The 4th match of the T20I series between India Women and South Africa Women will be played at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT). This game will be live on Star Sports. Live Streaming will be available on Hotstar.
It’s been that sort of a month, isn’t it? Rain, rain and more rain has continued to play spoilsport and India vs South Africa hasn’t been bereft of it. After a low-scoring nerve-jangler, we have had back-to-back washouts in Surat. Considering the weather forecast, things don’t look good for the 4th T20I either, but if it does, the Proteas will hope they can square the 5-match series and avenge the ignominy of the 11-run defeat in the first T20I.
As for the hosts, they’ll hope that their top-order- Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues- cash-in on their stars and lay the platform for the shenanigans of Harmanpreet Kaur and their spinners to take over.
Unfortunately, another rainy day awaits us at Surat tomorrow. As per the weather forecast, there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. The humidity will be around 82 percent while the temperatures are expected to hover in the late 20s.
With the amount of rain that the pitch has taken in the past few days, it could be a bit sluggish and shot-making against bowlers who can take the pace off the ball could turn out to be tricky.
Average 1st innings Score: 130 (1 T20I)
Record of the chasing teams: Won: 0; Lost: 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar/Mansi Joshi, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav,
Bench: Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi/Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy
South Africa Women:
Lizelle Lee (wk), Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (c), Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune
Bench: Sinalo Jafta, Anne Bosch, Lara Goodall
India Women: Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, quite uncharacteristically failed to convert their starts in the first T20I. With India not boasting a strong lower middle-order, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (43) will hope that her top-order lays her side a great platform on which she can build a match-winning total. The bowling unit will be led by a trio of Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, and Radha Yadav.
South Africa Women: In the absence of Dan van Niekerk, the onus is on Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez to spearhead the batting unit against the Indian spinners. Shabnim Ismail (3-26) and Nadine de Klerk (2-10) claimed five wickets between them in the first game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mignon du Preez, Poonam Yadav
Vice-Captain – Lizelle Lee, Deepti Sharma, Nadine de Klerk
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Lizelle Lee, Taniya Bhatia
Batters – Mignon du Preez, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Shafali Verma
All-Rounders – Nadine de Klerk, Deepti Sharma (C)
Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Shikha Pandey, Ayabonga Khaka
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Taniya Bhatia
Batters – Smriti Mandhana (C), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur
All-Rounders – Nadine de Klerk, Deepti Sharma, Sune Luus (VC)
Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Shikha Pandey
With the pitch having taken a lot of rain in the past 4-5 days, it could be sluggish and slow bowlers might come in handy. Hence, opting for spinners like Deepti Sharma or Poonam Yadav could prove to be a difference as far your Fantasy XI is concerned.
Considering India’s head-to-head record with South Africa [5 wins and 1 loss in 7 T20Is], they’ll start as overwhelming favourites.
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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