A rusty Indian ladies’s cricket group might be searching for some rhythm within the second ODI in opposition to South Africa right here on Tuesday after being outplayed by the guests within the series-opener. Though captain Mithali Raj and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur had insisted that rustiness will not be a problem of their first collection in 12 months, India clearly seemed a aspect which had not performed for a very long time within the opener of the five-match collection on Sunday. A greater ready South Africa, alternatively, had been scientific and might be onerous to beat within the coming video games.
After the sport, Kaur realised the gamers wanted a while to gel as a unit. Barring Kaur, Raj and Deepti Sharma to a sure extent, not one of the batters may apply themselves on an honest batting floor.
Quite a lot of them had been responsible of poor shot choice as identified by Kaur after the sport.
The spinners, who’re historically thought of India’s energy, hardly troubled the South African duo of Lizelle Lee and 21-year-old Laura Wolvaardt, who put up the best ever opening wicket stand in opposition to India to run away with the competition.
There had been some positives, nonetheless, comparable to Raj scoring a gritty half-century and pacer Jhulan Goswami exhibiting she remains to be among the many finest within the enterprise. Both the veterans had been enjoying their first recreation since November 2019.
Kaur too seemed good in her 100th ODI however would have favored to transform the beginning into a giant rating.
Opener Smriti Mandhana struck three pleasant fours earlier than falling to a unfastened shot and can be backing herself to bat lengthy on Tuesday.
“Few of them got starts but couldn’t convert. The bowlers need to be more consistent with lines and lengths, maybe they weren’t consistent because they’re coming back after a long break,” Raj acknowledged after the match through which India may submit solely 177 that South Africa chase down in simply 40.1 overs.
Pacer Monica Patel was handed her debut on Sunday and extra caps might be handed out within the second recreation with the administration maintaining one eye on preparations for the World Cup subsequent 12 months.
Pulling one again in opposition to South Africa looks like a frightening job contemplating the way in which they performed within the opener. They seemed a group excessive on confidence having blanked Pakistan at dwelling not too long ago.
Their tempo assault led by Shabnim Ismail was spectacular and Indians must discover a solution to negate that menace.
India ladies: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica Patel.
South Africa ladies: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
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