SURAT, India – A career-best spell of 4-3-8-3 from off-spinner Deepti Sharma helped India Women secure an 11-run win over South Africa at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat, India, on Tuesday.
In front of a raucous crowd, and defending a modest target of 131, Deepti held her nerve superbly, starting with three consecutive maidens, and conceding only eight runs in the pivotal penultimate over of the chase.
Though Mignon du Preez battled hard for her half-century to keep her side in the hunt, in the end, she was left with too much to do, with just two of her compatriots making it into double figures.
When she was stumped off the fourth ball of the 20th over, the Proteas were done for.
While Deepti was the star, Shikha Pandey also impressed, finishing with figures of 2/18 and conceding just one run off her final over.