Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

India beat South Africa in first Women's Championship face-off by 88 Runs

India beat South Africa in first Women's Championship face-off by 88 Runs

Seven months after a stupendous show in the World Cup, the Indian women's team shook off rustiness easily with a crushing 88-run win over South Africa in the series-opener on Monday.

Smriti Mandhana top-scored for India in the first ODI against South Africa.

Dominant in the series-opener, the Indian women's cricket team will look to seal the issue when it takes on South Africa in the second ODI of the three-match series, on Wednesday. In the latter instance, the visitors shot into a 2-1 lead, only to lose the five-match series 3-2 in the end.

From the on-set of the RamSlam T20 Challenge, De Kock has failed to find the middle of his bat.

South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock's enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise.

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The leg-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has put the hosts under real pressure during the first two matches, claiming 13 wickets in the process. He has not crossed fifty once in eight innings across all formats.

De Kock's injury leaves South Africa without an opening batsman and their first-choice wicketkeeper, but he has gone through a torrid time right from the first Test in Cape Town. South Africa's win will push India again to second place.

Meanwhile, the Indian team is relishing a fine role reversal from the Test series. Pandey rocked South Africa early by removing opener Lizelle Lee (3), wicket-keeper Trisha Chetty (5) and Mignon du Preez (0) to leave them at 23/3 in 9.2 overs. Dale Steyn, who was not named in the ODI squad, is still recovering from a heel concern. Till now Team India has managed to win only one match out of three ODI's in Capetown.

In UK, you can see live streaming of India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Cape Town on SKY SPORTS.

India's spin bowlers have dominated the series thus far and given the visitors a real chance of winning their maiden ODI series on South African soil. The Indian team management has repeatedly said that rankings don't warrant much attention, but these are brownie points that Kohli and Co. wouldn't want to miss out on.

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