India is yet to cement their place in the semis as the women in blue have been dangling with inconsistent performance in the past matches. However, the match against South Africa is a must-win and Smirti Mandhana has stepped up at the occasion. Smriti Mandhana’s fine 71, dropped by Masabata Klaas, showed her pure class while accelerating the Indian total to a good position. India will be hopeful for settled Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to deliver the final punch before hoping onto chances of bowling out South Africa in a race to semis.
India powered to a strong position, credit to the partnership by Shafali Verma’s (53), and Smriti Mandhana’s (71) against South Africa.