India’s challenge to stay alive in the series
India Women to win this game
The balance has been constantly shifting in the 5-Match ODI series. After going down by a big margin in the second game South Africa Women bounced back in the last contest to take an important 2-1 lead in the series. This has pushed host India Women on the back foot and they will need to win this game to stay in the hunt for a series win.
India Women have had an impressive record at home in the last few years and they would be looking to draw inspiration from those wins and do well in this game. South Africa is playing spirited cricket on this tour and the hosts would have to bring out their best game. With both the teams matching up well on skills and strengths this game is expected to be an interesting one.
Mithali Raj would be unhappy with the way her players approached in the last game. It was complacency that led to their downfall as they failed to grab the opportunities that were up for grabs. As they battle for survival in the series Raj would want her players to come up with a spirited effort and level the series 2-2.
Jemimah Rodrigues needs to fire as her poor form at the top is hurting the side. She will need to stitch a good partnership with Smriti Mandhana who is doing well. In the middle order the side is enjoying good form with Punam Raut, Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur scoring runs. Down the order Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma have also done well so far in the series and the side would look for quick runs from them here.
Jhulan Goswami has been at her best so far in the series and the side would look for early wickets from her in this game. Mansi Joshi will need to provide her good support. The side would however expect better spells from the three spinners Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad who haven’t earned the rewards from the spin-friendly conditions as they were expected to.
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, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Laura Wolvaardt who stepped in to take charge of the side in absence of regular skipper Suné Luus who was ill would be proud with the effort of her girls. The side has pushed Indians back against the wall and shall look to capitalize on that. With Luus expected to make a comeback in the next game they look in good frame of mind.
Lizelle Lee has been in brilliant form so far in the series and hit a magnificent hundred in the last game. She would look to repeat the magic in the next game and put up a good stand with Wolvaardt. The middle order is packed with good hitters of the ball in Luus and Lara Goodall. With Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez and Anne Bosch down the order the side has good batting to follow.
The side would be expecting good efforts with the ball from Kapp and Shabnim Ismail who have bowled well in this game so far. Ayabonga Khaka and Tumi Sekhukhune had bowled well in last game and similar efforts would be expected from them here. Nondumiso Shangase and Luus add strength to this bowling attack.
Laura Wolvaardt (c), Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune
|M du Preez||37||46||2||1||80.43|
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||19||0 mm.||2.68 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||3.42 k/h||From: WNW||24%|
|06h||33||0 mm.||5.05 k/h||From: WNW||15%|
|09h||36||0 mm.||6.25 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||33||0 mm.||4.17 k/h||From: W||1%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||2.97 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||2.85 k/h||From: W||0%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||2.52 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
There would be clear skies over Lucknow on March 14 and we would have a good game on our hands. Batters would have to adjust to the pace of the wicket and play with caution against the new ball. It isn’t going to be a high scoring wicket and the side batting first would feel confident with a score of 250 on the board.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow balances it out between the batters and the bowlers. Batters who play the waiting game have done well here in the past. Fast bowlers are able to use the early conditions to their advantage and spinners do well when the pitch gets old and the ball starts taking sharp turn.
Three games in this series has gone in favor of sides that have batted second. The track is tricky to set a good score on as the ball doesn’t come on to the bat nicely in the early overs. Both the sides would be aware of this and the one winning the toss needs to opt for bowling first in this game.
South Africa Women would be excited to find themselves leading the series 2-1. They have batted well against India’s famed spin attack and this is something that would boost their confidence. They need to come up with another good effort to win the series. India Women are clearly on the back foot but the side still has home advantage and this would put them slightly ahead of South Africa in this game.
India Women to win this game