The 2nd game of the 3-match ODI series between India Women and South Africa Women will be hosted by the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time & IST (3:30 AM GMT).
Priya Punia, the debutant, was the star of India Women in the first ODI as she remained unbeaten on 75 in the 165-run chase. The hosts are leading the three-match series 1-0 and will be looking to seal the contest when they take the field on Friday. India’s bowling attack was as usual at its best with Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav picking wickets at regular intervals.
South Africa Women once again lost the battle against spin. They weren’t at their best and apart from Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp, no batter looked assured in the middle. The skipper Sune Luus will hope that her troops redeem themselves in the second ODI to keep the series alive.
The weather is absolutely clear for the match to take place on Friday. The sun will be out for the whole duration of the match and the temperatures will soar as the day progresses. It will hover around 28 to 36 Degrees Celsius in Vadodara according to AccuWeather.
The surface on offer was a decent one for the first ODI. There is a little bit of turn in the pitch and the slow bowlers will continue to have their say. More so, if the same strip is used, then the spinners will extract more turn from the 22 yards. Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
Average first innings score: 261 (In 14 ODIs at the venue so far)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 7; Lost – 7
(Will be shared when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht.
Bench: Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Dayalan Hemalatha
South Africa Women:
Lizelle Lee (WK), Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (C), Nondumiso Shangase, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Bench: Lara Goodall, Tazmin Brits, Nonkululeko Mlaba.
Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav will definitely pick wickets with the ball as South Africa struggle a lot against spin. Depending on when India is batting, the likes of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur could be picked.
Laura Wolvaardt looks a much better ODI batter than the T20I and should be a very good pick. Also, Trisha Chetty and Du Preez could be crucial. Expect Lizelle Lee also to get going from the word go.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia
Vice-Captain Options: Laura Wolvaardt, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lizelle Lee
Batters – Mithali Raj (C), Jemimah Rodrigues, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt
All-Rounders – Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus
Bowlers – Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Trisha Chetty, Taniya Bhatia
Batters – Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia (C), Laura Wolvaardt (VC)
All-Rounders – Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Marizanne Kapp
Bowlers – Tumi Sekhukhune, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Shabnim Ismail.
Again the team combination of your fantasy team might change depending on who bats first. If India bats first, making the likes of Mithali, Kaur C or VC. But India are bowling, better pick as many bowlers as you can from the hosts’ team.
India Women are expected to win the second ODI comfortably again.
*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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