Lara Goodall’s half century helps South Africa to steal the series against India
Lara Goodall’s career-best half century helped the Momentum Proteas complete their highest successful One-Day International chase as they beat India Women by seven wickets to surge into an unassailable 3-1 lead at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday.
India Women 266/4 (50 ov)
South Africa Women 269/3 (48.4 ov)
South Africa Women won by 7 wickets
Set a target of 267, the in-form Lizelle Lee struck 69 (75 balls, 10 fours), stand-in captain Laura Wolvaardt hit 53 (78 balls, 6 fours), Player of the Match Mignon du Preez attacked with 61 off 55 balls (8 fours, 1 six) and the solid Goodall made an unbeaten 59 off 66 balls (5 fours) as South Africa won with eight balls to spare.
Their chase beat the previous highest of 265 against England at Centurion in 2015/16 and also secured a third successive series triumph after they beat New Zealand (2020) and Pakistan (2021) in their previous two 50-over outings.
In between that, coach Hilton Moreeng’s charges also reached the T20 World Cup semi-final in Australia last year, an indication that they are a team making substantial gains in the world game.
They had been impressive in their two wins so far on their tour to India, which is taking place in a bio-secure environment (BSE) in Lucknow, with their latest result meaning they have secured the series with a game to spare.
But they will go into that game on Wednesday full of confidence following Sunday’s assured win, built around the batsmen.
The bowlers had earlier conceded 266 for four after Wolvaardt, again standing in as captain for the injured Sune Luus, won the toss and opted to field first.
The innings of the host was built around Punam Raut’s third career century after she top-scored with an unbeaten 104 (123 balls, 10 fours).
Harmanpreet Kaur also plundered 54 off 35 balls (7 fours, 1 six), while there were useful contributions from skipper Mithali Raj (45) and Priya Punia (32).
For the South Africans, Nondumiso Shangase (1/41) was most impressive, along with Ayabonga Khaka (0/26). Shabnim Ismail (1/50) also claimed a wicket, while the most successful bowler was Tumi Sekhukhune with two for 63.
With a huge target in front of them, the Proteas set out towards the target with an impressive Lee-Wolvaardt stand that yielded 116. The two set the tone from the outset by scoring 79 in the first 15 overs and that allowed for their side to stay ahead of the chase.
After both fell in quick succession, the baton was taken up boldly by Du Preez and Goodall. The two added 103 for the third wicket to drain the Indian bowlers and continue the momentum in favour of the tourists.
Du Preez was removed with 31 to get, but Marizanne Kapp stepped in an blasted 22 off 18 balls to help Goodall complete the job.
The Momentum Proteas squad: Sune Luus, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunniclife, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Support Staff: Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Dillon du Preez (Assistant Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Team Manager), Tshegofatso Gaetsewe (Team Doctor), Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist), Zane Webster (Strength and Conditioning), Koketso Gaofetoge (Media Manager).
CSA congratulates Momentum Proteas on a ODI win India.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Momentum Proteas for completing an outstanding Women’s One-Day International Series win over India on Sunday.
South Africa moved into an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match sequence when they won match four by seven-wickets in a record chase at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Hilton Moreeng’s charges won matches one and three by eight wickets and six runs (DLS Method) respectively, before their latest success, which helped them emulate their series success over the Indians on their 2014 tour.
“Congratulations to the Momentum Proteas for a fantastic series win in India,” stated CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. “It is one of the most difficult places in the world to tour and for our players to go there and beat the hosts in their own back yard, with a match to spare is a massive achievement, which cannot be understated.
“We have seen coach Hilton take his team to New Zealand last year and win a series. They followed that up by beating Pakistan at home in January and now they have gone to India and won a third ODI series in succession. It shows the immense growth of this team. They are really beginning to blossom at a time when the women’s game is also growing and we are extremely happy for them.”
CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki added: “What a proud day it is for all South Africans. The Momentum Proteas have done a sterling job to beat India Women in India. To have done it in 2014 was an amazing feat, but then to come back and do it again a few years later is just an amazing achievement.
“We must also remember they are without their injured captain Dane van Niekerk, but in her absence we have seen others like stand-in captains Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt both shine. Lizelle Lee has been incredible with the bat and the support received from those around her like Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez and the bowlers is really plausible.”
The ODI Series will be concluded in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Full Tour Schedule:
- 7 March - 1st ODI - India Women lost to the Momentum Proteas by 8 wickets
- 9 March - 2nd ODI - India Women beat the Momentum Proteas by 9 wickets
- 12 March - 3rd ODI - India Women lost to the Momentum Proteas by 6 runs (DLS)
- 14 March - 4th ODI - India Women lost to the Momentum Proteas by 7 wickets
- 17 March - 5th ODI - India Women v Momentum Proteas
- 20 March - 1st T20I - India Women v Momentum Proteas
- 21 March - 2nd T20I - India Women v Momentum Proteas
- 23 March - 3rd T20I - India Women v Momentum Proteas