India women defeat South Africa by 8 wickets in first ODI

VADODARA: India women thrashed South Africa by eight wickets in the first ODI to lead the three-match series 1-0 here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 165, India got off to a flyer as the team didn't lose any wicket in the first 20 overs.

Half-centuries from both the openers consolidated India's position in the chase. However, their resistance was cut short as Jemimah Rodrigues was caught in front of the stumps.

Punam Raut and Priya Punia built a 45-run partnership for the second wicket before Raut was scalped by Nadine de Klerk.

Punia then along with skipper Mithali Raj chased down the target with eight overs still left.

Earlier, Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp's knocks of 39 and 54 respectively allowed South Africa to post a score of 164/10 after opting to bat first.

Both the teams will now face each other at the same venue on October 11 in the second ODI.

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