New Delhi: After losing the first two matches, South Africa Women defeated India by five wickets in the third women’s T20 International encounter at the New Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Shabnim Ismail was wrecker-in-chief as she scalped a five-wicket haul. After being asked to bat first, India posted a modest target of 134 for South Africa, which the hosts achieved with an over to spare to keep the five-match series alive. Also Read - When Shami's Ball in the Nets Left Smriti Mandhana Swollen For 10 Days

For India, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with 48 as Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy struck 37 and 23 respectively. Also Read - Smriti Mandhana-Jemimah Rodrigues Jamming Together During Coronavirus Lockdown | WATCH VIDEO

Ismail claimed five wickets and was adjudged Player of the Match for a magnificent bowling performance, while Masabata Klaas picked two. Also Read - Workouts to Sleeping And Playing Ludo: Smriti Mandhana Reveals Coronavirus Lockdown Activities | WATCH VIDEO

For South Africa, Dane van Niekerk and Sune Luus provided a solid start after opener Lizelle Lee was removed for five.

Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon hit 20 and 34 respectively as South Africa registered their first win in the series.

Pooja Vastrakar removed two South African wickets as Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav chipped in with one apiece. India are still leading the series 2-1 and will look to seal it when they meet Proteas women on February 21.

(With ANI inputs)