The 22nd match of the Kia Super League 2019 will be played between Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
Southern Vipers moved down to No.3 after suffering a 15-run loss against the Western Storm on Tuesday. Heather Knight and Fran Wilson scored fifties to power the hosts to a total of 170/3. Daniele Wyatt looked like chasing everything herself. She scored a 32-ball 58 before getting out in the 10th over. The Vipers couldn’t just match the required NRR and were restricted to just 155/9.
On the other hand, Yorkshire Diamonds got only their 2nd win of the season. They defeated Surrey Stars on Tuesday where the Diamonds chased down the target of 121 with a ball to spare. With 8 points from six matches, the Yorkshire Diamonds would require a miracle from here on for qualifying for the finals day. And that miracle will be possible if they can defeat the Vipers on Friday.
The Southampton is expected to be clear throughout Wednesday. However, since this game starts at 6:30 PM local time, there is an outside chance of the game interrupted towards the end. Little chances of rain are predicted from 9:00 PM local time.
The Rose Bowl has been a perfect venue for chasing when it comes to Kia Super League. Two teams won by batting first here since 2018 that too by a narrow margin after posting 150+ totals. In another two fixtures, totals under 150 were chased down comfortably.
Average first innings score: 142 (KSL games since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Katherine Brunt is rested on ECB’s request.
Probable Playing XIs:
Danielle Wyatt, Suzie Bates, Tammy Beaumont (C & WK), Stafanie Taylor, Maia Bouchier, Paige Scholfield, Fi Morris, Tash Farrant, Amanda Wellington, Issy Wong, Lauren Bell.
Bench: Charlie Dean, Fi Morris, Tash Farrant, Marie Kelly, Thea Brookes, Carla Rudd
Lauren Winfield (C), Alyssa Healy, Hollie Armitage, Jemimah Rodrigues, Bess Heath, Alice Davidson-Richards, Katie George, Leigh Kasperek, Linsey Smith, Beth Langston, Katie Levick.
Bench: Katherine Brunt, Helen Fenby, Georgia Davis, Cordelia Griffith.
Alyssa Healy has got the starts but hasn’t been able to covert those. Same has been the case with her opening partner Lauren Winfield who is failing to play through the innings. Stafanie Taylor will be looking to earn her 25 pieces which she has achieved in all six matches this tournament.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Danielle Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alyssa Healy
Vice-Captain – Lauren Winfield, Suzie Bates, Tammy Beaumont, Leigh Kasperek
Given the performances of Danielle Wyatt and Jemimah Rodrigues in the previous two matches, the duo will be the most preferred multipliers for this game.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batsmen – Danielle Wyatt (C), Suzie Bates, Hollie Armitage, Lauren Winfield, Jemimah Rodrigues (VC)
All-Rounders – Stafanie Taylor
Bowlers – Alice Davidson-Richards, Amanda Wellington, Tash Farrant, Katie Levick
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Tammy Beaumont, Alyssa Healy (VC)
Batsmen – Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt, Jemimah Rodrigues
All-Rounders – Stafanie Taylor (C), Leigh Kasperek
Bowlers – Amanda Wellington, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Linsey Smith
Pick as many as possible from the top four of both the teams. At least two of Southern Vipers’ top four make it big in every game while the major contributors for the Yorkshire Diamonds are their top four only.
Southern Vipers are expected to bounce back with a win against Yorkshire Diamonds.
*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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