Vastavam web: A perfect start achieved, the Indian women’s cricket team would look to continue its supremacy over South Africa when the two sides clash in the second Twenty20 International, here tomorrow.After a 2-1 win in the ODI series, the Indian women started the T20 series on a confident note, drubbing the hosts by seven wickets here in the first game on Monday.Opting to bowl, the Indian women first restricted South Africa to 164 for four and then overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs.
While chasing, opener Mithali Raj (54 not out) held the Indian innings together and shared two crucial stands a 69-run partnership for the third wicket with debutant Jemimah Rodrigues (37) and a 52-run fourth-wicket stand with Veda Krishnamurthy (37 not out) to steer her side home.Mithali’s knock, her 11th T20 International half century, came off 48 deliveries with the help of half a dozen fours and one six and the Indian team management would hope for an encore from the experienced batswoman.Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur too would be hoping to score big after a first-ball duck in the last match, owing to a run out.
The Indian batting looks in good form but the visitors’ bowling is a cause of concern in the absence of veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, who has been ruled out of the series because of a heel injury.Young fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar (1/34) certainly looked nervous on her debut and her pace colleague Shikha Pandey’s (1/41) performance was a big let-down.”It’s good to have the youngsters in the squad. Usually when you have a few new members, they get a lot of positive energy into the team and they are quite active on the ground too,” Mithali had said after the first match. For South Africa, the key would be not to get bogged down by the setback and build on the positives.
Chloe Tryon s ballistic 32 not out from seven balls, including two fours and four sixes, was a big takeaway from the last match and skipper Dane van Niekerk is hoping that the team builds on it.”We need to regroup, we need to speak open and honestly with each other and see where we can change stuff. Our fielding wasn’t at its best and we pride ourselves on our fielding,” Niekerk has said.