The visitors put together good partnerships throughout their innings with each of their batters contributing
It may have been the realisation that this was a must-win game against the Indian Women’s team that put pressure on the Momentum Proteas, but whatever the reason the team fell apart completely in yesterday’s second instalment of the ICC Women’s Championship match at the Diamond Oval.
The hosts were shot out for 124, one less than their total on Monday, after the Indians compiled a massive 302/3, giving the visitors a huge 178-run win.
Proteas coach Hilton Moreeng said on Tuesday that the team had to improve their skills all round to stay alive in the series, but it was not to be with yesterday’s performance costing them the ODI series, with a dominant India now holding a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
As was the case on Monday the Indian Women batted first and got off to a flyer with a 56-run opening partnership between Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana. After Raut was dismissed Mandhana kicked on and scored an elegant 135 runs off just 129 deliveries, smashing 14 fours and adding a six for good measure.
The visitors put together good partnerships throughout their innings with each of their batters contributing.
As for the Proteas, unlike on Monday, their bowling was pretty substandard, while their fielding was well below what they showed in the first ODI.
The South African Women’s innings started off disastrously, with them losing two quick wickets with just 51 on the board, Laura Wolvaardt was dismissed for nine and Trisha Chetty, playing in her 100th match for the Proteas was sent packing for six.
And the parade to the dressing room continued with the hosts losing wickets at regular intervals. Only opener, Lizelle Lee kept up her end, and although she scored slowly with her 73 off 109 balls (7x4s, 3x6s) she put her head down and batted sensibly, which was what her teammates should have done.
When she was trapped lbw off the bowling of Deepti Sharma the Indians wrapped up the innings without much fuss.
To the casual observer, it seems as if the Protea Women have the same problem as their male counterparts and many other South African cricket teams, that they are unable to play spin bowlers. This much was obvious because the Indian spinners claimed most of the wickets, with Poonam Yadav taking 4/24, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/14 and Deepti Sharma 2/34.
The competition now moves to Potchefstroom where the third match in the ODI series takes place on Saturday with the match starting at 10am.