India Women hunt for series leveling win in the 2nd ODI
India Women to win this game
South Africa Women have done well to take an early lead in the 5-match series against India Women. Few would have expected them to make such a strong start after their disastrous tour of India back in 2019 but this side played exceptionally well in first game to keep India Women to a small total and chased down the big score clinically in the end. They will look to carry forward this momentum into the next game.
India Women would take heart from the wonderful record they have enjoyed at home over the last few years where they have lost very few games. The side would be looking to make a strong comeback in this game. It will be interesting to see if South Africa is able to live up to the challenge as the Indians would be posing them on a turning track in the next game.
Mithali Raj would be terribly upset with the way her side batted in the last game. None of their top order batters could play according to the pace of the game and were restricted to 177 runs. The Indian skipper would want her side to put this loss behind and focus on coming up with a better show in the next game and level the series.
Openers Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana went out cheaply in the last game and they would need to stitch together a good partnership in this game. Punam Raut will have to do well at No. 3 after missing out. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur scored runs but they will have to increase their strike rate in this game. With Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma down the order the side has good batting to follow.
Jhulan Goswami looked at her best in the last game and he would have to strike early alongside Monica Patel. The side would however expect its three spinners Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad to trouble the South African batters who aren’t known to be the best players of spin bowling.
Mithali Raj (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Monica Patel, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Suné Luus would have been extremely impressed with the way her side played in the first game of the series. It was a perfect start for the side where they batted and bowled exceedingly well. Having taken an early lead in the series the South African Skipper would want her players to carry on with the same momentum and win the next game.
Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee stitched together a match winning stand in the last game and they would be hoping to repeat the same show here. The side has good strength in the middle order with Trisha Chetty, Luus and Lara Goodall in the side and they will have to play the Indian spinners well. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp add strength to this line-up down below.
Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp bowled tight lines in the last game and they would look for a similar start with the new ball. Ayabonga Khaka and Nonkululeko Mlaba didn’t allow the Indian batters to get going and they would carry this confidence into the next game. With Luus and Nadine de Klerk in the side they have good variety in the bowling attack.
Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail
Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||2.35 k/h||From: E||8%|
|03h||24||0 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: E||53%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||2.33 k/h||From: ENE||31%|
|09h||36||0 mm.||3.23 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|12h||34||0 mm.||2.73 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||1.08 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||1.26 k/h||From: NE||0%|
The skies would be clear over Lucknow on March 09 and we should see a hot and humid day as the game progresses into the afternoon. The pitch is expected to be a challenging one to bat on where batters would need to constantly adjust to the slowness of the surface. The side batting first would target a total of 250 to feel comfortable on this surface.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow balances it out between the batters and the bowlers. The wicket is slow in nature and this creates doubts in the minds of batters. Spinners have done well here and fast bowlers need to vary their pace to do well. Batters who are willing to play a waiting game have stood out.
The surface looked a tough one to bat on in the last game where the ball wasn’t easily coming to the bat. Setting up a total on this wicket would be a tough task and hence the side that wins the toss shouldn’t have any doubts in inviting the opponents to bat first on this surface.
South Africa Women were clinical in their first game but they cannot take India Women lightly in these conditions that suit the home side. They will have to play well against the Indian spinners to win this game. The hosts would like to treat the previous game as an aberration. They have their strengths with the bat and the ball and this would make them favorites in this game.
India Women to win this game