Host India aim for a strong start against South Africa!
Expect India to win this opening T20I game at Surat.
Host India will be looking to kick start their season on a positive note when they take on South Africa in the 1st T20I game of the series at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat played on Tuesday. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance in this opening game in a bid to end their losing streak in the T20I format. The home side has made a couple of changes to their T20I squad for this series.
On the other hand, South Africa will be looking to put on a decent show with bat and ball against India. Captain Sune Luus will be hoping that experienced players in the playing XI can deliver the goods in this T20I series.
The home side will be looking to get back to winning ways in the T20I format. Harmanpreet Kaur-led unit suffered clean sweep in the T20I series played against England earlier this year. Uncapped batsman Shefali Verma has earned his maiden call-up to the T20I squad after a string of good performances at the domestic level. Mansi Joshi and Pooja Vastrakar also make their return to the T20 squad after a long time. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues and Captain Harmanpreet Kaur to do the bulk of the scoring.
Opening batsman Smriti Mandhana has been in excellent form with the bat in this year’s tournament. She has accumulated 252 runs in 6 T20I matches at an average of 42.00 with three half-centuries to her name. Besides Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues has proved to be an ideal partner for Mandhana at the top of the innings. The 19-year old has been a consistent performer with the bat for India in the T20 format. Since making his debut, Rodrigues accumulated 608 runs in 25 T20I matches at an average of 30.40 with five half-centuries to her name. She will be looking to deliver notable scores for India in this three-match T20I series. Indian Captain Harmanpreet Kaur will be determined to get back to her best with the bat. She missed the previous T20I series against England due to personal reasons. Harmanpreet Kaur is the most experienced player in the batting department. She has accumulated 1910 runs in 96 matches at an average of 28.08. Harmanpreet Kaur has smashed one century and six half-centuries during this period. Middle-order comprising of Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey will need to deliver runs for the side in this series.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on likes of Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Tanya Bhatia (wk), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil/Harleen Doel, Shikha Pandey, Poonav Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy.
Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Pooja Vastrakar
Sune Luus-led unit will be looking to continue their decent form in this three-match T20I series against India. Despite losing their captain Dane van Niekerk due to injury, Sune Luus has done an excellent job as the leader of the side. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits and Mignon du Preez to do the bulk of the scoring. In the warm-up game, swashbuckling opener Lizelle Lee got the side off to a perfect start and added 61 runs with Tazmin Brits. Lizelle Lee finished the innings with the top-score of 65 off 48 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. He was well supported by Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk and Mignon du Preez to see South Africa post a competitive score on the board in the warm-up game.
Mignon du Preez produced brisk innings of 40 not out off 18 balls with the help of six fours and one six. She will be keen to do well with the bat for South Africa in this three-match T20I series. Nadine de Klerk, Captain Sune Luus and Lara Godall are capable players in the middle-order that will need to produce runs for the side in this T20I series. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Shabnam Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka to make early inroads with the new ball. Sune Luus and Tumi Sekhukhune will be prominent spin options.
Sune Luus (captain), Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Tazmin Brits, Lizelle Lee (wk), Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Nondumiso Shangase/Tumi Sekhukhune, Anne Bosch, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnam Ismail
Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez
The wicket prepared for the game is going to be decent for batting. The spinners might get assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for the day to be played on Tuesday is going to have clear skies in the evening.
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat is going to host the opening T20I game between India and South Africa. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have a decent head-to-head against South Africa in the 20-over format.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and get a big score on the board. The warm-up game saw South Africa post 174 runs while batting first.
Host India will be favorites to win this game against South Africa. Harmanpreet Kaur and co. will have a slight advantage as they are playing in their home conditions. Smriti Mandhana and Jemima Rodrigues have been in decent form for the side in the T20I format.
Expect India to win this opening T20 game at Surat!
Expect India to win this opening T20I game at Surat.