2nd ODI: India eves set the pace with win, level series 1-1 with South Africa


There was an enormous smile on India skipper Mithali Raj’s face after profitable the toss for the second ODI towards South Africa on Tuesday. She knew it was important for the pacers to make the most of the useful seaming circumstances and make early inroads, particularly after the SA openers had put up an enormous match-winning partnership in the first one-dayer just lately. 
And India seamers Jhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi didn’t disappoint their captain. In-form SA openers, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt had been dismissed cheaply for 4 and 9 respectively as the hosts took early management of the match. 
After the early setbacks, the guests may muster solely 157 runs from 41 overs. India overhauled the goal with 9 wickets and over 21 overs to spare and made it 1-1 in the five-game series.  
Though the toss was a vital issue, credit score additionally goes to the bowlers, who vastly improved upon their efficiency in the first recreation, the place the Indians misplaced by eight wickets.  
Goswami, 38, confirmed that she continues to be the bowling mainstay of the group. She ran in laborious to choose up 4 essential wickets (4-42) and with it, the lady of the match award to make sure India got here again strongly in the series after a lacklustre first recreation. 
Smriti Mandhana en route her unbeaten 80 towards SA yesterday
The different seamer, Joshi too performed her half and eliminated the harmful Wolvaardt and skipper Sune Luus (36) with some effective swing bowling. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed 3-37 to make sure the SA decrease order didn’t do a lot harm.  
Though India required simply above three an over, Smriti Mandhana started by pulling and hooking pace bowler Shabnim Ismail for 2 sixes in the opening over. 
Mandhana dominated the proceedings, notching up an unbeaten 80 from simply 64 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. Her knock noticed India dwelling in the twenty ninth over, regardless of dropping  opener Jemimah Rodrigues cheaply (9). That was the lone success the South African bowlers had as Mandhana and Punam Raut (62 not out off 89) blazed away with an unbeaten 138-run stand to assist India document their largest win over South Africa by way of wickets. Raut hammered eight fours as she performed a helpful supporting position to Mandhana.  
It was the sort of scientific efficiency the Indian group had been searching for. It now units them up properly for the subsequent three ODIs towards a group that may shock them on any given day. 
Captain Raj dealt with the bowlers effectively, ringing in adjustments at the proper time. She later admitted that profitable the toss proved to be useful and praised the bowlers, particularly Goswami, for bringing India again into the contest.
Brief scoresSA 157 in 41 overs (L Goodall 49, S Luus 36; J Goswami 4-42, R Gayakwad 3-37) misplaced to India 160-1  in 28.4 overs (S Mandhana 80*, P Raut 62*) by 9 wickets




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