Man of the Match: Sana Mir
South Africa women aim to start limited-overs campaign on a positive note
Our Prediction is South Africa women to win!
The fifth round of ODI Championship will begin as Pakistan women will be touring South Africa for three ODIs and five T20Is. The points will be important for hosts South Africa in order to qualify for World Cup 2021.
Hosts South Africa will be looking to get off to a good start when they take on Pakistan in the opening game of the one-day series at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on 6th May. In the previous meeting at Women’s World Cup in England, South Africa registered a narrow win over Pakistan.
The ICC World Cup 2017 semifinalists South Africa is placed fifth with 13 points in 12 matches. South Africa managed to complete clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the T20I and ODI series played at home and will be looking to win all their games against Pakistan in this series.
Pakistan women have a realistic chance of qualifying for World Cup 2021 as they have earned 12 points from 12 matches. Pakistan won their previous one-day series against West Indies played at home in February. South Africa women will be favorites to take the three-match ODI series.
Host SA has made three changes to their limited-overs squad as Sinalo Jafta, and Nondumiso Shangase and Sune Luus are included in the setup for this three-match one-day series.
All-rounder Sune Luus will lead the side for this one-day series as Dane Van Niekerk has been sidelined due to injury. Luus has managed to pick up five wickets in 2 matches at an average of 13.60. With the bat, Luus has been inconsistent and is averaging 21.55 with the bat in limited-overs cricket.
Opener Lizelle Lee has been a consistent performer for the side in the limited-overs format. She was not selected for the previous one-day series played against Sri Lanka at home and would be looking to make a strong comeback in this series. Since May 2017, Lee has accumulated 875 runs in 24 matches at an average of 41.66. The home side will be hoping that Lee can deliver runs with the bat the top of the innings in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Pakistan.
Opening batsman Laura Wolvaardt has been a premier performer for the side in the limited-overs format. Since May 2017, he scored 1018 runs in 25 matches at an average of 48.47. She will be looking to deliver runs with the bat in this one-day series against Pakistan.
Experienced Mignon du Preez has been a consistent performer for South Africa in the batting department. Since May 2017, Du Preez has scored 636 runs in 27 matches at an average of 33.47. Du Preez will be keen to do well in this ODI series that starts from Monday.
All-rounder Marizanne Kapp has chipped in with crucial performances with the bat in the recent games played in the limited overs format.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Marizanne Kapp is the leading wicket-taker for the side since May 2017. She has taken 36 wickets in 26 matches at an average of 22.75. The likes of Masabata Klaas, Shabnam Ismail, and Sune Luus also have picked up wickets for the side in the limited-overs format.
Lizelle Lee (Wk), Laura Wolvaardt, Andrie Steyn, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luss (c), Nadine de Klerk, Shabnam Ismail, Chloe Tyron, Marizanne Kapp, masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune
Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Sinalo Jafta, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn
The visitors announced their 15-member squad for South Africa series. Fatima Sana has been named as a replacement for pace bowler Diana Baig, who has been ruled out of the tour due to a thumb injury.
In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of Javeria Khan, Captain Bismah Maroof and Nahida Khan to do the bulk of the scoring. Nahida Khan has topped the batting charts for Pakistan in the ODI format since May 2017 with 535 runs in 19 matches. All-rounder Sana Mir has also chipped in with crucial scores for the side in recent games played in the limited-overs format.
In the bowling department, Sane Mir leads the way with 37 wickets to her name in limited-overs cricket since May 2017. Nashra Sandhu and Sadia Yusuf are other premier bowlers for the side in the limited-overs format. Off-spinner Nida Dar is another experienced campaigner in the bowling department for this one-day series.
Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, bismah maroof (c), Nida Dar, Kainat Imtiaz, Aliya Riaz, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana, Sana Mir
Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Javeria Khan, Nida Dar, Fatima Sana, Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Ameen
The wicket prepared will be good for batting. The quick bowlers will get assistance off the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Monday is mostly sunny.
Senwes Park in Potchefstroom has hosted a lot of limited-overs games for South Africa women in the past. South Africa women have a formidable record in limited-overs cricket at this venue. They have won eight games out of nine played at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put a decent score on the board. It will be difficult to chase down runs as spinners might get some assistance from the pitch.
South Africa women will be outright favorites to win this contest. Sune Luus and co. are a strong unit playing in their home conditions. On the other hand, Pakistan side will need to play well in order to compete with South Africa in this three-match one-day series.
Expect South Africa women to notch up a comfortable win over Pakistan women!
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