Mignon du Preez: Dominating the ODI Series Cricket Scene
Mignon du Preez, a South African cricketer, has proven her mettle on numerous occasions, showcasing her exceptional talent and contributing significantly to the success of her team. Her prowess as a batter and her leadership qualities have catapulted her to the forefront of women's cricket.
South Africa then chased down the target in 48.2 overs, with half-centuries from Anneke Bosch (58) and Mignon du Preez (50). (57). India added salt to the wounds by winning the series 4-1 with a low-scoring fifth and final women's ODI victory over the hosts on Wednesday.
India's return to international cricket after a year was marked by this series. They were naturally rusty to begin with, and by the end of the series, it seemed that they already have a lot of work to do if they want early next year, they expect to be World Cup title challengers. Mithali Raj scored a captain's knock of 79 not out for India, but they were only able to cross 188 all out.
As India's traditional force, spinners, struggled against South Africa, batting needs to change, and bowling issues must be resolved. The visitors' chase was derailed when their top three batters, including skipper Sune Luus (10) were dismissed for just 27 runs. With a 96-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Du Preez (57) and Bosch (58) consolidated South Africa's run chase before Indian bowlers pulled things down, dismissing both the set batters in quick succession.
South Africa were 131 for five at the time, needing 58 runs in 13 overs to score. Although Bosch's innings contained eight fours and was completed in 70 deliveries, du Preez was a little slower, taking 10 balls to complete her innings and hitting just four boundaries. However, Marizanne Kapp (36 not out) and Nadine de Klerk (19 not out) ensured that there were no further hiccups as they shared an unbeaten 58 runs for the sixth wicket to help South Africa to victory.
Mithali had earlier directed India's innings after the team had lost three early wickets, with the score at 53 in the 13th over. She shared 71 runs for the fourth wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur (30), who retired hurt due to an illness, before the latter left the field in the 31st over. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, a left-arm spinner for India, took three wickets in ten overs, conceding just 13 runs. Priya Punia (18) was the first Indian batswoman to leave, followed by Punam Raut (10) and Smriti Mandhana (18) in quick succession.
Mithali scored her second fifty of the series and 55th overall in 78 balls in the 38th over, despite Dayalan Hemalatha (2) and Sushma Verma (0) failing to provide the much-needed support. She held India's innings running single-handedly, despite the participation of Jhulan Goswami (5) and Monica Patel (9) who didn't bother the scorers much.
India were reduced to 176 for eight by the end of the 47th over, with debutant Challuru Prathyusha (2) failing to make an impression. Proceeded to lose wickets at regular intervals, finally being bowled out in 49.3 overs, leaving Mithali with one hand trapped. De Klerk, a medium-pacer, was South Africa's best bowler, with figures of three for 35.