Fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar ran riot with a career-best bowling display of 4/13 before Smriti Mandhana shone with the bat with an unbeaten half-century as India cruised to victory in the third and final Women’s T20 International. Defeated South Africa by 10 wickets to level the series at 1. -1 in Chennai on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Radha Yadav also helped India bowl out India for just 84 in 17.1 overs after opting to bowl with a brilliant 3/6 in his three overs. Chasing a small target of 85, India managed to get there without losing a wicket with 55 balls to spare and opening batsmen Mandhana and Shafali Verma not out on 54 and 27 respectively.

Mandhana scored the winning runs — a six off Nadine de Klerk — as India reached 88 for no loss in 10.5 overs. It was India’s biggest win against South Africa in this format, both in terms of wickets (10) and balls remaining (55).

Mandhana, who was at her best towards the end of the run chase, hit a six in the 10th over and followed it up with two fours and a maximum to end the contest quickly. It was his 24th T20 half-century.

The Indian opening pair played great cricket, managing 40 for no loss at the end of the Powerplay. Finished quickly.

In all, Mandhana hit eight fours and two sixes off 40 balls while Verma hit three fours off 25 balls.

South Africa won the first match by 12 runs before the second T20I was played on Saturday.

Earlier, only three South African batsmen managed to score in double figures, their top scorer being Tazmin Burts (20 off 23 balls).

Opening batsman Laura Willard (9 off 9 balls) and Burts could manage just 19 runs for the first wicket.

As Shreyanka Patil dismissed Villard in the fourth over, the duo of Britts and Marizan Cup (10 off 8 balls) added 11 runs for the second wicket.

Interestingly, the Indians used four different bowlers in the first four overs.

Cap fell in the fifth over, as she became Vastrakar’s 50th wicket in the format. South Africa were followed by the British with Deepti Sharma picking up her valuable wicket in the eighth over, as the scoreboard read 45 for three.

The same over saw Chloe Trayvon dropped by Deepti, as the poor fielding from the hosts continued for the third straight match.

Despite this, the visitors struggled to build a decent partnership, dominating with the bat in the last two outings.

They lost their next two wickets for 61 in the 11th over, with Vastrakar taking advantage of the wicket.

Halfway through the innings, it was clear that there wasn’t much for the batsmen on the track, which featured sharp bounce and slight turn.

Also, the rain in the city over the past two days had dampened the wicket, resulting in Vastrakar getting light swings from his medium pace, which actually troubled the South Africans.

Things then got worse for South Africa as they lost the remaining five wickets for just 23 runs.

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