India Women beat South Africa Women: Here're the records broken
India Women came up with a commendable performance, especially with the ball, as they defended a low total to beat South Africa Women in the opening T20I at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Tuesday. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma was adjudged the Player of the Match for her fine bowling performance, as we take a look at the records broken in this tie.
There have been a number of young cricketers for India, as a lot of such young talents keep floating in. On the same note, Shafali Verma, who made her India debut on Tuesday, became the second-youngest Indian cricketer (15 years) to play international cricket. The record for the youngest is held by Gargi Banerji, who made her debut at the age of 14.
In what was a test for the Indian bowlers, Deepti was the standout performer, not just for her economical spell of 3/8, but also for bowling three consecutive maidens. As a result, she became the first Indian to bowl three maidens in a T20I.
First runs off Deepti Sharma's bowling on the 19th ball she bowled in this game. Only three players bowled more dots balls before conceding their first run in a T20I game. #INDWvSAW— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 24, 2019
The match also saw Smriti Mandhana play her 50th consecutive T20I for India. To date, she has played 59 T20Is, having made her debut in April 2013. Meanwhile, the win also saw India ending their seven-match losing streak in the format, which started in November 2018, following their ICC World T20 semi-final defeat to England.
After winning the toss, South African skipper Sune Luus invited India to bat first, as the latter could manage a paltry total of 130, courtesy skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's 43, while Shabnim Ismail claimed 3/26. However, in reply, it became a horror show for the visitors as, despite Mignon du Preez's 59, Deepti turned things around with her spin, with India winning by 11 runs.