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Ismail five-fer keep South Africa Women alive with win in Johannesburg T20I

Shabnim Ismail impressed with a five-wicket haul
Shabnim Ismail impressed with a five-wicket haul

South Africa Women 134-5 (Luus 41) beat
India Women 133 (Ismail 5-30) by five wickets
Third Twenty20 International in Johannesburg

Shabnim Ismail picked her maiden five-wicket haul as South Africa Women bowled out India Women for 133 runs and later chased down the target in 19 overs with five wickets in hand in the third Twenty20 International in Johannesburg.

As a result, South Africa have managed to remain alive in the five-game series which is poised 2-1 in favour of India.

South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. Marizanne Kapp (1-6) struck in the fifth delivery of the innings when Marizanne Kapp (1-6) had Mithali Raj (0) dismissed.

Smriti Mandhana (37) and Harmanpreet Kaur (48) consolidated the innings with a 55-run stand for the second wicket off just 39 deliveries but the former's dismissal by Dane van Niekerk (1-16) changed the complexion of the innings as Ismail (5-30) ran through the middle and the lower order to dismiss the visitors for 133 runs in 17.5 overs.

Pooja Vastrakar (2-21) provided a promising start for India with the ball with the wicket of Lizelle Lee (5) but van Niekerk (26), Sune Luus (41) and Mignon du Preez (20) consolidated the innings to lay a solid foundation but it was Chloe Tryon's (34) 15-ball blitz that had four boundaries and two sixes that helped South Africa complete the chase with five wickets and six balls to spare.

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