ICC World Cup Qualifier finals: Harmanpreet Kaur heroics helps Indian eves win
Colombo : It was last ball thriller for Harmanpreet Kaur to seal the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier Finals against South Africa at P Sara Oval.
Needing nine off six balls, Indian women were staring at defeat when they lost Poonam Yadav in the first delivery but Harmanpreet blasted a much needed six on 5th ball and sealed the win with a couple of runs in the last ball of the over.
Chasing 245 to win, Opener Mona Meshram with 59 runs and Deepti Sharma scoring 71 runs were the star players for India as they added 122-run innings for the first wicket to lay the foundation for the runchase.
Earlier, Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed three wickets in her nine overs, while S Pandey took two wickets to help India bowl out South Africa for 244 in 49.4 overs.
M du Preez (40) was the top-scorer for South Africa women, while van Niekerk (37) and L Lee (37) got starts but failed to consolidate into big scores.
Already assured of a place in this year’s Women’s World Cup, India continued their invincible run at the tournament after overhauling the target in the last over.
The BCCI congratulated the Indian Women’s Cricket Team for winning the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, in Sri Lanka.