A game where South Africa Women would target a face-saving win!
India Women to win this game!
It is the last match of the long tour for South Africa Women and the visitors would be looking for a face-saving win. They have already lost the three-match ODI series 0-2 and would be looking to salvage some pride with a win in the next game.
India Women, on the other hand, would be looking to end the remarkable series on a high. They have outplayed their opponents in all departments of the game and would look to continue with the same form and success in the next game. South Africa Women are currently suffering a confidence issue against the Indians. This was reflected well in the last game where they threw away the game in the latter stage after having put the Indian team under pressure for some time. The side would have to show its character in the next game against a quality spin attack that the Indians have to overcome the challenge and win the game.
Mithali Raj would have been impressed with the performance of her girls and winning the three-match series with one more to go. It was a clinical chase by the side where they chased down a large score easily in the end. The side has already exploited the vulnerabilities of the visitors and would look to do the same in the next game. Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues struggled a bit in the last game and were unable to convert their starts into big scores after playing well in the first game. Punam Raut and Mithali Raj came to the party hitting half-centuries.
Harmanpreet Kaur took the side to victory with a good knock. Deepti Sharma and Taniya Bhatia make the batting line-up strong for the side. Shikha Pandey and Ekta Bisth bowled well in the last game and never allowed the South African batters to settle. Jhulan Goswami was expensive by her standards but will look to do well in the next game. With Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav bowling economical spells, the team would count its chances in the next game.
Mithali Raj (c), Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav
Taniya Bhatia, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Suné Luus perhaps has no clue on how to defeat the hosts in the series. Her batters did well in the last game after failing in most games on this tour. But the bowlers failed to deliver towards the end of the innings. Having had a bad tour Luus would look up to her girls to show some character as they play the last game before flying home. Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee did well with the bat in the last game putting up a big partnership.
Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, and Lara Goodall also batted well in the last game. The batters will need to accelerate the scoring rate in the next game as in the last one they were behind the mark on a flat surface. The batting has failed the side on most occasions in this tour and they will need to deliver in the upcoming game.
Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp bowled well in the second game and have looked the best bowlers for the side in the series so far. Other bowlers will have to provide this pair with good support as they play the final game. Luus along with Ayabonga Khaka and Tumi Sekhukhune need to bowl well in the next game.
Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune, Ayabonga Khaka
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Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Ayabonga Khaka, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez
It is expected to be hot and humid at Vadodra on October 14 and the clear skies would make the conditions perfect for batting. The ball isn’t expected to move around much and the batters would be able to hit through the line. The side batting first would need to score around 300 runs to feel comfortable on this surface.
The pitch at Reliance Stadium Vadodra is a great wicket to bat on where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. Stroke makers have done well at this venue. The fast outfield at the venue aids them. Fast bowlers don’t have the best of records at this venue but the spinners have done well here in the second innings.
The wicket has looked good one to bat on in both the games that have been played so far and is expected to remain the same in the next game. Spinners would do well in the second innings when the ball starts to turn. The side winning the toss would definitely want to bat first on this surface.
It has been a miserable tour for South Africa Women on most counts. Not only have they lost most of the games but they have been beaten comprehensively by India Women. The next game presents the side with a good opportunity to make the most out of all the missed opportunities and end the season on a high. India Women would be looking to make a perfect end to the season and finish the ODI series 3-0. The home side is riding on the form of its batters and well as bowlers and this will make them favorites in the upcoming game.
India Women to win this game!