South African women overcome the national nemesis to defeat India


Touring South African teams generally do not do well against Spin, but not against Spin

It is rare for a South African team to deviate from a series in India and claim superiority. The men have won one of eight test rubbers, one of five bilateral ODI series and one of two T20 match-ups. Before Sunday, the women’s team had won one of two ODI series in India. Now, not only have they successfully won a second trophy, by the biggest lead any South African team has earned in India (4-1), but they’ve done it by overcoming a national nemesis: spin.

With 13 wickets against India’s weirdos in the five games with an average of 53.15 and a hit rate of 70.7 (one wicket per 11.5 overs spin), South Africa has the home tweakers in a series where they played bowling , the worst result exposed at least 100 overs and significantly worse than last time against South Africa. Then, in a three-game series in 2019, India’s weirdos took 18 wickets at 7:05 p.m., hitting all 5.2 overs and crushing South Africa with just 3.53 runs per over.

“Two years ago when we were on tour here, India destroyed us with their spin,” said captain Sune Luus. “But we had a Pakistan series before and we played in Durban which is subcontinental in its conditions. India gave us a lot of spin but we found ways to attack. We knew they would only throw a lot of overs. ” of spin on us and we were mentally ready for it. “

In January, South Africa hosted three ODIs and three T20s in Pakistan, all in Kingsmead. Against Nida Dar and Nashra Sandhu they won the ODIs 3-0 and the T20 2-1 and showed a good performance against the spinners. In the ODIs, 11 of 26 South African layoffs in the series came against spin and they scored 4.01 runs to the end. In the T20, they lost six of eleven wickets to spin, scoring on 1/6.

This preparation has proven invaluable in providing South Africa with much-needed gambling practice and the opportunity to develop the habit of winning.

South Africa won the first two ODIs against Pakistan by a narrow margin (three runs and 13 runs) and defended the grand total on both occasions. In this series, the results came closer after two one-sided games. South Africa faced both India and the weather in game three, recording their highest successful chase in game four, and sneaking home in a low-scoring thriller in the final.

Sune Luus’ undefeated fifty included five fours and two sixs Getty Images

After building a reputation for standing on the final hurdle in heartbreaking performances like the semifinals of the last fifty World Championships in Bristol or the semifinals of the T20 World Cup in Sydney last March, it seems like South Africa has found ways to to keep their nerves in tense situations. “The more games you play, the more you get into pressure situations that you have to get through. We were in enough pressure situations to find out where we can fight and where we can get better,” said Luus. “If you look at teams like Australia and England, they have played a lot of games and have been in a lot of semifinals and finals and they can handle the pressure. We have to get to the semis and work through that. We are a world class team that has worked hard for many years. We really want to be at the top of the world and compete with Australia and England. I think we are there. The more games you play, especially playing against teams like India, Australia and England, the more you can learn to deal with pressure. “

All of this would be ideal if the Women’s World Cup were held now as originally planned. Instead, it has been postponed to March 2022 and South Africa will want to keep this form for another 12 months. Luus believes they can do this by continuing to find similarities between the games they play now and major tournament situations. “When we look at the World Cup in New Zealand next year they have a high score and that is (like the fourth game) the kind of total that we are going to be tracking or setting. It has now been a good experience to achieve . ” Feel it and see how you can manage a chase when you start walking, if you hold back and if you just turn the blow, “said Luus.” All five games were different scenarios and that’s the experience we have for them World Cup will need. “

South Africa’s victory in India brings her to second place in the ODI ranking, her highest so far, with Lizelle Lee at the top of the batting cards, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp at third and fourth place on the bowling list and Kapp at the third highest all-rounder, their stocks are increasing. This series also featured some lesser-known players – Lara Goodall, Anneke Bosch, and Tumi Sekhukhune – suggesting that the talent pool is deep and South Africa has a lot to do.

“We are very happy to win the series in India. It is a very special achievement for our team. It is never easy to play here and take the series away from the Indian team like we did.” Said Luus. “We can go into the T20 series with a smile because our game, which is over 50 years old, goes very well together.”

Firdose Moonda is the ESPNcricinfo correspondent in South Africa

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