India women on Thursday outplayed South Africa by 5 wickets in the fifth T20I to take a 3-0 lead in the series, courtesy Player of the Match Harmanpreet Kaur.

After opting to bowl, India restricted South Africa to 98 for 8 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.

Radha Yadav returned figures of 3 for 23, whereas Deepti Sharma scalped 2 wickets for 19 runs.

Chasing a below-par target, skipper Harmanpreet’s 34 took India home with 5 wickets in hand. Meanwhile, South African pacer Shabnim Ismail returned figures of 2 for 19 but that could not restrict India from taking an unassailable lead of 3-0.

Talking about the series, after the second and third matches got washed out without a ball bowled, India bettered on their 1-0 lead taken in the first game to win the rain-affected fourth match which was shortened to 17 overs a side.

However, Indian eves kept their dominance unaffected even in the fifth encounter.

The two teams meet next on 4 October for the sixth and final T20I of the series.