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India beats South Africa

Melbourne: Opener Anjum Chopra scored a fine fifty, while left-arm spinner Sravanthi Krishnamurthy returned with a five-wicket haul to help India register a 23-run win over South Africa in an ICC Women’s World Cup warm-up match at Raby 1 on Tuesday.

Chopra, playing her fourth World Cup, scored a brisk 53 to help India to a modest 167 in 45.3 overs before Sravanthi returned with figures of 10-2-28-5 to bowl South Africa out for 144 with 16 balls to spare.

Chasing 168, South Africa started confidently, reaching 57 without loss in 17 overs but soon lost the plot completely, thanks to Priyanka Roy who broke the opening stand dismissing Trisha Chetty for 35 runs.

Sravanthi shines

The other opener Yolandi van der Westhuizen scored 28 runs, but could not hold the South African innings as it failed to counter the crafty spin bowling of 22-year-old Sravanthi. If it wasn’t for Mignon du Preez’s breezy 42 South Africa could have lost by a bigger margin. Earlier, Chopra, who hit four fours in a 107-ball knock, added 73 runs for the second wicket with former captain Mithali Raj who contributed 29. Chopra then put on 33 runs with M.D. Thirushkamini for the third wicket but once the stand was broken at 108, the rest of the Indian batting collapsed like a house of cards and was dismissed for 167 runs with still over four overs to spare.

South African pacer Shabnim Ismail stole the bowling honours, taking four for 35 while 15-year-old leg-spinner Dane van Niekrek bagged two for 32.Indian captain Jhulan Goswami was happy with her team making a winning start to the tour. — PTI

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