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by Andrew Wood Monday 24 November 2014
South Africa Women 118-8 (Tryon 50) beatIndia Women 114 by two wicketsFirst One-Day International, Bangalore
Chloe Tryon scored a vital half-century to guide South Africa Women into unchartered territory with a two-wicket win over India Women in the first One-Day International in Bangalore.
Prior to this match, South Africa had never beaten India in an ODI in India and they broke their duck by chasing down a target of 115 in 41.1 overs with Tryon hitting 50 in 80 balls.
Batting first, India made a poor start and only partially recovered before they were bowled out for 114 in 38.5 overs.
South Africa then slumped to 31 for five and 68 for six and even though Tryon was dismissed with two more runs needed to win, the tourists held their nerve to complete victory.
Tryon had earlier removed VR Vanitha for 11 with the new ball as India collapsed to 30 for four as Marizanne Kapp removed Smriti Mandhana (11), Poonam Raut (3) and Mithali Raj (4).
Harmanpreet Kaur then made 31 and Jhulan Goswami 33 to revive India's innings but Poonam Yadav (13 not out) was the only other player to reach double figures.
Kapp returned figures of four for 21, Dane van Niekerk four for nine and Tryon one for 18.
And while India had started badly, South Africa made an even worse start to their run chase as Goswami (3-22), Shubhlakshmi Sharma (2-17) and Kaur (2-28) left them reeling.
Lizelle Lee (0), Trisha Chetty (15), Nadine Moodley (2), Mignon du Preez (11) and Kapp (1) all fell cheaply before van Niekerk, with 14, and Tryon began the recovery.
They put on 37 together and Tryon then added 31 with Sunette Loubser, who contributed just one, for the seventh wicket.
With the job all but done, Tryon was run out but Yolani Fourie (12 not out) sealed victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series that also serves as both sides' second set of fixtures in the ICC Women's Championship.
The second game is on Wednesday (26th October).
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