West Indies Women’s battle to regain pride
South Africa Women to win this game
Host West Indies Women would face a massive challenge as they go into the 4th ODI against South Africa Women at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. The side has already lost the series being 0-3 down after their 8-wicket loss in the last game. In none of the games has the side come close to troubling the visitors and this would add to their challenge in this game.
West Indies batting has been in poor shape with scores of 153, 120 and 157 in the three games played so far in the series. Most of their top order batters are in poor form and it will be a massive challenge for them in this game. The South Africans on the other hand have been clinical and it would be interesting to see if the hosts are able to pull in a surprise in this game.
Anisa Mohammed would be upset with the poor show from her players in the series so far. In none of the games has the side been able to push the South Africans. The absence of their regular skipper Stafanie Taylor is already being felt. Having already lost the series, Mohammed would like her players to bounce back and restore lost pride.
Openers Hayley Matthews and Rashada Williams must deliver a strong start in this game which hasn’t happened so far. Deandra Dottin has looked in good form, but she will need to find support from Chedean Nation and Kycia Knight in the middle order. Down the order the side would like to see strong show from Qiana Joseph and Shabika Gajnabi considering the form of their top order.
Their bowling attack has had it tough in this series so far and the side would need early wickets from Shamilia Connell and Matthews in this game. Anisa Mohammed must lead from the front with the ball and trouble the confident South Africans. Shakera Selman and Karishma Ramharack shall also need to bowl in the right areas for the side to win.
Anisa Mohammed (c), Hayley Matthews, Rashada Williams (wk), Chedean Nation, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Shabika Gajnabi, Qiana Joseph, Shakera Selman, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell
Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Sheneta Grimmond, Reniece Boyce, Aaliyah Alleyne
Dane van Niekerk would be happy with the performance of her side in the series so far. They have won it in three straight games, and it is their bowling attack that has destroyed West Indies Women batting. As they go into the 4th game of the series van Niekerk would like to carry on with the domination as they eye a series whitewash.
Openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt look in splendid form and they would like to set up a good opening stand in this game. In the middle order the side has good strength with Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez in the side though none of these players have got much of opportunity to bat. Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Trisha Chetty add good firepower to the batting down the order.
The side would expect early wickets in this game from Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail who have bowled well in the three games played so far. Ayabonga Khaka has troubled the batters and shall look to keep the run rate under check in the middle overs with and Tumi Sekhukhune and van Niekerk. The presence of Luus in this attack adds solidity.
Dane van Niekerk (c), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Mignon du Preez, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Trisha Chetty (wk)
|D van Niekerk||18||18||1||1||100|
Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon, Tazmin Brits, Dane van Niekerk, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||1.37 mm.||1.2 k/h||From: SSW||70%|
|03h||19||0.10 mm.||0.53 k/h||From: SW||60%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||0.65 k/h||From: WNW||54%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||0.74 k/h||From: NW||74%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||0.84 k/h||From: NW||86%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||1 k/h||From: S||61%|
|18h||24||0.11 mm.||2.18 k/h||From: S||74%|
|21h||21||2.07 mm.||2.01 k/h||From: SSW||88%|
The skies over Antigua would see some clouds on September 16. The track would be slightly slow as we have seen in the last few games played here. Batters would have to spend time at the crease to score runs. The side batting first would be happy to put up 240 runs or more on this track.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua has a slow surface and batters must spend time at the crease and rotate strike to do well at this venue. There is some assistance for the fast bowlers early in the game. Spinners enjoy good record as the odd ball can turn and stop on the batters.
In the three games so far in the series the side chasing the score has gone on to win comfortably. This will be a fresh wicket and expect to see early assistance for the bowlers. The side that wins the toss in this game should have little hesitation in bowling first on this surface.
West Indies Women have just not been up to the task in this series. The same script of batting collapses has repeated in all the game of this series. The hosts would have to make improvements in this department to win this game. South Africa Women on the other hand are in good form with the bat and the ball and they have momentum on their side, and this would make them favorites in this game.
South Africa Women to win this game