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Mandhana 135 highlights India Women's series win over South Africa

Smriti Mandhana came up with a terrific knock
Smriti Mandhana came up with a terrific knock

India Women 302-3 (Mandhana 135) beat
South Africa Women 124 (Lee 73) by 178 runs
Second One-Day International in Kimberley

Smriti Mandhana was among the runs once again as she amassed 135 runs as India Women went on to beat South Africa Women by 178 runs in the second One-Day International in Kimberley to claim the series 2-0.

After sent to bat first, Punam Raut (20) and Smriti Mandhana (135) provided a solid start of 51 runs in the first powerplay. Masabata Klaas (1-65) provided the breakthrough when Raut was caught in the 13th over but Mandhana went on complete her half-century off 65 deliveries.

Mithali Raj (20) started the innings positively but failed to carry on as she handed a return catch to Sune Luus (1-31). Nevertheless, India totally dominated the second half of the innings with Mandhana reaching her century in the 40th over.

In what was a fabulous 43rd over for the visitors, both Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur (55 not out) smashed four boundaries and a six.

Mandhana's 129-ball masterclass fell in the 44th over but Veda Krishnamurthy (51 not out) provided the perfect flourish in the death overs with a 33-ball unbeaten knock as India went on to post 302 for three in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Lizelle Lee (73) and Marizanne Kapp (17 not out) were the only batsmen to cross double figures as the rest of the batting capitulated with Poonam Yadav (4-24), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2-14) and Deepti Sharma (2-34) being the among the wickets.

The 178-run victory has taken India's lead to 2-0 in the three-match series which is also part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship.

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