East London : Debutant Amanjot Kaur struck an unbeaten 30-ball 41 as India overcame tough conditions to beat South Africa by 27 runs in their first match of the Women’s T20 International triangular cricket series here. The South African women’s team won the toss and decided to bowl first and kept their upper hand by sending five Indian batsmen to the pavilion for 69 runs in the 12th over.
Broke 9 years old record at number 7
Amanjot Kaur landed at number 7 and faced 30 balls and scored 41 not out. His innings included 7 fours. This is a new Indian record for the highest score made by any female batsman at number 7 or lower. Earlier this record was in the name of Jhulan Goswami, which he made in the year 2014.
Deepti (33 off 23 balls) and Amanjot then stitched together a 50-ball 76-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take India to a challenging 147 for six in Thursday night’s encounter. Apart from these two, only opener Yastika Bhatia (35) could reach double digits. In reply, the Indian spinners took full advantage of the conditions to ensure victory for the hosts by restricting the hosts to 120 for nine. South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals in front of the sharp bowling of Deepti (3/30) and Devika Vaidya (2/19).
Rajeshwari Gaikwad (1/11), Sneh Rana (1/12) and Radha Yadav (1/17) also took one wicket each while bowling economically. South Africa also got off to a bad start. The team lost the wickets of openers Laura Wolvaardt (06) and Anneke Bosch (02) early. In the middle order, skipper Sune Luus (29), Chloe Trianon (26) and Marijne Kapp (22) put up a tough fight against the Indian bowlers but none of the hosts’ batsmen could convert a good start into a big innings as they suffered a defeat. . India will take on West Indies in their second match on Monday.