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Opening pair of Raj-Mandhana took India to victory in 2nd Womn’s T20 against South Africa

Mithali Raj is seeming to be too hot to handle for the South African as she hit her second successive fifty to take India to a comfortable 9-wicket victory against the Proteas in the second T20 at East London. She was aptly supported by young sensation Smriti Mandhana on the day when the men’s team grabbed the ODI series 5-1 in another part of the African nation.  The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team is now 2-0 up in the five-match series, having won the opening encounter by seven wickets.

Coming into bat first, the South Africa built their 142-run innings mainly depending on the partnership of Sune Luus and Nadine de Klerk. Luus made 33 and de Klerk made 26. For India, spinner duo of Poonam Yadav and Anuja Patil took 2 wickets each.

Chasing a modest 143, India cruised to victory in 19.1 overs losing the wicket of Mandhana. But before getting out, Mandhana hit a blistering 57 off 42 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. Her experienced partner, Mithali Raj was at her best as she anchored the innings with her 76*. She completed her 12th T20 half century in 48 balls. Raj was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for the second successive time. Raj and mandhana put a partnership of 106 runs.

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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