19: End of Over 19: Another boundary for Raj and now India need only 3 runs to win now...
End of Over 18: Pressure, what is that? Raj hits a boundary on the first ball of the over and then again on the fifth to ensure that the equation is back in control. Khaka had bowled well so far but a few loose balls can male all the difference.
India 131/1, need 12 off 12 to win.
End of Over 17: Pressure building a little here with dot balls... Only 4 runs from that over of Daniels, as the equation moves to 23 off 18. India 120/1 with 3 overs to go.
Some Mithali Raj stats
Fifty for Mithali Raj!
This is her fourth consecutive half-century in T20Is as she anchors India’s innings once again. The veteran gets there in 48 balls. India 116/1 after 16 overs, need 27 runs from 24 balls
Wicket! Mandhana is out on 57 off 42.
A strange dismissal as Daniels puts in a half-hearted appeal for LBW, no one really pays attention as the Indians go for the single, but wait, there is a mix-up, and is that a run-out? Lee clips the bails but the umpire is already raising his finger in answer to earlier appeal.
Either way, SA have finally struck, getting The Indian opener after a potentially match-winning half-century with 4x4 3x6.
Harmanpreet Kaur walks in. India 110/1 after 15 overs, need 33 from 30 balls.
End of Over 14: Another dropped catch from South Africa, as Raj gets another life. De Klerk called it, but didn’t get her hands on it.
Only 5 runs from that over, but India are comfortable needing 38 from 36. 105/0
End of Over 13: Chloe Tryon into the attack, and this time it is Mithali Raj who steps on the pedal with consecutive fours to move to 41 of 40.
Hundred up for India, 43 runs required from 42 balls. The equation keeps getting better .
End of Over 12: Raisibe Ntozakhe brought into the attack in a drama-filled over. First Mandhana is dropped on 43 by Kapp at cover, then she smashes two back-to-back sixes to bring up her fifty. She is 53 off only 37 delivers.
In other news, Mandhana’s lofted drive is a shot to be watched on loop.
India 91/0, need 52 from 48 balls
End of Over 11: Khaka continues her impressive spell, giving away only 2 runs. She has gone for only 14 in her 3 overs, even as India have been piling on the pressure. This over could turn out to be important for the Proteas.
India 76/0, need 67 from 54 balls.
End of Over 10: Captain Dane van Niekerk finally brings herself into the attack in the 10th over. Is that the shot in the arm SA need?
Ah well, Mandhana has other ideas as she strikes a brilliant six, India’s first of the innings, to maintain the pressure on the hosts.
10 runs off that over, India 74/0 at the halfway stage. Need 69 runs from 60 balls, the equations look so far, so good.
End of Over 9: Khaka is maintaining her good line as India get 6 runs off her over and no boundaries. But the way the openers are bating, they look set. Proteas would have to do something noteworthy here to break the flow. India are 64/0 and need 79 runs from 66 balls
Meanwhile, Jemimah Rodrigues is seen warming up on the sidelines. Will she come ahead of captain Harmanpreet in case of a wicket?
End of Over 8: Raj finds the gap to hit the first boundary off Daniels to set the tone for the over.
Two balls later, the veteran Indian is dropped by du Preez, a miss that could prove costly for the hosts.
Nine runs off it, India 58/0, need 85 runs more from 12 overs. Looking comfortable for now.
End of Over 7: Khaka brought in to bowl from the other end and bowls a neat, full length to give away no boundaries and only 6 runs in the over. India 49/0, SA were 48/2 at the same stage.
End of Over 6: Moseline Daniels into the attack, replacing Ismail after her expensive over. And she bowls a great over to finish the Powerplay, giving away only 3 runs. India 43/0
End of Over 5: 11 runs of that over as Raj gets her first boundary, followed by another clean strike from Mandhana. India 40/0, with one over to go in the Powerplay. Mandhana already on 27 off 16, forming a good partnership so far. She will be hoping to cash on her good start, unlike the last match where she feel in the fifth over after a blistering star.
End of Over 4: Mandhana freeing her arms here with two fours in the over from Ismail. 13 runs from the over as India move to 29/0, need 114 more from 16 overs
End of Over 3: Another tidy over from Kapp with only 4 runs off it. Not the usual prolific start from India, but both batters have been in good touch and are looking to play themselves in. India 16/0
End of Over 2: Ismail from the other end, also bowls a frugal over to start with... till Mandhana goes down straight the ground for a stylish four on the last ball. India 12/0.
End of Over 1: Kapp starts with back-to-back wides as commentators talk about the pacer struggling with the back injury she is coming back from. But a neat over otherwise. India 6/0
We are back for the chase
Indian openers Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana out in the middle, Marizanne Kapp with the new ball for Proteas.
India to chase 143 to win and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. They will need a required rate of 7.20.
16 runs and a wicket of the last over!
That was a good last over for the Proteas. A six soon after the wicket from Ismail gives SA something to cheer about. Four runs off a no ball on the last ball adds to the kitty. Ismail the real cameo with 16 off 9 balls, SA finish on 142/7.
Wicket! No last over heroics for Chloe Tryon this time as she is caught at the boundary. Patil gets her second as Veda Krishnamurthy takes her third catch of the day.
She goes of 15 off 11, SA 127/7. Khaka the next batter in
End of Over 19: Tryon bludgeons Pandey for a boundary as SA get 9 runs off the penultimate over. SA 126/6 with an over to go.
End of over 18: Despite the wicket of de Klerk, hard-hitter Tryon manages to end the over on a good note with a crisp boundary. SA 117/6 with 12 balls to go in the innings.
Wicket! Proteas are falling apart here. The set batter Nadine de Klerk is out on 26 off 28. She tried to go big as well, but the ball went straight to long on and Veda Krishnamurthy completes a simple catch to give Anuja Patil her first wicket of the day. Ismail the next to walk in SA 111/6
End of Over 17: Eight runs off that Pandey over as SA are 110/5 with 3 overs to go. The Proteas will look to Tryon to give them another late flourish here
Wicket! Luus falls for a well made 33 off 32. In an attempt to pick up the run rate, she tries to go big against Poonam Yadav but the gamble doesn’t work as it goes straight to Veda Krishnamurthy in the 16th over.
The big-hitting Chloe Tryon in now. SA 101/5
End of Over 15: The Indian spinners have done a good job of containing runs and piling on the pressure on South Africa, but Luus and de Klerk are running their singles and have got the odd boundary to keep the score ticking. SA 98/4 with 5 overs to go. Their current run rate is just about 7, and they will look to build on that to end with a strong total.
Wickets! The Live stream is back and two more South African wickets have fallen in the mean time
Mignon du Prezz is run out on 11 and Marizanne Kapp is caught by Pandey off Poonam Yadav out on 1 off 3.
SA are 62/4 at the halfway stage.
The Cricket South Africa Livestream has stopped. We will get back with more updates once it is running again.
Wicket! Captain gets the captain.
A stunning catch by Harmanpreet Kaur, who jumps and plucks it straight from the air at mid-off. The dangerous Dane van Niekerk falls to Vastrakar for 15 off 18, SA 40/1.
The Protea captain looked set for a good score, but credit to Vastrakar and Harman, who gave her an extended, straight spell once again.
Mignon du Preez walks in.
End of Over 6: Anuja Patil comes in for the last over in the Powerplay and bowls a controlled over to give away only five. SA 39/1, with five boundaries in the Powerplay over.
Over to India’s spinners now.
End of Over 5: Vastrakar goes for only five in this over, much better numbers for her after 7 and 9 in her first two. Although the commentators feel that the umpires failed to catch a high no ball and denied Proteas a free hit. SA 34/1 after 5.
Wicket! Lizelle Lee lofts Pandey straight down the ground for four but doesn’t get the distance on the next ball which goes straight to Jemimah Rodrigues, who completes a good, running catch at long off.
The opener is out for 15 off 12, SA 29/1 after 4 overs. Sune Luus in the next batter in
End of Over 3: An expensive over. Vastrakar mixing it up but the fourth ball is too wide and Lee uses the space to bottom edge it behind the keeper for four. She follows it up with a shot over point for second straight boundary. Nine runs of that over, SA 19/0
End of Over 2: Shikha Pandey shares the new ball and bowls a clean over, giving away only 3 runs. SA 10/2, Lee 3 off 6, van Niekerk 6 off 7.
End of Over 1: Vastrakar starts with a no ball and gives away a free hit, but Lee doesn’t get the distance on it and only one runs comes off it.
Van Niekerk hits the first boundary with a neat drive through point and takes a single to take SA to 7/0.
And we are set to go! Pooja Vastrakar with the new ball for India, Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk to open for SA
Here’s the Live stream link for the match, you can watch it Live on Cricket South Africa’s YouTube page
India win the toss: Harmanpreet Kaur has won the toss and India will once again field first.
A quick recap of the last match
South Africa scored 164, with 23 of those runs coming in the last over.
India, playing with four debutants, stuttered early, but player of the match Mithali Raj shared two solid partnerships with 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues and big-hitting Veda Krishnamurthy to take India home.
Here’s how it happened: India vs South Africa, women’s T20I as it happened: Mithali Raj stars in India record win
And here’s the match analysis
4.00 PM: Hello and welcome to The Field’s Live blog for the second Twenty20 International between India and South Africa in East London.
After getting off to a perfect start in the five-match T20I series with a record-breaking chase, India will look to continue its supremacy over South Africa when the two sides meet in the second Twenty20 International at East London. The match will be streamed live on Cricket South Africa’s YouTube channel.