Everyone makes mistakes and so did the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday. The global cricket governing body made a blunder in fact. It declared the wrong winner in the World Cup warm-up game between India and South Africa. ICC first declared that South Africa won the game but later it updated the scorecard, showing India as winners.
Due to a continuous change in the scorecard of the fixture, the outcome also got affected. Earlier, the scorecard suggested that South Africa have won the game by four wickets. However, half an hour later, a scorecard started doing rounds on social media suggesting that India won the game by two runs. ICC also confirmed India as winners sometime later.
It updated the scorecard, and eventually, showed how India actually won the match by two runs. South Africa needed eight runs to win in the final over, but they managed to score just five, and in the end, India won the contest by 2 runs. But interestingly, at one point, the scorecard also suggested that India won the contest by one run.
Here is how ICC's website changed the eventual result:
[caption id="attachment_86205" align="alignnone" width="600"] Initially, the ICC declared South Africa as the winner. (Screengrab: ICC)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_86206" align="alignnone" width="600"] Later, the World Cricket governing body updated the result and declared India as the winner. (Screengrab: ICC)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_86207" align="alignnone" width="600"] At one point, ICC also showed India winning by a run. (Screengrab: ICC)[/caption]
Harmanpreet Kaur shines, Mandhana gets hit on head
With all sorts of confusion, India were finally declared the winners and Harmanpreet was the star for the Women in Blue. The swashbuckling batter scored 114 off 119 balls with the help of 11 boundaries. After struggling throughout the New Zealand series, Kaur rediscovered herself in the last match of the series and continued the momentum to the warm-up game as well.
Apart from Kaur, Yastika Bhatia and Rajeshwari Gaikwad also played crucial roles in India's victory. Bhatia scored a well-paced half-century 58 off 78 balls with the shelf of four boundaries and a six. This allowed India to post a good total (244/9) on the board. In bowling, Gaikwad claimed four wickets to derail South Africa's run chase. The left-arm spinner gave only 46 runs from her ten overs.
Meanwhile, India opener Smriti Mandhana got hit on the helmet and had to walk off the field retired hurt. The left-handed batter scored 12 off 23 before walking off the field.