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A quickfire by Mithali Raj guided India to their T20 victory against South Africa

Mithali Raj played a strokeful innings of 54* to lead India to a 7-wicket victory in the first of the 5-match T20 series against South Africa. India had already won the ODI series 2-1 and is dominant in the series.

Coming into bat, South Africa posted a respectful total of 164/4. Anuja Patil grabbed two wickets for four runs while Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar took one each. For India, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami has to withdraw from the entire series due to a heel injury.

India was comfortable in chasing the total from the beginning. Mithali opened the batting order and had a crucial 69-run partnership for the third wicket with debutant Jemimah Rodrigues. Rodrigues hit 4 boundaries and a six for her 37. After her departure, the skipper added 52 runs with Veda Krishnamurthy who remained not out at 37  when India down a target of 165 with seven balls to spare. Veda hit 3 boundaries and 3 over boundaries in her 22-ball innings. 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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