The Indian Women’s Cricket team kicked-off its ODI campaign against South Africa as it thrashed the visitors by eight wickets to take 1-0 lead in three-match series on Wednesday. India restricted South Africa to 165, where the hosts successfully chased down the total in just 41.4 overs. Led by Jhulan Goswami, Indian bowler skittled out Proteas for just 165 runs in 45.1 overs.
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Jhulan took her first wicket in the form of Lizelle Lee on the first ball of the innings. She claimed three scalps in the match, dismissing Lizelle, Marizanne Kapp and Nondumiso Shangase. Jhulan was supported by Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, and Poonam Yadav, who picked two wickets each. Jemimah Rodrigues (55 off 65) and Priya Punia gave a great start for India as they both added 83 runs for the opening wicket in 20.4 overs.
After Rodrigues went back to the pavilion in the 21st over, Punia continued to dominate and scored 74 off 123 balls. It was a perfect gift to the skipper Mithali Raj, who became the first woman cricketer to play ODIs for 20 years. Following the solid opening partnership with Rodrigues, Punia added 45 runs for the second wicket with Punam Raut (16 off 38). Likewise, she scored 37 runs for the third wicket with skipper Mithali Raj.