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25 February 2018, 05:14 | Randolph Howard
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Cape Town, Feb 24: India clinched the women's Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) cricket series 3-1 after crushing South Africa by 54 runs in the fifth and final match here on Saturday.
The teams are locked at 1-1 in the series, ensuring there's something to play for in the final game of India's two-month tour.
Put into bat after losing the toss, the visitors started on a decent note after smashing 14 runs in the first over however, pacerman Junior Dala provided the first breakthrough for the South Africa as he dismissed a good looking Rohit Sharma (11) in the second over.
The main problem India faced in the second T20I was Yuzvendra Chahal falling short of options when Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy started to take on his wrist-spin. He will look for the same quality he churned out in the ODI at Newlands when he finished with figures of 4-46.
"Today, I was enjoying batting with Shikhar Dhawan". Hopefully we can move forward as a group in the coming games. Later, he kept South Africa in the game single-handedly - until Christiaan Jonker took over - smashing 55 runs off 41 deliveries, an innings that included three huge sixes and a couple of sweetly-timed boundaries.
"Credit goes to the support staff, who gave us a lot of confidence to express ourselves". "I have worked really hard on my game and my mental toughness". Thanks to my wife, my kid to make me believe I can go there and wear the jersey again.
Duminy was gutted to have lost, and said: "They bowled pretty well in the Powerplay, and we just couldn't get the boundaries".
From mind-blowing bowling performances to breathtaking batting displays from the Indian skipper, the tour had it all.
Shikha Pandey (3/16 in 4 overs) was certainly the best bowler on view while left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/26 in 3 overs) had an easy job with the top half blown away by the seamers. With 171, when you have Bhuvi, Bumrah, and Hardik, you can easily defend with the good fielding unit we have. His big-hitting at number four, if successful, is very similar to the role Maxwell plays for Australia. We bowled really well.
A seven-run victory over South Africa in the third Twenty20 worldwide in Cape Town on Saturday (February 24) completed a fairly successful tour for India.
"T20 cricket is all about using variations and timing has to be ideal".
It was India's ninth successive bilateral series win and only the West Indies of the 1980s are ahead of them with 14 consecutive wins.
South Africa changed their bowling around quite a bit and Duminy (0-22) bowled a tight first spell that dropped India's run-rate down to 8.5 an over before the half-way stage of their innings. "You need 2-3 overs to adjust when you play but when it comes to T20s, you have to be proactive and you can not react after what the batsman does", he added.
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