Smriti, Jhulan degree sequence

Lucknow, March 9

Veteran pace bowler Jhulan Goswami’s four-wicket haul was complemented by opener Smriti Mandhana’s sparkling 80 not out as Indian women outplayed South Africa by nine wickets in the second ODI to level the five-match series 1-1 here today.

The 38-year-old Goswami picked up 4/42 as the visitors were bowled out for 157 in 41 overs. Named the Player of the Match, Goswami was supported by fellow seamer Mansi Joshi (2/23) and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/37) as India took control after opting to field.

Mandhana, with 80 not out off 64 balls, and Raut (62* off 89 balls) then shared an unbeaten 138-run partnership for the second wicket as India reached the target in only 28.4 overs to bounce back from their eight-wicket loss in the first ODI.

Mandhana blasted 10 fours and three sixes while Raut dropped anchor at one end but also hit eight boundaries.

Smriti Mandhana scored 80 off 64 balls. BCCI

Mandhana made her intentions clear right from the start when she clubbed the first two balls of her innings for sixes off Shabnim Ismail, though the second six was top-edged over fine leg.

India lost an early wicket when Jemimah Rodrigues (8 off 19 balls) dragged one to the stumps in the fifth over.

Raut took some time to get going but Mandhana was in full flow as she picked up boundaries regularly to keep the scoreboard ticking. If the short balls were dispatched over the ropes, she also drove anything full through the covers, and played one delectable late cut.

In the 20th over, Mandhana picked up successive fours to get to her 50 in style, while Raut crossed the 50-run mark with ramped four over the keeper. Mandhana scored the winning runs with successive fours in the 29th over.

Lara top-scores

Earlier, Lara Goodall was the most successful batswoman for South Africa as she scored a 77-ball 49, while skipper Sune Luus chipped in with a 57-ball 36.

The Indian pacers were rewarded for bowling a probing line as Goswami and Joshi made early breakthroughs, dismissing openers Lizelle Lee (4) and Laura Wolvaardt (9) cheaply. Luus and Goodall then added 60 runs but Joshi returned to dismiss the South Africa skipper in the 21st over.

The spinners then took control as Deepti Sharma and Gayakwad bowled in tandem. In the 26th over, Mignon du Preez (11) was caught by Deepti at cover after she was deceived by Gayakwad in flight.

Goswami returned to get rid of Marizanne Kapp (10) and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur cleaned up Goodall with her first delivery, reducing South Africa to 130/6. Goswami struck twice in the 38th over, removing Nadine de Klerk (8) and Shabnim Ismail (0). — PTI

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