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IND-W vs SA-W: The plan that foiled the visitor's run-chase

With 11-runs to win, South Africa was on course for a stunning victory.

IND-W vs SA-W: The plan that foiled the visitors run-chase
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Pooja Vastrakar defended 11-runs in the final over to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead in the series. (Photo credits: BCCI)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 20 Jun 2024 4:20 AM GMT

When India posted 325 in the second ODI against South Africa in Bangalore on Wednesday night, they were in the driver's seat.

But riding on the back of a stellar ton from Laura Wolvaardt, the visitors mounter a spirited run-chase. And with 11-runs required in the final over, the game was on a knife-edge.

India though, had a trick up it's sleeve.

Slower balls

Debutant pacer Arundhati Reddy has revealed that India's strategy in the final over was to use slower balls.

"The plan for the final over was to use slower balls," Arundhati told the media after the game.

"After Pooja bowled her first three balls, there was a message for her to try the slower one. She stuck to that, and that's how she got the wicket."

Vastrakar took the crucial wicket of Nadine de Klerk in the final over en route to defending 11-runs in the final over to restrict South Africa to 321 for six in reply to India's 325 for three.

WPL experience handy

Reddy herself bowled a tight 19th over. Despite De Klerk hitting her for a six, Reddy conceded just 12-runs to keep India ahead.

Riding on her Delhi Capitals experience from the Women's Premier League, the debutant appeared confident with the task at hand.

"I have been used to bowling those tough overs for DC in the WPL," she said.

"If you keep thinking about what went wrong, you will never be able to come back."

Despite South Africa lost three wickets early, Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp kept the visitors in the hunt.

"They both played quality shots," Reddy said.

"But what's more important is how you come back. We won the game in the end, and that is all that really matters to me," she concluded.

With this win at Bengaluru on Wednesday, India now has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

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