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Toss Winner - South Africa Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
West Indies Women’s search for a perfect start against South Africa
South Africa Women to win this game
Tournament: West Indies Women tour of South Africa, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa | Toss: To BatBet Now
We are into the 1st game of the 4-match series between South Africa Women and West Indies Women at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Both sides would be eager to start the series with a win. South Africans would miss a few players due to injury and it remains to be seen how they fare in this game.
West Indies Women have fared poorly against the South Africans in the past in this format of the game. Their recent record hasn’t been encouraging either apart from the series win in Pakistan. South Africa Women would be eager to make a perfect start to the series and it remains to be seen if the visitors can turn it the other way.
Sune Luus would lead the side in absence of regular skipper Dane van Niekerk who is out with an injury. The absence of Niekerk and Lizelle Lee is a major loss for the side and Luus would like other players to step in a fill the void. They have enjoyed an excellent record against West Indies Women in the past and Luus shall look to do the same taking advantage of the conditions.
The side would look for a good start in the game from Laura Wolvaardt and Luus and they must score runs against the strong attack that West Indies have. The middle order is packed with experience and has the likes of Lara Goodall, Marizanne Kapp, and Mignon du Preez and they would look to set up important partnerships. In Chloe Tryon and Nadine de Klerk, they have good finishers and runs would be expected from them.
Shabnim Ismail and Masabata Klaas would look to strike early and prevent West Indies Women from setting up a good platform at the top. Nadine de Klerk and Tryon are experienced bowlers, and the side would expect a good show from them in the middle overs. Luus, Kapp and Goodall add good variety to this bowling attack and they would look to play important roles here.
Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Marizanne Kapp
Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon, Sinalo Jafta, Tazmin Brits, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez
Stafanie Taylor’s side comes into this series with a series win on Pakistan. However, the side has struggled in this format of the game for the past year. Their record against South Africa hasn’t been good either and the side would look to improve that here. Taylor shall look for a strong show from her players in this game and take an early lead.
The side would expect to see a good start from Rashada Williams and Deandra Dottin in this game as both these players can play strokes. They have good balance in the middle order with Chedean Nation, Hayley Matthew, and Taylor in the side. They would also expect to see runs from Rashada Williams, Anisa Mohammad, and Kycia Knight down the order.
The side would need good spells with the new ball from Aaliyah Alleyne and Shakera Selman in this game as the South Africans have a very strong batting line-up at the top. Mohammad has lots of experience and he will be expected to make good use of it in the middle and death overs. Afy Fletcher, Dottin, and Matthews have to bowl tight spells for the side to win this game.
Stafanie Tayor (c), Anisa Mohammed, Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight (wk), Chedean Nation, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shakera Selman, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Rashada Williams
Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Kycia Knight, Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams
There is forecast for cloudy skies over Johannesburg on January 28 and there are chances of rains during the game. The wicket is expected to be hard and flat where batters shall be able to play their strokes on the up. Fast bowlers would see some swing due to the weather. The side batting first in this game shall aim to put up 250 runs on the board.
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg is the best batting surface in South Africa, and we have seen batters do well here in the past. Fast bowlers do get some assistance but there is little margin for error in this flat surface. Spinners have struggled here as the ball doesn’t turn much on this track.
We have seen big scores at this venue in the past and the wicket is good to bat on right from the start of the game. There is some assistance for the spinners as the pitch wears down. The side winning the toss would look to make the best use of the conditions by batting first in this game.
It is the first game of the series and both sides would look for a perfect start. West Indies Women have struggled against bigger opponents in the last 12 months. Their batters have failed to build partnerships, and this is something the side would have to work on here. South Africa Women play at home. They have good knowledge of the conditions and a strong batting line-up. This would make them favorites in this game.
South Africa Women to win this game
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