3 matches… 343 runs, Indian batsman created history, India won the ODI series 3-0

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India beat South Africa 3-0 in women's ODI series Smriti Mandhana scored 343 runs in 3 innings

New Delhi. On the basis of Smriti Mandhana's brilliant batting, India clean swept South Africa 3-0 in the 3-match ODI series. India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in the third and final ODI played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With this, Harmanpreet Kaur and company ended the series with a win. Smriti Mandhana dominated this series. Mandhana may have missed a century by 10 runs in the third ODI, but she played an important role in India's victory by scoring two consecutive centuries in the first two ODIs.

Smriti Mandhana missed out on scoring a century for the third consecutive match. She scored 90 runs in 83 balls with the help of 11 fours. After restricting South Africa to 215 runs for 8 wickets, India registered an easy win by scoring 220 runs for 4 wickets in 40.4 overs. Mandhana, who scored 117 and 136 runs in the last two matches, contributed to the team's victory by making three brilliant partnerships in this match. She shared a partnership of 61 runs in 71 balls with Shefali Verma (25) for the first wicket and 62 runs in 66 balls with Priya Punia (28) for the second wicket.

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Harmanpreet scored 42 runs
Mandhana shared a 48-run partnership in 47 balls for the third wicket with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (42). Harmanpreet hit two fours in her 48-ball innings. Despite captain Laura Wolvaardt's (61) aggressive half-century and a great start, South Africa failed to score big. Wolvaardt hit seven fours in her 57-ball innings and shared a 102-run partnership in 119 balls for the first wicket with Tajmin Brits (38). Brits hit two fours and a six in her 66-ball innings.

Mandhana missed her third consecutive century by 10 runs
While chasing the target, Mandhana and Shefali started cautiously. Mandhana, who was in great rhythm, opened her hands by hitting three fours against Nadine de Klerk in the sixth over. In the next over, Shefali hit a four against Ayobonga Khaka. This pair was becoming dangerous but in the 12th over, Tumi Sekhukune gave the team its first success by dismissing Shefali. Mandhana completed her half-century by hitting a four against Nondumiso Shenges in the 18th over. Poonia hit the first six of the Indian innings after hitting a four against this bowler. She returned to the pavilion after giving an easy catch on Khaka's ball. Poonia hit three fours and a six in her 40-ball innings. Mandhana was moving fast towards her third consecutive century by hitting some brilliant fours but in an attempt to play a sweep shot against Nonkululeko Mlaba, she got caught by Khaka standing at fine leg.

Richa Ghosh won the match by hitting a six
Harmanpreet and Jemima Rodrigues (19 not out) were about to complete the formalities of victory when the Indian captain was run out. Richa Ghosh hit a six to give the team victory.

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