Asha wreaked havoc in her debut match, Mandhana scored a century, India took the lead by crushing South Africa

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Amidst the ICC T20 World Cup, the Indian women's team has given fans another reason to celebrate. Star opener Smriti Mandhana's century in difficult times and Asha's deadly bowling on debut helped India crush South Africa in the first ODI of the three-match series. Batting first, Team India scored 265 runs for 8 wickets, in response to which the Proteas team could only score 122 runs. With a big win of 143 runs, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the series.

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The Indian team has made a great start to the three-match ODI series against South Africa. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to bat first but the South African bowlers proved her wrong. Half the team returned to the pavilion within 100 runs. India lost the wickets of Shefali Verma, Hemalata, captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemima Rodrigues and Richa Ghosh at 99 runs.

Smriti Mandhana's powerful century
On one end, the Indian team's batsmen were losing their wickets, while on the other side, star opener Smriti Mandhana was seen giving a tough challenge to the bowlers. She completed her half-century by hitting 6 fours in 61 balls. After this, she scored a century by playing 116 balls with the help of 10 fours and 1 six. This was the sixth century of this star in ODI. Smriti was out after playing an innings of 117 runs in 127 balls, but by then India had reached a big score.

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