East London. A brilliant all-round performance from veteran Deepti Sharma (33 runs and 3/30) and a 30-ball 41 not out on debut from Amanjot Kaur helped India beat South Africa by 27 runs in the opening match of the women’s T20 tri-series. India were 69 for five in the 12th over when Deepti Sharma and Amanjot put on a quickfire 76-run partnership for the sixth wicket, helping India post a competitive 147/6 in their 20 overs against South Africa Make. South Africa women’s team won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Deepti scored 33 off 23 balls, hitting a four and a six, while Amanjot hit seven fours in his unbeaten 41. Opener Yastika Bhatia scored 35 runs in 34 balls. South African bowlers Nonkululeko Mlaba (2-15, Marijane Kapp 1-30) tried to put pressure on the Indian team by bowling well, but the bowlers were not successful.
Deepti once again came to the fore during South Africa’s reply as she took three for 30 as South Africa were soon reduced to 64 for five in the 12th over and 120 for nine in 20 overs. Could only make
Bowler Deepti Sharma took three wickets for 30 runs in four overs. At the same time, Devika Vaidya took two wickets for 19 runs in three overs. At the same time, Amanjot Kaur was the player of the match of the team.
India: 147/6 in 20 overs (Yastika Bhatia 35, Deepti Sharma 33, Amanjot Kaur 41 not out; Nonkululeko Mlaba 2-15).
South Africa: 120/9 in 20 overs (Sunne Luus 29, Deepti Sharma 3-30, Devika Vaidya 2-19).
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