Host India aim to extend their lead against South Africa!
Expect India to register a comfortable win!
Host India will be looking to extend their lead when they take on South Africa in the third game of the T20I series at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Sunday. The previous game between the two teams was abandoned due to heavy rains. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur will be hoping that the side can raise their game with bat and ball in this contest. The team management will be hoping that side can deliver a clinical batting performance in order to maintain their lead in the T20I series.
On the other hand, South Africa Captain Sune Luus will be hoping that players can make amends for the mistakes made in the previous game. The batting lineup clearly failed to adjust to the conditions as South Africa suffered a narrow defeat in the opening T20I game. South Africa will need to deliver something special in order to register their first T20I game in India.
The home side will be keen to maintain their lead in the T20I series. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur will need to lead from the front and make sure India deliver a pitch-perfect performance in the third match of the T20I series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on their top-order trio of Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur to deliver the bulk of the runs in this game. Pugnacious opener Smriti Mandhana will be hoping to get the side off to a good start and put in a notable score in this contest. The left-handed batsman has a decent record against South Africa in the T20 format. In 7 T20I games played against South Africa, Mandhana has scored 208 runs at an average of 34.66 with two half-centuries to her name. She will be looking to do well for India in this game. Jemima Rodrigues also failed to capitalize on her good start in the opening T20I game.
The team management will be hoping that she can produce a decent show for India in this game. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur will be looking to maintain her good form with the bat in this game. She is one player in the batting department that can change the complexion of the game in a space of few overs. The home side will be hoping that Kaur can deliver something special with the bat in this contest. Bowling all-rounder Deepti Sharma contributed with bat and ball in the opening game of the T2OI series. She chipped in with crucial cameo to see India post a modest total on the board. In reply, Sharma produced a splendid spell of the bowling and claimed three wickets from her four-over spell. Veda Krishnamurthy, Pooja Vastrakar and wicket-keeper Tanya Bhatia will need to produce runs for the side in this game.
The lower-order has been a cause of concern as India failed to accelerate in the last five overs in the opening T20I game played against South Africa. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the spin trio of Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. Medium-pacer Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar are pace options for India for this game.
Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma
Sune Luus and co. will need to improve their game considerably in a bid to level the T20I series on Sunday. In the opening T20I game, batsmen failed to keep the scoreboard ticking and struggled against the Indian spinners. The visitors will need to come up with plans in order to put in a decent batting performance in this contest. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the experienced trio of Lizelle Lee, Mignon Du Preez and Laura Wolvaardt to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt failed to capitalize on their good starts. The duo will need to produce runs for the side in this game.
Experienced middle-order batsman Mignon du Preez played exceedingly well and produced a fluent half-century. She rotated the strike beautifully and picked up boundaries at regular intervals. Du Preez will be looking to continue her good form with the bat in this game. Captain Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk and Tazmin Brits will need to contribute with crucial runs for the side in this game. In the bowling department, the side will be hoping that new-ball pair of Shabnam Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka can provide crucial breakthroughs. Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase and Nonkululeko Mlaba are other bowling options for the side for this game.
Sune Luus (captain), Lizelle Lee (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Tazmin Brits, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba
The wicket prepared for the game will have something for the quick bowlers. The weather forecast for the game is scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat is going to host the third T20I between India and South Africa. The home side will take heart from the fact they have an excellent record against South Africa in the T20I format. South Africa has registered their only win against India at Johannesburg in 2018.
Due to rain predicted for the game, the side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Chasing will be way to go in these conditions.
Host India will be favorites to win their game against South Africa. On pitches that offer turn and bounce, India has a considerable advantage over South Africa. Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Shikha Pandey delivered splendid performances and will be keen to continue their good form in this contest.
Expect India to register a comfortable win!