The 1st T20 warm-up game between India Women Board President’s XI and South Africa Women will be hosted by the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (IST) (4:30 AM GMT)
South Africa Women’s tour of India will kick start on Friday when they take on the India Women Board President’s XI team in the first of the two warm-up matches. The Protea Women will feature in two warm-up T20s in Surat before the 5-match T20I series also to be played in Surat. The tour then moves into the ODI format as the two teams face off in a 3-match ODI series which is part of ICC ODI Championship.
Sune Luus continue to lead the South African Women as their regular skipper Dane van Niekerk suffered an injury before this series. The India Women BP’s XI will be led by Sushma Verma who is finding her ways to make a return to the Indian team. Pooja Vastrakar missed all Internationals that India played since the WT20 last year due to injury. These warm-ups will help her before being part of the first three T20Is
Won’t be surprised if this match ends in a washout as such is the weather on Friday for Surat. There could be isolated thunderstorms during the morning which could witness a decent amount of rain.
The Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat hasn’t hosted an official Women’s T20 match so far. However, considering the Men’s T20 matches played this year, it can be said that the tracks here could be low-scoring ones. Since this is the start of the season, we might see fresh pitches. Batters could enjoy the conditions from the half-way stage.
Average 1st inning score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs/Squads:
India Women Board President’s XI:
Sushma Verma (C), Devika Vaidya, Vanitha VR, Shafali Verma, Priya Punia, Jasia Aktar, MD Thirushkamini, Madhuri Mehta, Tarannum Pathan, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Tanuja Kanwar, Bharti Fulmali, Mansi Joshi, Renuka Singh, Pooja Vastrakar.
South Africa Women:
Sune Luus (C), Anneke Bosch, Tasmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, S Ismail, Sinola Jafta, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt.
Priya Punia was the leading run-getter of the recent most Women’s T20 competition where she scored four fifties in 10 innings. She aggregated 382 runs at an average of 47.75. Vanitha VR finished 4th in the same tournament with 291 runs and had a strike rate of 136. Shafali Verma can produce big knocks at 180+ strike rate but is quite inconsistent. Mignon du Preez put on some big performances during the recently concluded KSL while Sune Luus could be seen batting up the order. Nadine de Klerk could get a chance of batting in top seven and bowling 3 overs at least.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Devika Vaidya, Shafali Verma, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez
Vice-Captain – Priya Punia, Lizelle Lee, Vanitha VR, Pooja Vastrakar, S Ismail
Devika Vaidya had great performances with both bat and ball during the U23 Women’s T20 tournament and also the Senior Women’s T20 tournament during the 2018/19 season. She finished as leading run-getter in the U23 competition with 395 runs from 10 innings which she scored with help of four fifties. Later in the tournament of seniors, she ended up as the joint 2nd leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets from 8 innings at an average of 10.26.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lizelle Lee
Batters – Mignon du Preez, Vanitha VR, Shafali Verma, Priya Punia (VC)
All-Rounders – Sune Luus (C), Nadine de Klerk
Bowlers – Pooja Vastrakar, S Ismail, Devika Vaidya, Tumi Sekhukhune
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sinola Jafta
Batters – Laura Wolvaardt, Shafali Verma, Priya Punia
All-Rounders – Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk (VC), Sushree Dibyadarshini
Bowlers – Devika Vaidya (C), Tumi Sekhukhune, Mansi Joshi, Ayabonga Khaka
Since this match could feature more than 11 players from each team, Dream11 might not give the points from featuring in the match and there is a possibility of abandoning the contest. The top players might feature for South Africa Women in this warm-up game as they will play in India for the first time since the 2016 WT20.
South Africa Women are likely to start their tour with a win.
*Disclaimer: These picks were made based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 3-match ODI series – Statistical Preview
- India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 6th T20I: Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
- India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 5th T20I: Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
- India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 5-match T20I series – Statistical Preview
- Best combined XI from World Test Championship 2019-2021