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Chloe Tryon smacked a blistering 39-ball 77 as India Women went down by 8 runs. © Getty Images

India Women and South Africa Women played out another close match, around three months after their engrossing ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier game in Sri Lanka. This time, though, in their quadrangular series clash in Potchefstroom on Wednesday (May 17), it was the hosts who came out ahead.

Half-centuries from Andrie Steyn and Trisha Chetty, along with a blistering 39-ball 77 not out from Chloe Tryon, captain for the game, took South Africa to 269 for 5. Deepti Sharma and Mithali Raj fought back with fifties of their own, but even India’s highest second-innings total – the 261 for 9 they posted bettered the 245 for 9 they made in Colombo – wasn’t enough.

Tryon’s side wrapped up an eight-run win, ending not only India’s unbeaten streak in the tournament, but also denying them a chance at the record for the most number of consecutive wins. India’s run ended at 16, joint second with Australia Women (February 1999 to December 2000), and one less than the 17 Australia posted between December 1997 and February 1999.

Having put South Africa in to bat, India struck with the first ball, Jhulan Goswami sending back Lizelle Lee leg before. Steyn and Chetty then stuck around till the 37th over, adding 151 runs, before Tryon arrived to a flurry of boundaries.

She struck six sixes and five boundaries in her innings to lift South Africa to their highest total against a top-six side.

Deepti (74) added 83 for the first wicket with Punam Raut (35) and 68 for the second with Mithali (54) at close to six runs an over. But once the two of them were sent back, the middle order fell to the pace of Masabata Klaas and Shabnim Ismail, who shared five wickets between them.

Shikha Pandey fought to remain unbeaten on 36, including one six, but with nine required in the final over, there would be no repeat of the heroics from Colombo.

Brief scores: South Africa Women 269/5 in 50 overs (Andrie Steyn 83, Trisha Chetty 76, Chloe Tryon 77 n.o.; Ekta Bisht 2-47) beat India Women 261/9 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 71, Mithali Raj 54, Shikha Pandey 36 n.o.; Shabnim Ismail 3-54, Masabata Klaas 2-50) by 8 runs.

India Women’s remarkable winning streak

Date Opposition Margin Player of the Match Venue
February 7, 2016 Australia 5 wickets Mithali Raj Hobart
February 15, 2016 Sri Lanka 107 runs Smriti Mandhana Ranchi
February 17, 2016 Sri Lanka 6 wickets Deepti Sharma Ranchi
February 19, 2016 Sri Lanka 7 wickets Deepti Sharma Ranchi
November 10, 2016 West Indies 6 wickets Vijayawada
November 13, 2016 West Indies 5 wickets Vijayawada
November 16, 2016 West Indies 15 runs Vijayawada
February 7, 2017 Sri Lanka 114 runs Devika Vaidya Colombo (PSS)
February 10, 2017 Ireland 125 runs MD Thirushkamini Colombo (PSS)
February 15, 2017 South Africa 49 runs Mithali Raj Colombo (PSS)
February 17, 2017 Bangladesh 9 wickets Mona Meshram Colombo (NCC)
February 19, 2017 Pakistan 7 wickets Ekta Bisht Colombo (PSS)
February 21, 2017 South Africa 1 wicket Deepti Sharma Colombo (PSS)
May 7, 2017 Ireland 10 wickets Deepti Sharma Potchefstroom (Uni)
May 9, 2017 South Africa 7 wickets Shikha Pandey Potchefstroom (Uni)
May 15, 2017 Ireland 249 runs Deepti Sharma Potchefstroom (SP)

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Zimbabwe v Ireland
Zimbabwe Women, who don’t have ODI status, completed their second win over the higher ranked but inexperienced Ireland Women side in the quadrangular.

Tasmeen Granger’s 4 for 24 helped bundle out Ireland for 150 in 45 overs, before Chipo Mugeri led a steady batting effort to get to the target in 41 overs with five wickets in hand.

Ireland got going at a brisk pace, but once Esther Mbofona (2 for 38) sent back Mary Waldron, in the fourth over, they were unable to build any partnerships of note. Extras – 29 – conceded by Zimbabwe’s bowlers formed the biggest chunk of their runs.

Mugeri added a patient 70 for the second wicket with Modester Mupachikwa and 44 for the third with Anesu Mushangwe. With the bulk of the work done, even the slight stumble thereafter didn’t alter their course.

Brief scores: Ireland Women 150 in 45 overs (L Martiz 26; Tasmeen Granger 4-24; Esther Mbofona 2-38) lost to Zimbabwe Women 154/5 in 41 overs (Chipo Mugeri 42, Modester Mupachikwa 37, Anesu Mushangwe 39) by 5 wickets.