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)|
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.