India Women have emerged victorious in two of the completed matches of this bilateral series, whilst the other two have been washed out due to rains and wet outfield. In the wake of such overwhelming audience response and the good run of form of the Indian team, an extra T20I match has been scheduled on the 4th of October, effectively making this a six-match T20I series.
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
4th October 2019
7:00 PM IST
Sunny weather with merely 5% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 29 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track has been fairly good for batting though the regular rains have meant that the pace tends to slow down later on in the innings and hence the team that wins the toss would wish to bat first.
Predicted Playing XI:
Shafali Verma is someone with loads of potential up her disposal, as breaking into the national team at merely 15 years of age requires some special talent. Hence, there is a lot of excitement surrounding her. The Indian batting order looks very strong with the presence of Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur and the hard-hitting Veda Krishnamurthy. Poonam Yadav will be key with the ball for the home side.
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia(w), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav
South Africa Women
Lizelle Lee and Nadine de Klerk would have to shoulder the major responsibilities of the batting order. However, Sune Luus would have quite a responsibility up her shoulders if the Proteas wish to level the series 2-2 after a pretty dismal start to this T20I series.
Lizelle Lee(w), Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus(c), Shabnim Ismail, Lara Goodall, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Shafali Verma notched 46 runs yesterday, and hence led the Indians to a safe total of 140 runs whilst batting in the first innings. Jemimah Rodrigues, too, scored 33 runs at a strike rate of 150. This shows that both these batters are in a good run of form, and hence walk into this playing XI. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana find a place here due to their prevalent natural prowess and the ability to transform the course of the game from a purely individual perspective. Nadine de Klerk bats at number four and scalped two wickets in three overs in the fourth T20I, and her all-round abilities ensure that she will earn a notable number of points eventually.
1: Harmanpreet Kaur
2: Deepti Sharma
3: Nadine de Klerk
Dream XI & Points Projection:
T Bhatia, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
H Kaur, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
S Varma, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
S Mandhana, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
J Rodrigues, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
D Sharma, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
N d Klerk, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
S Ismail, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
S Luus, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
R Yadav, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
T Sekhukhulne, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are of the author and is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn.