India Women’s hunt for face saving win in the last ODI
India Women to win this game!
South Africa Women would be proud of their efforts in this series. They come here with a convincing 7-wicket win in the fourth game and have taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. The hosts have been completely outplayed in most of the games as they have failed to make use of the home advantage.
The South African side wasn’t quite expected to win the series and definitely not by the 4th game. But they have done it in style and completely outplayed the Indians in the three games they have won. The hosts have been at the receiving end in most of the games and it would be interesting to see if they are able to end it on a face saving note in this game.
Mithali Raj would be upset with the show her bowlers have put up in the series so far. They were expected to trouble South Africans in these conditions but they have failed miserably so far in the series as they went down by 7 wickets in the last game. With the series already lost Raj would be looking for a face saving win ahead of the T20 series.
The opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punai will need to offer a good start. Indians have lost early wickets in all the games and can’t afford this here. The middle order is in great form with Punam Raut, Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur all having scored runs in the series. They would be expecting runs from Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma down the order in this game.
It is their bowling attack that will need to stand up to the onslaught of the South African batters. With Jhulan Goswami not there in the side this attack looks weak. Mansi Joshi needs to pick early wickets in this game. The spin trio of Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad haven’t lived up to the expectations so far and shall look to end the series on a high.
Mithali Raj (c), Priya Punia, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Radha Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Smriti Mandhana, Monica Patel, Jhulan Goswami, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Priya Punia, Challuru Prathyusha, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Laura Wolvaardt who is leading in absence of Suné Luus has done well to guide her side to a historic series win in India. It was a good exhibition with the bat from the side in the last game as they went past the finishing line in style in the last game. A 4-1 win would be magnificent for the side and that’s what the skipper would be aiming for.
Lizelle Lee and Wolvaardt have been brilliant so far in the series and the side would be looking for another impressive start from them in this game. Their middle order is also rock solid with Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp having runs behind their backs. Anne Bosch and Sinalo Jafta can hit the ball hard and they would be expected to do the hitting towards the end of the game.
Their bowling attack has impressed on this tour. Kapp and Shabnim Ismail have given good starts to their side and they would look to continue with the same form. Ayabonga Khaka and Tumi Sekhukhune are doing well in the middle overs and the side would be expecting tight spells from them in this game.
Laura Wolvaardt (c), Lizelle Lee, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Anne Bosch, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune
|M du Preez||61||55||8||1||110.91|
Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Anne Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||2.5 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||4.89 k/h||From: W||7%|
|09h||37||0 mm.||6.72 k/h||From: WNW||1%|
|12h||34||0 mm.||3.35 k/h||From: WNW||30%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: W||80%|
|18h||25||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: W||85%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||2.19 k/h||From: WNW||8%|
The skies would be mostly clear over over Lucknow on March 17 with hot and humid conditions during the day. Batters would have to be watchful against the new ball as it is seaming off the surface. The side that bats first in this game would be happy to see a score of 260 runs on the board.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow has a good surface that is good for batters as well as bowlers. The fast outfield and shorter boundaries assist the batters. There is early assistance for the fast bowlers on this surface and spinners have done well at this venue in the past.
In all the four games played in this series the side chasing the score has gone on to win the game. The wicket is best to bat on as the game progresses as bowlers do find assistance in the early overs. Thus we believe the side winning the toss here would like to bowl first in the game.
South Africa Women have sealed the series 3-1 and few would have expected them to be in this position after four games. Their batters have looked in great form and would be high on confidence going into the game. Things haven’t worked for India as they have failed to trouble the South Africans with their poor line and length. With momentum on their side South Africa Women would start favorites in this game.
India Women to win this game!