4th ODI: Despite Punam's Century India Loses Series to South Africa

 - Sakshi Post

LUCKNOW: Despite Punam Raut's century and Harmanpreet Kaur's batting efforts the Indian women's team suffered a seven-wicket defeat  and lost to South Africa in the fourth ODI  and to concede the five-match series here on Sunday. Raut who was unbeaten at 104 while Harmanpreet smashed a half-century to power India to a 266 for four in 50 overs.

The South African team went all out  with opener Lizelle Lee at 69, skipper Laura Wolvaardt at 53, Mignon du Preez   with 61 and Lara Goodall was 59 not out. The South African team's half-centuries guided the team's win in the 4th ODI and to clinch the series.

They scored 269 for three in 48.4 overs to take a 3-1 lead in the five-match series.Bowlers Mansi Joshi (1/43), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/39), Harmanpreet Kaur (1/38) took one wicket each. The two sides will play the fifth and final ODI here on Wednesday.

Indian Captain Mithali Raj who is the leading run-scorer added another landmark to her name to became the first woman cricketer to score 7,000 runs in ODIs on Sunday during the fourth match against South Africa.She went past the 7,000-run mark during her partnership with Punam Raut in the ongoing fourth ODI in Lucknow.

During the previous game against South Africa, she also became the first Indian woman to score 10,000 runs in international cricket, and the second in the world.

Also Read: Women's Cricket: Mithali Raj First Indian Batter To Score 10K Runs

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