Man of the Match: Sune Luus
South Africa Women to win
Our Prediction is South Africa Women to win.
Hosts South Africa will be looking to win the T20I series when they face Sri Lanka in the second game in Johannesburg on Sunday. Skipper Dane van Niekerk truly led the way from the front to see South Africa win the opening game of the T20I series. With this result, South Africa have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka women will need to adjust to the conditions in order to produce a result in this game. In their previous game, Sri Lanka produced a hapless batting display and could not get going in their innings. They will need to improve or else it is going to be a long tour of South Africa this time around.
The bowlers put in a clinical performance to help South Africa women complete a comfortable win over Sri Lanka women in the opening game played at Newlands Cricket Ground. Captain Dane Van Niekerk led the way with the bat and smashed a scintillating innings to see the South Africa complete the chase in the 14th over.
Van Niekerk opened the innings for the side and smashed unbeaten 71 off 55 balls with the help of thirteen fours. She is certainly the premier batsman for the side at the moment. Van Niekerk will be keen to continue her rich vein of form in the next game of the series.
Tazmin Brits also did not do much with the bat and could only score 10 runs in the opening game. The 28-year old will be looking to do well in this T20I series after being recalled into the national side.
Marizanne Kapp and Mignun du Preez also perished for low scores in the first game of the series. The experienced duo will need to contribute with the bat for the side in the remaining games of the T20I series.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Marizanne Kapp and Shabnam Ismail put in an excellent performance for the side in Newlands.
Captain Dane van Niekerk was standout bowler for the side in the opening game of the series played in Newlands. Leg-spinner picked up three wickets and conceded only 12 runs from full quota of overs. Medium-pacer Masabata Klaas also produced impressive numbers with the ball. He picked up two wickets and conceded 22 runs from his four-over spell.
Dane van Niekerk (c), Tazmin Brits, Laura Godall, Mignun du Preez, Faye Tunnicliffe (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Nadine de Klerk, Saarah Smith, Tumi Sekhukhune, Shabnam Ismail.
Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Faye Tunnicliffe, Saarah Smith, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Tazmin Brits, Dane van Niekerk, Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall
The visitors failed to adjust to the conditions in the first T20 and could only score 90 runs from their 20 overs. Chamari Attapatu and co. will be keen to make a strong comeback in this game.
Opening batsman Hasini Perera played well and scored 27 runs off 44 balls with the help of three fours. Anushka Sanjeewani and Chamari Attapatu perished for low scores. The duo will need to raise their game and put in better scores for the side in the remaining games of the T20 series.
Shashikala Siriwardena also failed to produce a score in this game. She will certainly do much with the bat in order for Sri Lanka to level the series at Johannesburg.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Chamari Attapatu, Anushka Sanjeewani and Hasini Perera to do bulk of the scoring.
Imalka Mendis also scored runs for Sri Lanka coming in at no.6 position in the batting order. The side could not get their innings due to tidy spells from Shabnam Ismail and Marizanne Kapp.
In the bowling department, the likes of Achini Kulasuriya, Nilakshi de Silva and Inoka Ranaweera picked up three wickets apiece. Oshadi Ranasinghe and Shashikala Siriwardena also bowled tidy spells for the side in the opening game of the series played in Newlands.
Chamari Attapatu (c), Imalka Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Umesha Thimashini, Hasini Perera, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya.
Hasini Perera, Umesha Thimashini, Shashikala Siriwardene, Chamari Atapattu, Nilakshi de Silva, Achini Kulasuriya, Imalka Mendis, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Anushka Sanjeewani, Udeshika Prabodhani
The surface might assist the bowler as they have been plenty of rain around the area. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to partly cloudy. Rain might play spoilsport in this game.
South African women have won only one T20I game out of three played at The Wanderers, Johannesburg. Dane van Niekerk and co. have won their last T20I game against India at this venue.
The team that wins the toss might want to bowl first and will try to exploit the conditions that will certainly help the seamers.
South Africa Women will be outright favorites to win this T20I game as well. Sri Lanka women certainly lack experience in the batting and bowling department to compete against South Africa in their own backyard.
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