The first round fixture of the ICC Women’s Championship has started today with the opening game between India and South Africa. Winner of this series will directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup. Starting two games will be played on 5 and 7 February while the final games will be played on 10 January. In the first game, Captain Mitali Raj won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian women’s were playing after six months of interval and this is the first women series, just after the winning ending of Sydney Sixers Women’s in Big Bash 2018. The winner of this Championship will get some additional points and will qualify for ICC 2021 Women World Cup New Zealand, and the other team will play Qualifiers match.
Partnership and Kapp-Khaka’s tight spell
Indian Batsman Poonam Raut and S.Mandhana starts the Indian innings and built a partnership of 55 runs, both the openers out by right-arm pacer Ayabonga Khaka. Captain Mithali Raj and Mandhana made a glorious partnership of 99 runs and set a high scoring platform for her team, but the team appears to be on exertion when they lost their three wickets by adding only five runs in their scoreboard. Middle-order batsman Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma fail to score some big runs for her team. Pace bowler khaka conceded 47 runs while her partner medium pacer Marizanne Kapp got 2 wickets and end her spell with two maidens.
South Africa Comeback in this game by screwing Indian batsman on a score of 213/7, in 50 Overs. bowlers conceded only 45 runs and got 4 wickets in the last 10 overs of Indian Innings. Skipper van Niekerk, who joined the squad after completing her first WBBL, said that she is happy with team’s performance, “team performed well, bowlers did not spend runs so easily, first, they made a pressure on India and then got wickets”.