The India women's team scripted history on Saturday when they beat South Africa women by 54 runs in the fifth and final T20I to register a double series win on the South African tour. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side displayed an all-round performance as they outclassed the Dane van Niekerk-led team, bowling them out for 112 to lift the T20 series trophy by a margin of 3-1 in the five-match series. India, sent into bat, lost opener Smriti Mandhana cheaply for 13 as she tried to go for a six. However, veteran player Mithali Raj and youngster Jemimah Rodrigues steadied the Indian side with patient and skillful batting. The pair kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles with an odd boundary every now and then.
Highlights Between India women vs South Africa 5th T20I, straight from Cape Town
19:40 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog. Do tune back in when India men's take on South Africa men's for the final T20I match.
19:38 IST: And India win the 5-match T20I series 3-1. What a magnificent performance by the Indian women's team. India 166/4 beat South Africa 112 all-out by 54 runs.
19:32 IST: OUT! 17-year-old Rodrigues pulled off a blinder at the boundary to send Marizanne Kapp packing. What a catch by the youngster. South Africa staring at defeat.
19:22 IST: OUT! Shabnim Ismail danced down the wicket, missed the ball and the keeper whipped off the bails in a flash. South Africa lose their seventh.
19:10 IST: OUT! Chloe Tryon departs for 25 as Rajeshwari Gayakwad picks her first.
19:05 IST: South Africa 68/5 in 11 overs.
5th T20I: SA - 56/5 (Tryon 13*, Kapp 1*) after 10 overs vs Ind - 166/4 #SAvIND— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
18:57 IST: OUT! Two in an over for Shikha Pandey. India edging closer to victory.
18:52 IST: OUT! Shikha Pandey gets her second, du Preez departs for 17. South Africa four down.
18:40 IST: OUT! Rumeli Dhar gets her second, Lizelle Lee departs for 3. South Africa 20/3 in 5.4 overs.
18:36 IST: OUT! Shikha Pandey castles Sune Luus for 5. India are on top now.
5th T20I: Luus bowled by Pandey off the last ball of the 5th over.— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
SA - 18/2 (Lee 2*) after 5 overs vs Ind - 166/4 #SAvIND
18:30 IST: OUT! Rumeli Dhar gets the first wicket, captain Dane van Niekerk departs for 10. South Africa women 12/1 in 3.4 overs.
WICKET. Dane van Niekerk is the first SA wicket to fall, caught by Pandey off Dhar for 10. SA wmn 12/1 (3.4 ovs), need 155 to win. #SAvIND— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 24, 2018
18:22 IST: India have bowled brilliantly in the first two overs. South Africa 3/0 in 2 overs.
18:20 IST: India women start with a maiden over. South Africa women require 167 runs to win.
18:05 IST: India 166/4 (Mithali 62, Rodrigues 44) vs South Africa women at Cape Town.
18:00 IST: SIX! Harmanpreet starts the last over with a huge maximum straight down the ground.
17:55 IST: Two overs to go, India 142/3. Harmranpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy are out in the middle.
17:50 IST: OUT! Rodrigues trying to deposit the low full toss in the stands, miscues and Khaka takes a good catch. India 134/3 in 16.5 overs.
Jemimah Rodrigues (44) @ 17 years 172 days missed becoming the second youngest to register a 50 in a women T20I match!— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 24, 2018
Youngest: 17 yrs 16 days by West Indian Stafanie Taylor during her 90 vs Ireland at Dublin in 2008#SAvInd
17:45 IST: OUT! Trying to run the ball down the third-man, Mithali edges the ball back to the keeper. Ismail breaks the 98-run partnership. India 130/2 in 15.5 overs.
17:40 IST: FIFTY! Mithali Raj scores her 13th T20I fifty. India women 109/1 in 14.5 overs.
17:36 IST: Score update:
17:31 IST: SIX! Jemimah dances down the tracks and clobbers Ntozakhe for a huge maximum.
17:27 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodrigues in the 12th over
17:23 IST: India women 71/1 after 10 over vs South Africa women
5th T20I: Ind - 71/1 (Mithali Raj 34*, Rodrigues 13*) after 10 overs #SAvIND— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
17:13 IST: India 46/1 in 7 seven overs vs South Africa. Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodrigues are out in the middle.
17:00 IST: OUT! Smriti Mandhana goes for the big shot, miscues and Klass takes a blinder. India 32/1 in 4.2 overs.
16:45 IST: India 4/0 after the first over.
16:43 IST: Four! Kapp strays on the leg side and the ball brushes Mithali's pads and runs away for a boundary.
16:42 IST: The game starts. Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana are opening for India. Marizanne Kapp is opening the bowling for South Africa.
16:35 IST: Good news, the covers are coming off and we hope to have a full game.
16:24 IST: South Africa women playing XI:
SA XI: D van Niekerk (c), Lee, Luus, M du Preez, de Lerk, Tryon, Kapp, Ismail, Klaas, Khaka, Ntozakhe— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
16:20 IST: India women playing XI:
Ind XI: Harmanpreet (C), Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Krishnamurthy, Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Rodrigues, Dhar, Vastrakar, Bhatia (W), Poonam Yadav— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
16:07 IST: And the rain is here, covers are on.
5th T20I: Rain delays start of play in Cape Town #SAvIND— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018
16:05 IST: South Africa women win the toss and have elected to field vs India at Cape Town.
16:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the women's 5th T20I match straight from Cape Town.
Apart from Mithali, opener, Smriti Mandhana has also provided her team with a solid start with the scores of 28, 57, 37 in the first three matches. While captain Harmanpreet Kaur hasn't been impressive with the bat so far in the tour except for her 48 off 30 balls in the third T20, she will have to display her A-game if the top batting-order fails to score any runs.