India dominate final T20 as Proteas take 2-1 series victory

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A batting collapse saw the Proteas women suffer a thrashing in the third and final T20 against India at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.

India completely dominated the match from start to finish and cruised to a nine-wicket victory as South Africa took the T20 series 2-1.

After losing the toss and being sent to bat, the Proteas made three changes in the dead-rubber T20, bringing in Faye Tunnicliffe, Nondumiso Shangase and Tumi Sekhukhune for Mignon du Preez, Ayabonga Khaka and Nonkululeko Mlaba.

Proteas openers Lizelle Lee (12) and Anneke Bosch (0) were looking to replicate their fine form in this series so far but spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/9) had other idea.

Gayakwad sent the opening pair packing early and when spinner Radha Yadav saw the back of Laura Wolvaardt (0), the Proteas were reeling at 16 for 3.

Skipper Sune Luus top-scored with 28 and Laura Goodall managed an unbeaten 25 as the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the visitors.

Defending a paltry score, the Proteas toiled hard for a breakthrough as Indian openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana dominated.

Verma smashed 60 off 30 (7 fours and 5 sixes) and built a 96-run partnership with her captain before she fell to Nondumiso Shangase (1/18).

Verma took her side over the line with an unbeaten 48 off 28 deliveries (9 fours) as India cruised to victory with 54 balls to spare.

Scores in brief:

South Africa 112/7 in 20 overs (Sune Luus 28, Lara Goodall 25*, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3/9)

India 114/1 in 11 overs (Shafali Verma 60, Smriti Mandhana 48*, Nondumiso Shangase 1/18)

Result: India win by nine wickets

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