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Proteas Women close morale-boosting T20 series win over India

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South Africa have lost the ODI series and one-off Test match, and the third and final T20 encounter, set to be hosted at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday (3.30pm SA time), will be the last match of the tour.

South Africa’s Anneke Bosch welcomed the runs she scored in Sunday’s T20 International, at the back end of an ODI series and Test match where runs were hard to come by. Picture: @OfficialCSA, Twitter

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup kicks off in just under three months and the Proteas Women – without a permanent coach – find themselves on the verge of winning their three-match T20 series away against India.

Having won the first match by 12 runs, the no-result in the second match has put them in a great position on the road to Bangladesh.

South Africa have lost the ODI series and one-off Test match, and the third and final T20 encounter, set to be hosted at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday (3.30pm SA time), will be the last match of the tour.

There will be a lot on the line for both sides. South Africa have a golden chance to redeem their tour, while India will want a win to draw the match and the series, and remain unbeaten in all three formats.

The Proteas have had a lot of positives so far in the series, especially in their batting department. Anneke Bosch’s 40 off 32 balls was ultimately in vain as the second T20 was rained out, but the 30-year-old welcomed the runs at the back end of an ODI series and Test match where runs were hard to come by.

“I was excited to start with the T20s again,” she said.

“I enjoyed the Test match a lot. I would have liked to score more runs than I did and in the ODIs as well, but I’m happy that I could contribute (on Sunday).

“I was not completely happy with my innings. That was probably the most I have struggled in a long time in the middle.

“The way I felt when I was hitting the ball, I felt like I was going nowhere slowly at a stage. With conditions getting a bit more difficult in the last half of the innings, the ball getting older and softer and them bowling a bit slower, it was important for someone to stay in towards the end of the game.

“Luckily, we had a really good powerplay. Wolfie (Laura Wolvaardt) and Taz (Tazmin Brits) started really well and that allowed us to take it really slow in the middle and just build a partnership, and have wickets in hand and play more freely.”

Bosch has had different roles so far in the first two matches, and depending on the match situations, the same could happen again in future.

“There is obviously different situations,” she explained.

“In the first match I would have gone in with about five overs left, where we felt like it was more suited for Nadine (de Klerk) or Chloe (Tryon) to go in with a little less time left. (On Sunday) the wickets fell a bit earlier, so it was better for me to have a little bit of time in the middle, and also the plan was to build a partnership and not lose too many wickets in the first 12 overs.”

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