India Women’s hunt for a series saving win in 2nd T20
South Africa Women to win this game
India Women just don’t seem to have any clues on how to defeat this confident and in-form South Africa Women side. Game after game the story has been the same where the visitor’s top order snatches the game away. The results were the same in the 1st T20 of the 3-match series as the South Africans chased down a score clinically winning the game by 8 wickets.
India Women haven’t been tested at home like them have been in this series for a while and this is perhaps the reason they seem to lack plans to counter attack. Their pride is on stake for the upcoming game and loss here would definitely hurt them. The kind of form the South Africans are in at the moment it would be a huge task for India to rise up and win the next game.
With Harmanpreet Kaur’s presence in the next game still doubtful Smriti Mandhana would have to lead from the front. The side wasn’t able to score at a good rate in the last game and this is something they would have to work on for the next one. Mandhana would want her players to come up with an aggressive mind and level the series.
They need a good start from Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana being the most experienced batters in the side. Jemimah Rodrigues will need to score runs at a quicker pace in the middle order along with Richa Ghosh and Harleen Doel who played well in the last game. Arundhati Reddy and Deepti Sharma have good hitting abilities and need to come up with an impressive show in this game.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad has failed in this series and the side would be looking for a good start from her with the new ball along with Reddy. Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav too haven’t lived up to their reputation and must deliver in this must-win game. With Doel and Simran Bahadur in the team, Indians would like to make good use of their variety.
Smriti Mandhana (c), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Simran Bahadur, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Arundhati Reddy
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Simran Bahadur, Harleen Deol, Nuzhat Parween, Jemimah Rodrigues, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy
Suné Luus has led the side well in this tough tour and she would be happy with the way her side has played so far in the series. They have batted brilliant and the skipper would be expecting another inspired performance from the side in this game. A win here would assure them of a series win and Luss would like to finish it here.
Openers Lizelle Lee and Anne Bosch are in good form and they would look to set up a good opening stand here. Luss would be confident with her knock from the last game and along with in-form Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez makes a formidable middle order. Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall and Sinalo Jafta are good hitters of the ball down the order and this makes the side’s batting very strong.
Shabnim Ismail has been in brilliant form on this tour and shall look to strike early along with Nonkululeko Mlaba. In Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk and Luus they have bowlers who have bowled tight lines in this series. Bosch chipped in with good overs in the last game and this adds to their bowling strength.
Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee, Anne Bosch, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Anne Bosch, Lizelle Lee, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
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The skies would be slightly overcast over Lucknow on March 21. It would be difficult for the batters as the track is expected to be on the slower side and the ball won’t come onto the bat nicely. Any score in excess of 140 runs would be a good one on this surface.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow balances it out between the batters and the bowlers. Batters who play the waiting game and rotate the strike have done well here in the past. There is early assistance for the fast bowlers on this surface and spinners who mix their length do well here.
If the track in the last game is anything to go by setting up a total here would be a big challenge and having a target score in mind always makes it easy. In the past teams have preferred to bowl first on this surface and we don’t expect the captains to do anything different here.
Not often does India Women find itself on the back foot playing at home. But this has been just the situation here where their famed batting line-up and spin attack has miserably failed. South Africa Women are having a dream series at the moment and playing with great determination. Their batters are in great form and this would make them favorites to win this contest.
South Africa Women to win this game