The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women will be played at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
The match starts at 12:00 PM local time (11:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (4:30 AM IST).
This game will be live on Sky Sport TV in New Zealand.
South Africa Women’s tour of New Zealand set to begin on Saturday when the two sides face off in the first game of the 3-match ODI series which is part of ICC Women’s ODI Championship. The first two matches of this series will be played at the Auckland’s Eden Park Outer Oval while the last ODI will be hosted by Hamilton’s Seddon Park. This ODI series will be followed by a 5-match T20I as a preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. South Africa will be boosted by the return of their regular skipper Dane van Niekerk who will be playing her first International game since February 2019.
The weather forecast doesn’t suggest any chances of rain and the match is likely to be finished without any interruptions.
The Eden Park Outer Oval hosted only one Women’s ODI in the last five years. In February 2017, the New Zealand Women chased down the target of 276 set by Australia. However, the matches in both Men’s and Women’s cricket in the current have been played on slower surfaces. Hence, we might not see totals over 225 in the game to be played on Saturday.
Average 1st innings score: 275 (Women’s ODIs since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
New Zealand Women:
Rachel Priest (WK), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (C), Lauren Down, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Anna Peterson, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair.
Bench – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek.
South Africa Women:
Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Mignon du Preez, Sune Luss, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Tumi Sekhukhune, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka/Nadine De Klerk.
Bench – Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka /Nadine De Klerk, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase.
Jess Kerr has been in impressive form during the Women’s Super Smash where she bagged 20 wickets in 11 matches. She finished as tournament’s leading wicket-taker ahead of her younger sister Amelia Kerr. Jess also picked seven wickets across five matches in the Women’s One-Day Cup. Dane Van Niekerk has scored 602 runs since the start of 2018 in ODIs at an average of 60.2 with a century and four fifties. She also picked up 8 wickets in the 14 ODIs she played in this span. Sophie Devine’s ODI numbers are even impressive in this period as she scored 693 runs with help of three tons and three fifties in 13 innings. She also picked 11 wickets at an average of 32.09 as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sophie Devine, Dane Van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp
Vice-captain options – Laura Wolvaardt, Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Trisha Chetty
Batters – Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Katie Perkins
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Dane Van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp (VC), Amelia Kerr
Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lizelle Lee
Batters – Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Chloe Tryon
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp, Amelia Kerr (VC)
Bowlers – Tumi Sekhukhune, Hayley Jensen, Jess Kerr
A 3-way battle could be seen between Anna Peterson, Jess Kerr and Leigh Kasperek as only two of the three can be picked in the playing XI. Jess Kerr received a national call-up for the first time and is likely to be picked in the XI as it gives her proper exposure ahead of T20 World Cup. Paterson was in great form with handful runs with the bat. This means, in all likelihood, only one of Peterson and Kasperek are likely to find a place in the XI.
England Women are expected to start the series with a big win.
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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