Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut scored respective half centuries as India Women defeated the South Africa Women by 9 wickets and levelled the series 1-1 in the second one day international in Lucknow on Tuesday.
After being sent into bat by Indian skipper Mithali Raj, South Africa women lost Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt cheaply to Jhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi respectively.
The pair of Sune Luus along with Lara Goodall added 60 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed by Joshi for 36.
In the 26th over Mignon du Preez was caught brilliantly by Deepti Sharma at covers off Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Lara Goodall was cleaned by a brilliant delivery from Harmanpreet Kaur with the left hander falling one run short of her fifty.
Goswami in the 38th over struck twice by dismissing Nadine de Klerk (8) and Shabnim Ismail quickly to reduce South Africa to 144 for 8.
Gayakwad wrapped up South Africa’s innings by dismissing Trisha Chetty and Nonkululeko Mlaba as the visitors were bowled out for 157 runs in 41 overs.
Jhulan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/42, while left arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed 3 wickets.
Chasing 158, India lost young Jemimah Rodrigues early as she under edged a Shabnim Ismail delivery onto her stumps for 9.
Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut shared an unbeaten 138-run stand for the second wicket as India overhauled the target of 158 in 28.4 overs.
Mandhana remained unbeaten on 80 off 64 balls and Raut was not out on 62.
Veteran Jhulan Goswami was declared the Player of the Match.