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India women beat SA by eight wickets, win quadrangular cricket series

Indian women’s cricket team warmed up ahead of next month’s World Cup in England by winning the quandrangular tournament in South Africa with an easy win over the hosts in the final at Potchefstroom.

cricket Updated: May 21, 2017 21:48 IST
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Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut shared an unbeaten 127-run partnership for the third wicket to help India women cricket team beat South Africa women cricket team in the quadrangular series final on Sunday. (Getty Images)

India capped their brilliant run to clinch the women’s quadrangular cricket series on Sunday by defeating hosts South Africa by eight wickets in the final played at Potchefstroom.

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India warmed up in great fashion ahead of next month’s World Cup, to be played in England, finishing the tournament with a 7-1 win-loss record, the only reverse having come against the hosts at the fag end of the league phase.

In the final, India dismissed South Africa for 156 and then chased down the target in 33 overs, reaching 160 for two. Poonam Raut was unbeaten on 70 and skipper Mithali Raj was 62 not out.

Pacer Jhulan Goswami, who holds the record for most ODI wickets, claimed three for 22 and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took 3/32 to wrap up South Africa’s innings in 40.2 overs.

Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj gave another exhibition of India’s strong batting effort in this series, sharing in an unbeaten 127-run partnership for the third wicket.

Zimbabwe and Ireland are the other two teams in the tournament.

First Published: May 21, 2017 21:40 IST