It wouldn’t be an aberration to say that the year 2019 has belonged to rain. From Europe to America to Oceania to Asia, none of the contents have been bereft of rain, resulting in a lot of matches ending in damp-squib. Another series that has been marred with inclement rain is the ongoing 5-match T20I series between India Women and South Africa Women. After the first game, inclement weather and the subsequent wet-outfield resulted in back-to-back washouts (without the toss).
But after two back-to-back washouts, we finally got a game in Surat on Tuesday, albeit a 17-over-a-side affair. And, now another refreshing news is coming in. In the wake of two washouts, it has now been decided that India Women will play another T20I with South Africa on October 03, 2019, apart from the originally scheduled fifth T20I on October 04.
JUST IN: India and South Africa to play another T20I on October 3, 2019, apart from the match on October 4.
This is because of the fact that two matches have been washed out so far. The match will begin at 7PM IST (1:30PM GMT).#INDvSA
— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) October 2, 2019
Opportunity for Team India to continue its dominance
It wouldn’t be an aberration to say that the Women in Blue have completely dominated the series thus far. The South Africans have had no clue whatsoever against the troika of Indian spinners: Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, and Radha Yadav.
While it was Deepti Sharma’s 3/8 that stole the show in India’s nerve-wracking 11-run win in the first T20I, it was the turn of their spearhead- Poonam Yadav [3/13]- to have her say on the proceedings. Both Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav were adjudged player of the match in the respective T20Is. Away from the limelight, Radha Yadav has also played her part prudently. The left-arm spinner has returned with figures of 2-29 and 2-16 in the two games, complementing beautifully what is a fearsome trio of spinners.
Apart from their spin bowling, the biggest positive in this series thus far has been the emergence of the 15-year-old Shafali Verma. After missing out in her debut game, Shafali ensured that he did not let the second chance slip, showing glimpses of her precocious talent. The right-hander blazed away with a nonchalant 33-ball 46 and along with Jemimah Rodrigues  gave an insight on the next-gen of Indian Women’s batting.
As for the South Africans, they will have another opportunity at squaring the series. But for that to happen they will have to find a way past the Indian spinners, who have claimed 13 of the 17 wickets that have fallen thus far.
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