A maiden over is a rare feat in T20 cricket. However, Indian cricketer Deepti Sharma created a unique and historic feat in the Twenty20 International between India and South Africa as she not only bowled three maiden overs, but also three wickets in her four-over quota. This is the first time that an Indian cricketer has bowled as many maidens in a T20I match.
South Africa were chasing a modest total of 130 on a tricky pitch in Surat’s Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, but Sharma’s efforts ensured India continued to build momentum for the World T20 which ultimately led India to a 11-run victory. Deepti Sharma gave away runs only off the 19th ball that she bowled in the match. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored 43 for the hosts as they batted first. Apart from Deepti’s three-wicket haul, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav got two wickets each while Harmanpreet got one.
The second match of the five-game series will be played on September 26. After the end of the five-match series, the teams will play three ODIs in Vadodara.