The 20th match of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be played between West Indies and South Africa at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney.
The match starts at 07:00 PM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST). This match will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
South Africa and West Indies will lock horns in a crucial and last league stage encounter of the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The Caribbean Women have already been knocked out of the tournament. But for the Proteas Women, this is an extremely important game as a win in this game will give them the top spot in the group B. With the forecast of rain in Sydney on March 5, there is every possibility that the semi-finals may get washed out.
With no reserve days for the semi-final matches, the group toppers will make it to the final in that case. The team led by Dane van Niekerk has been in brilliant form in the competition and are yet to drop a game and they would be keen on keeping the winning momentum going. West Indies, on the other hand, are struggling due to injury to their key players and would be hoping to somehow end the tournament on a high.
The rain is in the forecast in the lead up to and during the match. The first game of the day, Pakistan vs Thailand, is also expected to be washed out and if the rain continues to come down, the fate of this game might be the same as well. Even if somehow the game starts on time, heavy showers are predicted at 9 PM local time in Sydney. As for South Africa, even as washout will do to top the group.
The surface at the Showground stadium has assisted spin heavily. It was at this venue that Poonam Yadav spun a web around Australian batters. Batting first after winning the toss has been the template in this tournament at this ground and the trend should continue.
Average first innings score: 137 (3 T20Is played at the venue in this tournament)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 3
Injury & Availability News
Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of this game after she was stretchered off the field while batting in the previous game due to groin injury. West Indies are yet to confirm who will lead the team.
According to West Indies coach Gus Logie, Britney Cooper twisted her ankle while Chinelle Henry is also struggling with injury. It is not clearly known if they will play this game.
Probable Playing XIs
West Indies Women
Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Lee Ann Kirby, Shemaine Campbell (WK), Sheneta Grimmond/Chinelle Henry, Chedean Nation, Britney Cooper/Shamilia Connell, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman.
Bench – Shamilia Connell/Britney Cooper, Sheneta Grimmond/Chinelle Henry, Cherry Ann Fraser
South Africa Women
Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (WK), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba.
Bench – Nadine de Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Tumi Sekhukhune, Masabata Klaas.
Lizelle Lee hasn’t done much apart from a century against Thailand. She has scored 109 runs in three outings out of which 101 runs came in one game. However, she will be crucial yet again. Marizanne Kapp (69 runs and 2 wickets), Dane van Niekerk (51 runs and 4 wickets) and Sune Luus (74 runs and 3 wickets) will be important in earning more Dream11 Fantasy points. Shabnim Ismail, with five wickets, has been a class apart as well.
Shemaine Campbell has scored 69 runs at a strike-rate of just over 100 and is the best batter for the West Indies in Taylor’s absence. Hayley Matthews hasn’t done much in either department but she will be a good pick in your Dream11 Fantasy team. The likes of Anisa Mohammed and Afy Fletcher are decent bowlers but are yet to shine in the tournament.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Dane van Niekerk, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp
Vice-Captain – Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Hayley Matthews
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Shemaine Campbell, Lizelle Lee (VC)
Batters – Hayley Matthews, Lee Ann Kirby, Sune Luus
All-Rounders- Dane van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp
Bowlers- Afy Fletcher, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Nokululeko Mlaba
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Shemaine Campbelle, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty
Batters – Chedean Nation, Sune Luus (VC), Laura Wolvaardt
All-Rounders- Deandra Dottin, Dane van Niekerk
Bowlers- Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shabnim Ismail (C)
Pick more players from the South African team as West Indies are completely struggling and it might turn out to be a one-sided game in the end.
Wait for the playing XIs to come as West Indies are struggling with injuries to key players. If West Indies are batting first, then it would be better to make a South Africa spinner C or VC.
South Africa Women should easily win the game.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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