Opener Mithali Raj’s unbeaten half-century powered India a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the first of the five Women’s T20Is here on Tuesday. India led the five-match T20 International series 1-0.
Chasing down a target of 165 with seven balls to spare, Mithali(34) shared 69-run partnership for the third wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues (37) and 52 runs partnership with Veda Krishnamurthy (37 not out) for the fourth wicket.
Mithali’s 11th T20 International half century came from 48 deliveries and she hit six fours, one six and carried her bat through the innings. India finished at 168 for three in 18.5 overs.
For South Africa, leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk and left-arm pacer Moseline Daniels picked a wicket each.
Earlier, put into bat, South Africa scored 164 for four in 20 overs with Chloe Tryon scoring 32 not out off just seven balls. She struck four sixes and two boundaries in a sensational batting style.