Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj shared an unbeaten 127-run stand as India women steamrolled South Africa by 8 wickets in the final of the Quadrangular Series, in Potchefstroom on Sunday. Veteran Jhulan Goswami starred with the ball with 3 wickets, helping India dismiss South Africa for a paltry 156 in 40.2 overs.
Raut (70 off 92 ) and Raj (62 off 79) then delivered with the bat, taking their team to a comfortable win in 33 overs after a rather jittery start to the chase.
The win got sweeter considering India had lost to South Africa in the league stage once en route the final.The other teams in the tournament were Zimbabwe and Ireland.
Captain Mithali Raj not only guided the team to a resounding win but also became the first Indian captain to lead the side in 100 ODIs. The tournament also turned out to be good preparation for India ahead of the World Cup, which begins in the UK next month.
Both Raut and Raj displayed top form throughout the tournament. Raut had scored an unbeaten 109 against Ireland while Raj came to the final after scoring two half-centuries.
Chasing a modest target, India lost opener Deepti Sharma and Mona Meshram cheaply before Raut and Raj completed the job in a clinical fashion.
Brief scores: South Africa 156 all out in 40.2 overs (Luus 55; Goswami 3/22). India 160/2 in 33 overs (Poonam Raut 70 not out, Mithali Raj 62 not out).