South Africa 189 for 5 (Bosch 58, du Preez 57, Kapp 36*, Gayakwad 3-13) beat India 188 (Raj 79*, de Klerk 3-35) by five wickets.
It was another insipid Indian batting performance in the last ODI. Already lost the series in the 4th ODI , Indian girls managed only 188 in their batting innings . Priya Punia (18) , Mandhana (18) and prolific Punam Raut (10) were dismissed cheaply which pretty much set the tone for the match . Mandhana was out pulling and Raut , the highest run getter in the series fell to a sweep shot. Mithali Raj played a resilient knock of 79 notout to keep India in the game but it was not a dominating innings . Harmanpreet Kaur (30) could not thrive on her start and the lower order dissappointed as the Proteas kept full control on the game.
In reply South African women lost 2/3 in first 3 overs as Gayakwad was getting spin from the surface to raise India’s hopes . Soon it was 27/3 and India were in the game . However brilliant batting against spin by Bosch (58) and Du Preez (57) swung the match gradually in the tourists favour and finally Kapp (36*) completed the final rites for a resounding 4-1 series win for South Africa .
Bcci needs to seriously look at this result of Indian women who to their credit played their 1st international series in one year after the T20I world cup final. The Board needs to regularly plan for more series for Indian girls to keep up and enhance the rising popularity in womens cricket in order to emulate the achievements of other strong women cricketing nations like Australia and England . The BCCI top brass needs to show more intent rather than be in self denial about women’s cricket.