India and South Africa’s 3rd ODI witnessed rainy day today at Lucknow stadium; while South Africa women won the match by DLS method at the end of the day.
The studded innings by Punam Raut got wasted; she scored 77 runs in 108 balls with 11 boundaries, while India scored 248 for five in the allotted 50 overs. In reply, Lee struck a 131-ball unbeaten 132 before rain stopped play in the 47th over with South Africa 223 for 4, six runs ahead on the D/L par score.
For India, veteran pacer Julan Goswami (2/2O) was the pick of the bowlers while Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/39) and Deepti Sharma (1/39) picked a wicket each. This is India’s highest ever first innings total in a home ODI that has resulted in a defeat. India now trail the five-match series 1-2. The two teams will next meet on Sunday in the fourth ODI.
India women: 248 for 5 in 50 overs (Punam Raut 77, Deepti Sharma 36 not out Mithali Raj 36, Harmanpreet Kaur 36; Shabnim Ismail 2/46)
South Africa women: 223 for 4 in 46.3 overs (Lizelle Lee 132 not out ; Mignon du Preez 37; Julan Goswami (2/20).