A lack of strong opening partnerships for India in the Women’s World Cup has become a worrying sign for the team as they succemed to the spirited South African Women as first taste of failure in the tournament. With the competetion growing more competetive and the tournament growing more professional with global exposure and media coverage like never seen before, a strong start is the needof of hour considering the brittle middle order and lac of strong stroke players in the middle line up. India’s openers Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana scored 22 and 4 respectively as their partnership was broken in the second over of the chase. Since their dominating partnership of 144 in the first match against England, India’s openers have produced stands of 0 against West Indies, 7 against Pakistan and 21 against Sri Lanka. The bowlers have done a decent job of holding in the middle overs and defending any totals their batters have given. India, placed second with eight points, will face Australia and New Zealand in the remaining matches while South Africa, placed fourth with seven points, will take on Sri Lanka and Australia.