Deepthi Sharma's fighting fifty went in vain as South Africa Women decimated India Women by a massive 115 runs in their women's cricket World Cup group match at Leicester on Saturday.
Chasing a massive 274 runs for a place in the semi-final, India eves collapsed in dramatic style as the Proteas ended the women in blue's four match winning streak.
India eves lost their opener Smriti Mandhana for just four runs on the board as Dane van Neikerk with a four-wicket haul ran through the Indian top-order.
Skipper Mithali Raj bagged a golden duck as middle-order batswoman Harmeet Kaur too departed for a duck leaving India eves in troubled waters. Although Deepthi dropped anchor she lacked support from the other end as India eves lost seven wickets for just 65 runs on board.
Deepthi and Jhulan Goswami (43*, 79b, 6*4) resisted the South African attack and could only delay the inevitable. Once South Africa broke the eighth wicket stand, they quickly marched towards an emphatic victory.
Earlier, half-centuries from Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk helped South Africa post a challenging 273/9.
Lee was the highest scorer for South Africa with a breezy 92 runs off 65 balls. Her knock, which included 10 boundaries and seven sixes, helped stabilise the innings following the early departure of fellow opener Laura Wolvaardt.
Lee subsequently posted a 91-run partnership with Trisha Chetty and a 42-run stand with Mignon du Preez to lay the foundation of a big total.
Lee was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well-deserved century when she was trapped leg before while attempting to smash a delivery from off-spinner Harmanpreet Kaur over mid-wicket.
Dane then took charge in the middle, scoring 57 runs in 66 balls with seven boundaries and a six.
She received good support from Chloe Tyron who scored 24 runs off 18 balls, hitting two sixes and a boundary along the way.
Pacer Shikha Pandey was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/40.