Fans celebrate as Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma lead India to a whitewash over South Africa in the Women’s ODI series

Jun 23, 2024

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The Indian women’s cricket team cruised to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the third and final ODI at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday (June 23). Led by Smriti Mandhana‘s record-laden innings and Deepti Sharma‘s impressive bowling performance, India registered a series clean sweep. Mandhana’s commanding presence with the bat and Sharma’s crucial contributions highlighted India’s dominance throughout the match, underscoring their superiority in the series.

Match overview

India, having already secured the series, made strategic changes to their lineup for the final match. Priya Punia returned to international cricket in place of Dayalan Hemalatha, while Shreyanka Patil replaced Asha Sobhana. South Africa also made one change, bringing in Tumi Sekhukhune for Masabata Klaas.

South Africa’s batting effort and India’s restrictive bowling

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, South African captain Laura Wolvaardt continued her remarkable form, anchoring the innings with yet another fifty-plus score. Despite her efforts, the Indian bowling attack, led by the crafty spinner Deepti and the emerging talent Arundhati Reddy, struck at crucial intervals to stymie South Africa’s progress. Their disciplined bowling restricted South Africa to 215/8 in their allotted 50 overs, preventing them from accelerating in the later stages of the innings.

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Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur lead India’s chase

India’s response to the target was anchored by opener Mandhana, who had already showcased her prowess with two centuries earlier in the series. Mandhana played a pivotal role once again, crafting a fluent innings of 90 runs off just 83 deliveries. Her partnership with the experienced Harmanpreet Kaur, who contributed a steady 42 runs, provided the necessary stability to India’s chase. Together, they guided the team to achieve the target comfortably, with six wickets in hand and a significant 56 balls to spare, showcasing India’s depth and adaptability in their batting lineup.

Here’s how X reacted:

3-0. Well done girls 🙌#INDvSA

— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) June 23, 2024

1st odi -117(127)
2nd odi -136(120)
Final odi -90(83)
Three back to back good knocks by Queen Smriti Mandhana against SA.
Chinnaswamy seems to be lucky for her ❤️ pic.twitter.com/93D6Ye9ZIM

— Yashvi (@BreatheKohli) June 23, 2024

India complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI series with a 6 wicket win in the final game #INDWvSAW

— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) June 23, 2024

New milestone unlocked for the Queen. 👑

Smriti Mandhana becomes the highest run-getter ever in a 3-match Women’s ODI series. ❤️‍🔥

Take a bow, Skipper. 🙇‍♀️

📸: BCCI#PlayBold #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/2PL4qcoweT

— Royal Challengers Bengaluru (@RCBTweets) June 23, 2024

What a series it has been,from the 1st odi to the 3rd, good game by India.Keep the momentum going.Smriti, Harry, Arundhati, Asha, Deepti, Pooja, Shreyanka, Radha,actually everyone maybe except shifu has done their part in one match or the other or in 3…love this team🫶🏼#INDvSA

— Poulami Basu (@poulami2991) June 23, 2024

One of the all-time great bilateral series performances, that. Incredible from Mandhana over the last week.

— Habil Ahmed (@hblahmed) June 23, 2024

India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in the 3rd ODI 🏏#women #cricket #INDvSA #TeamIndia #CricketTwitter #WomenCricket pic.twitter.com/9SXGE2Mw0v

— WomenCricket.com (@WomenCricketHQ) June 23, 2024

🚨𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝘼𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙩! With 3️⃣4️⃣3️⃣ runs in the ongoing #INDvSA series, @mandhana_smriti now holds the record for 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝟑-𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐖𝐎𝐃𝐈 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🫡#AavaDe
[📸 ESPNCricinfo] pic.twitter.com/8f68eLVRQK

— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) June 23, 2024

March 2024: Richa Ghosh hits the winning runs to lift the #WPL title for RCB

June 2024: Richa Ghosh hits the winning runs to complete 3-0 win over SA

— Krithika (@krithika0808) June 23, 2024

Sune Luus of South Africa congratulated Smriti Mandhana for the fabulous series she had. 🇮🇳❤️

What a beautiful gesture by Luus 👏👏#SmritiMandhana #INDvSA #INDWvSAW pic.twitter.com/EO3XHaJHxn

— Saabir Zafar (@Saabir_Saabu01) June 23, 2024

#SmritiMandhana sensational once again as #India sweep the ODI series in Bengaluru 3-0 #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/nLcR4zvgoA

— Raj Paladi (@IamRajPaladi) June 23, 2024

Harman representing every #TeamIndia fan after this dominating 3-0 ODI series win! 💙#AaliRe #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/8J7izSA0TK

— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 23, 2024

This series yet again just underscores Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur’s importance yet again for India

When both of them get runs simultaneously, India very rarely lose#INDvSA

— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) June 23, 2024

RICHA FINISHES IT OFF WITH A SIX!! 3-0 it is !!! India win!!! #INDvSA

— Kartik O 🏏⚽🔗 (@KOCricket528) June 23, 2024

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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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