Man of the Match: Nida Dar
South Africa to beat Pakistan in the T20 series opener
Our Prediction is South Africa Women to win the match!
Hosts South Africa will be looking to get off to a good start when they take on Pakistan in the first T20I game in Pretoria on Wednesday.
South Africa Captain Sune Luus will rue that the fact they should be won the one-day series against Pakistan. The side made some errors on the field to see Pakistan escape with a tie. The home side will be keen to make amends for their mistakes and put in a strong show with bat and ball in the opening game of the T20I series.
On the other hand, Pakistan will take confidence from the one-day series as they managed to secure a tie in the final game played at Benoni. The visitors played exceedingly well to draw the one-day series and will be looking to do more of the same in the five-match T20I series.
The hosts have suffered from inconsistency with bat and ball in the three-match one-day series played against Pakistan. Sune Luus led-unit made a lot of mistakes to see Pakistan pull off a tie in the third and final game of the one-day series. The side will need to raise their game with bat and ball in the five-match T20 series against Pakistan that will start from Wednesday.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee to do the bulk of the scoring.
Opener Laura Wolvaardt showed excellent form for South Africa in the three-match one-day series. She accumulated 134 runs in 3 matches at an average of 67.00. Wolvaardt would be looking to continue his rich vein of form in the five-match T20I series. Lizelle Lee also made a terrific comeback to the limited-overs cricket and scored 101 runs in 3 innings at an average of 33.66. Swashbuckling opener will be looking to continue his good form in this T20I series.
Skipper Sune Luus was the star of the show with the bat for South Africa in the third and final game of the one-day series. Luus scored 80 off 84 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes to help South Africa post a competitive score on the board. She certainly needs to be more consistent with the bat for South Africa in the upcoming five-match T20I series. Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tyron are experienced players in the middle-order who will be keen to contribute with decent scores in this T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Masabata Klaas, Shabnam Ismail, and Marizanne Kapp to provide crucial breakthroughs for the side with the new-ball. Leg-spinner Sune Luus and Tumi Sekhukhune are other bowling options for South Africa for this game.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Andrie Steyn, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (captain), Sinato Jafta (wk), Shabnam Ismail, Chloe Tyron, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Sinalo Jafta, Mignon du Preez, Moseline Daniels
The visitors played excellent cricket against South Africa in the recently concluded one-day series. Skipper Bismah Maroof will be looking to lead from the front with the bat and score runs with the bat in this T20I series.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof and Nahida Khan to do the bulk of the scoring. Javeria Khan was the star performer for Pakistan in the three-match one-day series with 128 runs in 3 innings at an average of 64.00. She delivered a crucial inning in the third and final game of the series to keep Pakistan in the hunt to win the game.
All-rounder Aliya Riaz was the star performer for the side in the final game of the one-day series. She produced a valiant inning for the side and scored 71 off 82 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. Aliya also bowled well and picked up two wickets in the final game of the one-day series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Nashra Sandhu, Sane Mir and Nida Dar to provide crucial breakthroughs. Aliya Riaz and Fatima Sana are other bowling options for Pakistan.
Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (captain), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Aliya Riaz, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana, Sana Mir.
Aliya Riaz, Kainat Imtiaz, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Javeria Rauf, Omaima Sohail, Nashra Sandhu, Fatima Sana, Sana Mir, Iram Javed
The pitch prepared for this game will be good for batting. The quick bowlers will get some assistance off the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to see clear skies.
LC De Villiers Oval in Pretoria has hosted a couple of games in the past. Sune Luus and co. have would be keen to win their first T20I game at the venue. Since 2014, Pakistan women have won four T20 games out of seven played against South Africa women.
Both the teams would be hoping to win the toss and bat first on such a wicket. The bowlers will struggle to contain the batsmen due to short boundaries at this venue. The side batting first will have a significant advantage in this contest.
South Africa women will be favorites to take this contest against Pakistan. The home side has a lot of experience in their batting and bowling department. Sune Luus will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table. On the other hand, Pakistan will need to maintain their standards with bat and ball in order to put up a strong fight against South Africa in this T20I series.
Expect South Africa to beat Pakistan in the T20 series opener.
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