India’s middle-order collapsed after a fiery start as South Africa won the third Twenty20 International by five wickets to keep the five-match series alive. Indian women, eyeing their maiden T20I series win in South Africa after winning the first two matches, collapsed to 133 in 17.5 overs after being placed at a solid 93 for two in the 12th over. South Africa’s top-order came out firing and overhauled the target with one over to spare. They lost Lizelle Lee (5) early before skipper Dane van Niekerk (26 off 20) and Sune Luus (41 off 34) steadied the ship. Later, Luus and Mignon du Preez (20) raised a 50-run stand for the third wicket.
Brief Scores: India women 133 in 17.5 overs (S Mandhana 37, H Kaur 48, V Krishnamurthy 23; S Ismail 5-30) lost to SA women 134 for 5 in 19 overs (D van Niekerk 26, S Luus 41, M du Preez 20, C Tryon 34; P Vastrakar 2-21).