Indian women dished out a superb batting effort but their bowling colleagues failed to step up as South Africa women registered a series-clinching six-wicket win in a last ball thriller in the second T20 International here on Sunday. Shafali Verma (47) blasted six fours and two sixes in her 31-ball innings and forged a 79-run stand with Harleen Deol (31) to set the foundation while Richa Ghosh provided the late charge with a 26-ball 44 not out to help India post a competitive 158 for 4 after being put in to bat. Chasing the target, Lizelle Lee smashed a 45-ball 70 studded with 11 fours and a six, while Laura Wolvaardt slammed an unbeaten 39-ball 53 as South Africa romped home in the last ball. Brief scores: India Women: 158 for 4 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 47, Richa Ghosh 44 not out, Harleen Deol 31; Nonkululeko Mlaba 1/27); South Africa Women: 159 for 4 in 20 0vers (Lizelle Lee 70, Laura Wolvaardt 53 not out; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1/20). Catch thehighlights of the India women vs South Africa Women 2nd T20 match from Lucknow here
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8:40 PM IST: 1st innings Report - Opener Shafali Verma set the platform while Richa Ghosh provided the finishing touch as India Women posted a competitive 158 for 4 against South Africa Women in the second T20 International of the three-match series here on Sunday. Shafali (47) blasted six fours and two sixes in her 31-ball innings and forged a 79-run partnership with Harleen Deol (31) to set the foundation for a good score in their must-win game. Brief scores: India women: 158 for 4 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 47, Richa Ghosh 44 not out, Harleen Deol 31; Nonkululeko Mlaba 1/27).
6:50 PM IST: Teams:
India: Smriti Mandhana (c), Shafali Verma, Harleen Deol, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Nuzhat Parwaeen (wk), Simran Bahadur, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad;
South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
6:43 PM IST: Harmanpreet Kaur misses the second T20 as well. Smriti Mandhana to lead India. Team details shortly