Preview: In front of a raucous crowd, India Women grabbed a deserved lead in the five-match T20I series by completing a close victory over South Africa Women. After posting a modest total of 130 on a challenging surface, the bowling unit bundled the visitors out for 119. It was a highly gripping contest and more of the same will be expected in the second game of the series.
26th September 2019
7:00 PM IST
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
The weather forecast doesn’t look promising as scattered thunderstorms are predicted which will undoubtedly hamper the flow of the game and could even result in a washout.
In the first game, the surface was really tricky consisting of uneven bounce and the batsmen found it difficult to strike any rhythm in their batting. A similar sluggish surface is expected which means spinners will be of paramount importance in this game.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
After getting decent starts, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues failed to cash in on those starts and the duo will look to score big in the upcoming encounter. Deepti Sharma’s heroics ensured the Blues came out of the game with a victory and provided a timely reminder of her importance in the team.
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia(w), Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey
South Africa Women:
Despite her desperate efforts to power her team to glory, Mignon du Preez fell just short as the rest of the batting line-up faltered. Adequate support will be expected from the likes of Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt, who will need to step up with the bat in hand. Shabnim Ismail picked up three scalps in the last game and will lead the pace attack.
Lizelle Lee(w), Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus(c), Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune
Inspite of not firing in the first game, Smriti Mandhana should be the first name on the teamsheet as the southpaw is due for a big score. Deepti Sharma is a straight-forward pick whilst Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mignon Du Preez are bankable candidates.
1: Smriti Mandhana
2: Deepti Sharma
3: Harmanpreet Kaur
T Bhatia, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
M Du Preez, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
H Kaur, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
S Mandhana, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
J Rodrigues, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
D Sharma, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
N de Klerk, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
S Ismail, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
S Pandey, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
R Yadav, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
T Sekhukhulne, Points: 42-44, Grade: A