Hosts New Zealand face uphill task to stay alive in ODI
South Africa Women to clinch the ODI series!
New Zealand will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on South Africa Women in the 2nd game of the ODI series at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland on Monday
New Zealand Women suffered defeat at the hands of South Africa Women in the opening game played in Auckland. Captain Sophie Devine will be hoping that the side can put in an improved performance with bat and ball.
On the other hand, South Africa Women comfortably brushed aside New Zealand, courtesy splendid performances from Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt. The visitors will be looking to continue their excellent form in this contest.
The home side will be looking to raise their game with bat and ball in a bid to level the one-day series. Skipper Sophie Devine will need to lead the way for New Zealand in this fixture.
New Zealand Women lost wickets at regular intervals in the opening one-day game and could only score 259 runs from their 50 overs. Suzie Bates played well and scored 53 runs off 75 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Middle-order batsman Katie Perkins delivered a splendid performance with the bat in the opening game. She played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 78 runs off 83 balls with the help of six boundaries. Besides Perkins, Captain Sophie Devine chipped in with 27 runs off 31 balls with the help of three boundaries, whereas wicket-keeper Rachel Priest also scored 21 runs off 22 balls with the help of three fours.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Suzie Bates, Katie Perkins and Sophie Devine to do the bulk of the scoring. In the bowling department, the likes of Holly Huddleston, Suzie Bates and Hayley Jensen claimed one wicket. Leg-spinner Amelia Kerr bowled well and went wicketless in the game played in Auckland. She conceded 45 runs from her 10 overs.
Sophie Devine (captain), Katie Perkins, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Lauren Down, Suzie Bates, Rachel Priest (wk), Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Holly Huddleston, Rosemary Mair
Jess Kerr, Katie Perkins, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Holly Huddleston, Sophie Devine, Katey Martin
The bowlers put in a clinical performance to help South Africa Women complete a comfortable win over New Zealand women in the opening game played at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland
Pacers Shabnam Ismail, Masabata Klaas and Ayabonga Khaka delivered splendid bowling performances to restrict New Zealand to a modest score in their full quota of overs. Masabata Klaas and Ayabonga Khaka claimed three wickets each, while Shabnam Ismail picked up two important wickets for South Africa Women.
Chasing 260 runs for victory, openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt got the side off to an excellent start and put on a 163-run partnership for the opening wicket. Lizelle Lee played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 99 runs with the help of 13 boundaries. She was well supported by Wolvaardt, who chipped in with unbeaten 91 runs off 124 balls with the help of nine fours.
Captain Dane Niekerk also made a notable contribution with the bat in her comeback game. She put on a 64-run partnership with Wolvaardt to see South Africa complete the chase in the penultimate over of the innings. Niekerk scored 37 runs off 43 balls with the help of four boundaries. In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Marizanne Kapp and Shabnam Ismail put in an excellent performance for the side in this contest.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk (captain), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnam Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas
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Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk, Ayabonga Khaka, Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The quick bowlers will get rewards if they put the ball in the right areas. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday is expected to be bright and sunny.
Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland is once again going to host the game between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women. Given their decent record at this venue, home side will be keen to deliver a strong performance in this contest.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest score. The previous game was won by side batting second.
Based on the present-day form, South Africa Women will fancy their chances of beating New Zealand Women in the second game. With Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt delivering splendid performances, South Africa will be looking to put in a strong performance with the bat.
South Africa Women to clinch the ODI series!