Man of the Match: Lizelle Lee
South Africa Women’s challenge to put India on backfoot
India Women to win this game
India Women made a strong comeback in the 2nd match of the 5-match ODI series to defeat South Africa Women by 9 wickets in what was a one-sided game. They bowled out the visitors for 157 runs and chased down the total without breaking any sweat. This game would have increased confidence for the side and they would be looking to ride on the momentum and take a lead in the series.
South Africa Women have always struggled in India in the past and their old problem came back to haunt them in the last game. They aren’t best players of spin bowling and it will be interesting to see if they are able to turn around from here as India Women would be high on confidence in this game.
Mithali Raj would be relieved with the strong comeback her side made in the last game. Their performance was below par in the first game and this had raised alarm bells among their fans. The side has regained its confidence with a big win and the Indian skipper would be looking to continue with the good show in the next game and aim to take a lead.
Jemimah Rodrigues has missed out in both the games and needs to do well here. She would look to provide a good start in company of Smriti Mandhana who played a match winning knock in the last game. Punam Raut did well in the last game and adds strength to the middle order that has big names like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma are good batters and add strength to this line-up.
Jhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi destroyed the South African top order in the last game and shall look to do the same here. Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad made South Africans struggle to their old problem against spin bowling and the side would be expecting a similar show from them in this game as well.
Mithali Raj (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi
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 like to put behind her side’s poor show in the last game. It was an extremely poor show with the bat by the side as none of their batters managed to occupy the crease. Having surrendered the initiative to the hosts the South African skipper would like her side to come up with a spirited show in this game.
Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee had done well in the first game and the side would need similar efforts from them here. In the middle order Luus and Lara Goodall look in good form but the side would need the likes of Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez and Trisha Chetty to contribute down the order as they went out playing poor shots in the last game.
With the ball the side would be expecting good start from Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp as Indians have good stroke players at the top. Ayabonga Khaka bowled tight lines in the last game and similar show would be expected from her here. Nonkululeko Mlaba, Luus and Nadine de Klerk will need to bowl tight lines for their side to win here.
Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Trisha Chetty (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Anne Bosch, Lizelle Lee, Ayabonga Khaka, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||1.4 k/h||From: NE||2%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||1.01 k/h||From: S||48%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||3.3 k/h||From: ESE||75%|
|09h||37||0 mm.||2.15 k/h||From: WSW||77%|
|12h||34||0 mm.||3.61 k/h||From: W||88%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||6.37 k/h||From: WNW||100%|
|18h||28||0 mm.||4.93 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||5.79 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
There would be odd clouds over the skies in Lucknow on March 12 and batting would be challenging at the start of the game. Batters would need to mix caution with aggression during the game. The side batting first would be happy to reach a score of 250 runs on this surface.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow is a good venue for the bowlers as it offers assistance to both fast bowlers and spinners. The wicket is slow in nature and batting here is a challenge. Batters who rotate the strike have done well here in the past.
In both the games played so far in the series the sides chasing the score have gone on to win the games. The pitch is a tough one to bat on at the moment in the early overs of the game. Thus the side that wins the toss here would have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
South Africa Women had surprised everyone to take an early lead in the series but their last game’s performance has tilted the balance in the series away from them. Their batters would have to apply themselves in these conditions for the side to emerge winners in this game. India Women would be high on confidence after their good show in the last game and shall start favorites here.
India Women to win this game