SA beat India in 3rd ODI to clinch series

Published: Friday, March 15, 2002, 21:17 [IST]
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Johannesburg: South Africa won the One-day series when it registered its second victory beating India by three wickets in the third One-dayer at Super Sports Park, Centurion on Wednesday.

The home team had won the second match on Sunday last, while first match was washed out. The rain God seems to be chasing India and like in the two earlier matches it caused interruptions twice when India was put into bat under bright sunlight. India made a disastrous start losing openers Anju Jain (0) and Amrita Shindhe (2), both bowled by Van Zyl and Brits respectively at the total of six. Mithali joined skipper Anjum Chopra, who has been struggling hard to find her form, and opened up from the word go. Both nursed the innings when the first interruption was caused at the total of 41 for two in 12.5 overs for one hour and 50 minutes and the overs were reduced from 50 to 32. Another spell of sharp showers forced further reduction of overs to 30 overs. Anjum and Mithali went full hog and put on 83 runs for the third wicket in 16 overs before Mithali, who made 39 runs including four boundaries of 65 balls in 81 minutes, was run out. Finding good support from Anrundhati Kirkire (12 not out), Anjum Chopra tamed the attack to remain unbeaten on 41, including two fours in 82 minutes off 113 balls when India consumed its allotted 30 overs scoring 111 runs for three wickets. Under Duckworth Lewis rules the home team was set a target of 137 runs in 30 overs and it achieved the target in the last ball of the innings losing seven wickets. India was holding the rival under check up to the 14th over when South Africa was way behind the target. But two useful partnerships put the home team on the road to victory. Opener Liang, who thrived on Anju Jain's dropped catch off Sunitha Singh, put on 38 valuable runs for the second wicket with Barnard. skipper Cindy Eksteen (36) and Terbelanche (13) added 39 runs for the fifth wicket. Neetu David was the pick of the bowlers capturing two for 17. India leaves for Cape Town on Thursday to play the fourth and final One-dayer on March 16.

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