Marizanne Kapp in action. ©ICC

One track, two versions. South Africa were asked to bowl first in the final ODI. It was the first time the touring pacers were getting a first go with the ball at the Reliance Cricket Ground in Vadodara. Immediately Shabnim Ismail found Priya Punia’s edge that landed just short of first slip. Soon enough though, 

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South Africa’s practice session on Sunday (Oct.13). © Womens CricZone

At times, the way teams go about with their practise can tell you the feeling the camp. India’s session had an air of calmness around it. The players were going through their drills in a relaxed manner. Generally, players bat in pairs in a net session, giving a rough idea about where they are likely 

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Punam Raut raises her bat after reaching a milestone. ©ICC

In cricket, generally, ‘hunt in pairs’ is a phrase commonly used in relation to pace bowlers. But a glance at the statistics of the partnership between Punam Raut and Mithali Raj show that this batting pair takes down the opposition bowling together. Slowly and steadily. In the 27 ODI innings Raut and Mithali have batted 

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Marizanne Kapp returned to the international fold with a fighting half-century. © Getty Images

A glance at the batting card of South Africa from the first ODI will tell you that Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp got starts. Apart from Kapp, the others didn’t convert theirs into something big. But having watched the game, Trisha Chetty and Mignon du Preez – though the score against their names 

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Smriti Mandhana's (L) injury seems to have opened the door for Priya Punia's ODI beginning.

Smriti Mandhana had fractured her big toe on the right leg during practice on Sunday (October 6), which has ruled her out of the three-match ODI series against South Africa – the first of which starts on Wednesday (October 9). The extent of Mandhana’s injury is yet unknown. “There’s a bit of a mild fracture 

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Jhulan Goswami gets ready to bowl in the nets on the right as Mithali Raj takes knockdowns on the left. © Womens CricZone

“Bowled, Jhulu di!” Biju George, India’s fielding coach cheered, more than once, as he stood near the nets where Jhulan Goswami was bowling. The Indian fast bowler was going through her paces and was often seen discussing her seam position and wrist position with George as well as head coach WV Raman. In the adjacent 

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India after winning the T20I series against South Africa. © Lesego Pooe/Cricket South Africa

A new venue, some of the main players missing in action, some wet weather and an unprecedented action – the T20I series between India and South Africa had it all. Women’s CricZone looks at some of the major highlights of the series: 1. Spin to win South Africa were always going to be tested by spin. 

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South Africa will have to adapt better to spinning conditions in order to compete. © Cricket South Africa/Twitter

The moment Sune Luus missed an attempted sweep to be out LBW, you almost knew. Perhaps, Lizelle Lee’s hara-kiri in attempted a wild shot against Poonam Yadav asserted it. Probably Laura Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk’s partnership just delayed it. But you knew. The going so far for the Indian bowlers, especially spinners, has been 

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Hilton Moreeng, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur and WV Raman at the pre-series press conference. © Cricket South Africa/ Twitter

It was to be like any other series – teams play five T20Is, have a look at their team combinations keeping in mind the T20 World Cup next year. But this wasn’t any other series. Rain has lashed Surat, where the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium is located. Due to that, the second and the third T20Is 

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