The Indian Women’s cricket team began their World Cup preparations with a strong 27-run victory against South Africa. Despite early setbacks, the team was able to bounce back and post a total of 147 in their allotted 20 overs.
Senior batter Deepti Sharma held one end steady, but it was debutant Amanjot Kaur who truly dominated the South African bowlers. In response, South Africa struggled from the start as India took wickets at regular intervals to secure the win.
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The Indian team’s bowling was on point, disrupting South Africa’s innings. Deepti Sharma took 3 wickets while Devika Vaidya claimed 2 wickets. The Indian team registered a well-deserved 27-run win, starting their World Cup preparations on a positive note.
Batting first on a sluggish surface, India was reduced to 69/5 in 12 overs. In a difficult situation, Deepti had to step up and lead the team’s comeback. Alongside seam-bowling all-rounder Amanjot, she was able to rally the team to a more competitive score. By the time Deepti was dismissed in the last over, she had contributed 76 runs off 50 balls with Amanjot.
India had as many as six spin-bowling options in the lineup, making South Africa’s chase even more challenging. Deepti’s performance further solidified this as she claimed the wickets of Laura Wolvaardt and Anneke Bosch.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad also struck early, dismissing a South African player on her second ball. South Africa continued to fall behind and ultimately only managed to score 120 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 20 overs, resulting in a 27 run loss.