A massive scorecard blunder caused confusion over the result of a warm-up game between India and South Africa ahead of the Women's World Cup. The scorecard for the game was changed several times, and the outcome of the game was unknown.
Earlier, the scoreboard suggested that South Africa had defeated India by four wickets. However, a scorecard went viral on social media half an hour later, showing that India had won by two runs. The scorecard suggested that India had won the match by one run at one stage. The apex body's website eventually rectified the scoring, and India was declared the winners by two runs. South Africa needed eight runs to win in the last over but only scored five, allowing India to win by two runs.
In the first innings, it was Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur who did well for India. Batting together for the fourth wicket, they combined 84 runs in 94 balls. Kaur continued to bat after Bhatia fell to Luus. She scored 9 boundaries in the innings of 103. Bhatia scored 58 in 78 balls to help India post 244.
With 245 to chase, South Africa lost 2 wickets for a score of just 50 in 15 overs. Opener Laura Walvaardt and captain Sune Luss scored 75 and 94 respectively. Unfortunately, they did not get much support from any other batters. In the end, they fell just two runs short in the chase.
It was Rajeshwari Gayakwad who restricted them from scoring runs as she took four wickets in her spell. South Africa lost seven wickets in the game.
India will play their next warm-up game against West Indies on the 1st of March. They will begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on the 6th of March.