The absence of power-hitters has been Indian women’s bane for the longest time and the eves would expect all-rounder Deepti Sharma and wicketkeeper-batter Sushma Verma to up the ante at the back-end during the fourth ODI against South Africa on Sunday.

Blown away in the series-opener, India had bounced back in style in the second ODI but Mithali Raj’s side couldn’t go the distance in the third game, going down narrowly by six runs via D/L method.

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The host was outclassed by an unbeaten 131-ball 132 by opener Lizelle Lee, who anchored South Africa’s run-chase with consummate ease after India had posted a competitive 248 for 5.

Despite going strong at one stage, India couldn’t step up the rate with the team managing just 27 runs in the last 30 balls following the dismissal of vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and this…

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