The Semi-Final of the Kia Super League 2019 will be played between Loughborough Lightning and Southern Vipers at the County Ground in Hove.
The match starts at 12:00 PM local time (4:30 PM IST) (11:00 AM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England.
The Kia Super League (KSL) 2019 comes towards the end as Western Storm, Loughborough Lightning and Southern Vipers will be part of the finals day. Loughborough and Vipers will be part of the Semi-Final starting at 11 AM and the winning team would join the Storm in the finals. Lightning finished 2nd by winning seven matches and earned 32 points. They won only one of their first four matches.
But they picked up a winning streak from the 5th match and head into the finals day on a 6-match winning streak. The Southern Vipers, on the other hand, won three of their first six matches. They only one of the remaining three as one game ended in a Tie and other was abandoned. Vipers ended league stage with three defeats in four matches. It includes the defeat against Loughborough in the last league match.
Clear weather is expected in Hove for the finals day. The weather forecast predicts no rain for the big day and both the knockout matches could go as expected without any interruption. In fact, the skies are expected to be clear without any cloud cover.
The County Ground in Hove will host the finals day of the Kia Super League for the 3rd season in a row. The last season witnessed high scoring matches in both the knockout matches. The Surrey Stars posted 162 in the semi-final with Western Storm scoring 153 in response. Surrey followed it with 183 in the final. It shows how good the track for the Finals Day will be especially for the Semi-Final match.
Average first innings score: 156 (KSL games since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tie – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Amy Jones (WK), Chamari Atapattu, Mignon du Preez, Abbey Freeborn, Georgia Elwiss (C), Georgia Adams, Jo Gardner, Jenny Gunn, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham/Shabnim Ismail, Kirstie Gordon.
Bench: Alice Monaghan, Kathryn Bryce, Lucy Higham/Shabnim Ismail, Tara Norris.
Danielle Wyatt, Suzie Bates, Tammy Beaumont (C), Maia Bouchier, Thea Brookes, Paige Scholfield, Amanda Wellington, Fi Morris, Tash Farrant, Carla Rudd (WK), Lauren Bell.
Bench: Marie Kelly, Stafanie Taylor, Charlie Dean, Issy Wong.
Injury and Availability News:
Stafaine Taylor, Hayley Matthews and Kathryn Bruce are not available for this match due to International commitments.
Chamari Atapattu has got 58.5 points in her previous match as she scored 35 and took 3-fer. Prior to that big match, he earned 28.5 and 29 points. Jenny Gunn collected 84 points in previous three matches with 20+ points in all those three games. Amanda Wellington has been contributing with the bat too which is why she has 30+ points in her last two matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Danielle Wyatt, Chamari Atapattu, Suzie Bates, Amy Jones
Vice-Captain – Mignon du Preez, Tammy Beaumont, Georgia Elwiss, Amanda Wellington
Danielle Wyatt bagged a duck in the previous match but has done enough before that to be considered as captain. Amy Jones bounced back to form with two big knocks and could continue that rhythm.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones
Batsmen – Danielle Wyatt (C), Chamari Atapattu (VC), Georgia Adams
All-Rounders – Suzie Bates, Georgia Elwiss
Bowlers – Amanda Wellington, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Kirstie Gordon
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Amy Jones (C)
Batsmen – Chamari Atapattu, Danielle Wyatt, Mignon du Preez, Jo Gardner, Maia Bouchier
All-Rounders – Suzie Bates (VC)
Bowlers – Amanda Wellington, Tash Farrant, Jenny Gunn, Kirstie Gordon
Loughborough Lightning have not tried their replacement player Shabnim Ismail yet. However, she could be included for this match if they think her experience will be helpful in the finals day.
Loughborough Lightning are expected to make it to the final.
*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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