Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt scored respective half centuries, as South Africa women defeated India women by 8 wickets in the first of the five one day internationals here on Sunday.
After being sent into bat by South Africa women, star Indian opener Smrit Mandhana looked in sublime touch during her short stay before edging a Ayabonga Khaka delivery to wicket keeper Trisha Chetty for 14.
Jemimah Rodrigues in the 6th over fell to a brilliant catch at gully by Lee off Marizanne Kapp.
The pair of Mithali Raj along with Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship with a valuable 62 run stand for the fourth wicket stand. The latter playing her 100th one day international, looked in ominous touch before she was caught at long off by Shabnim Ismail off skipper Sune Luus for a well made 40.
Raj playing her first game since November 2019, brought the innings back on track with a 52 run stand along with Deepti Sharma. The dismissal of the Indian skipper triggered a collapse as the home side from 154/4 slumped to 160/8.
India women eventually ended up with 175/9 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
Shabnim Ismail was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/28, while Nonkululeko Mlaba bagged 2 wickets.
Chasing 176, South African duo off Lee and Laura Wolvaardt shared a mammoth opening stand of 169 runs before the latter was trapped leg before wicket by Jhulan Goswami for 80.
Sune Luus made just 1 before she became Goswami’s second victim. The visitors emerged comfortable victors by 8 wickets.
Shabnim Ismail was declared the Player of the Match.