India eves aim twin glory
Johannesburg: The Indian women are on the cusp of setting a rare benchmark for their male counterparts as they eye a maiden double series win on South African soil when they take on the hosts in the third Twenty20 International here on Sunday.
Having won the three-match ODI series 2-1, India are currently leading the five-match T20 series 2-0.
A victory on Sunday will not only ensure an unassailable lead 3-0 lead but also make Harmanpreet Kaur's team first among equals to have won two series on a single tour of South Africa.
A win will also mean that the women's team have now won T20 series in both Australia and South Africa.
With the men's team also starting their T20 campaign at the same venue after the women's match, the onus will be on the Smriti Mandhanas and Mithali Rajs to set the bar high for Virat Kohli's team.
The added incentive is that the series will be telecast live before the men's matches.
The women have so far put up a near flawless show in both the T20 encounters, winning by seven and nine wickets respectively.
Veteran Raj, who no longer leads the side in the shortest format, has displayed her wealth of experience with successive half-centuries, bagging 'Player of the Match' on both occasions.