Cape Town - Mithali
Raj and Smriti Mandhana both hit half-centuries spearheading a
comprehensive, nine-wicket victory over the Proteas women at Buffalo
Park on Friday.
India go 2-0 up in the five-match series which concludes in Cape Town
on February 24.
whose unbeaten 76 off 61 deliveries (8x4s) earned her a deserved
second, consecutive Player of the Match award, showed her experience in
their chase of South
The senior put on a 106-run opening stand with Mandhana
(57 off 42, 4x4s, 3x6s), setting their side on course to victory before
Moseline Daniels (1/21) struck with the only wicket for the hosts.
captain, Harmanpreet Kaur (7* off 12 balls) took the backseat in her
38-run, second-wicket partnership with Raj, allowing the veteran to take
charge as they
cruised to victory.
missed wicket opportunities and a spell of unremarkable fielding hurt
the home side’s chances of getting within sniffing distance of victory,
while the visitors
made it look easy in comparison.
Raj ended the match in style, hitting a
boundary off Ismail for victory with five deliveries to spare.
in the day, Suné Luus and Nadine de Klerk top scored for the Proteas
with 33 and 26 runs respectively on the road to posting their total,
which was considered
above par on the slow East London wicket.
The rest of the line-up saw a
collection of scores in the teens from Shabnim Ismail (16* off 12
balls), Chloe Tryon (15 off 11), Lizelle Lee (15 off 12) and captain
Dané van Niekerk (15 off 18) after they were put in
to bat first.
Africa will have just one day to turn things around as the series moves
to what will be a must-win match for them in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The teams will play
the first of three double-headers alongside their male counterparts at
the Wanderers Stadium at 09:00 (SAST).
The match will be
broadcast live on SuperSport 2.