India eye historic lead against injury-hit Proteas

SA handed heavy and embarrassing nine wickets defeat by India

On Monday, the Women in Blue showcased a brilliant performance to outshine hosts, Proteas women, by 88 runs in the first ODI of the ICC Women's Championship.

"Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI on Sunday and felt severe pain and discomfort".

Ayabonga Khaka (2-47) provided the initial breakthrough for South Africa when she had Raut caught but Mandhana and Mithali Raj (45) struck together for a decisive 99 run stand for the second wicket, Mandhana went on to complete a quickfire half-century as India were placed comfortably at 154 for one in the 36th over. Both the Indian men and women cricket teams are playing a One-Day International series in South Africa.

Leggie Chahal and chinaman Yadav have wreaked havoc in the series, picking 13 wickets in the first two matches.

SA handed heavy and embarrassing nine wickets defeat by India
India triumph after 'ridiculous' delay

India's spin bowlers have dominated the series thus far and given the visitors a real chance of winning their maiden ODI series on South African soil. They have particularly been very effective in denying South Africa the opportunity to build partnerships, especially upfront. India has lost two of three matches against South Africa here and one has won.

Stand-in captain Aiden Markram and batting coach Dale Benkenstein have openly said that understanding Kuldeep and Chahal will take time as they bring in an element of newness.

South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock's enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise.

And the list has only grown with Quinton de Kock (left wrist injury) ruled out before the third ODI. He has not crossed fifty once in eight innings across all formats. De Kock will require two to four weeks to recover, which could put his participation in the Test series against Australia, which begins on March 1, in doubt. While South Africa shot into a 2-0 lead, the visitors had to chop and change repeatedly to find a plausible combination throughout the prior series. Television replays showed the ball to be turning past his leg-stump.



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