South Africa women beats India Women by chasing a decent target of 267 runs with seven wickets to spare & claimed an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five match ODI series.
Indian Women’s ODI team Captain Mithali Raj on Sunday said that India Women’s team bowlers lacked the right kind of preparation before entering the five match ODI series against South Africa. Speaking about the defeat Mithali Raj said, “Even if we scored more than 266, it wouldn’t be enough, the way the South Africans batted. Our bowling department needs to work on preparation before a series. We lacked that”. “We are not a bad fielding side but there are things we can improve on,” she added.
Veteran Pacer Jhulan Goswami pulled out of the match due to niggle & India struggled badly in her absence.
“We missed Jhulan’s experience but it was an opportunity for the other bowlers to step up and take responsibility. Our spin department is experienced. I expect them to come back stronger,” Mithali Raj said. South African Captain Laura Wolvaardt who steadied South Africa’s innings with a 116 runs Opening Wicket Stand with Lizelle Lee called the victory as a “massive team effort”.
“I’m fresh to the job and I used the senior players for advice and help. The plan was to be as attacking with the ball upfront as we could be. We have a world-class attack. One in the top four has to bat through for us. It’s something we haven’t done in the past,” Wolvaardt said.
South Africa’s Mignon Du Preez was named as the Player of the Match for her 55 balls 61 runs while stitching an integral partnership of 103 runs for third wicket with Lara Goodall(59 not out) with whom she shared the award.
“I am sharing this with Lara Goodall. She also deserves this,” said Mignon
“I am one of the experienced players who has been in the line-up a long time and I feel like sometimes I don’t always convert my starts”, added Mignon.
“Laura and Lizelle set up the team so everyone else can play with freedom. It’s been something we wanted to do for a long time: to contribute in the middle”.
“This is a special one. Winning a series in India, in these tough conditions, and with everything happening in the world, we are going to treasure this one,” Mignon Preez concluded.