The Indian women's team got an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing T20I series as they beat the South African women by 51 runs in the most recent game.
India had won the first T20I by 11 runs, while the next two games were abandoned due to rain. That being said, South Africa Women have got one more chance to prove themselves before the final T20I which will be played on October 4th.
Date- Thursday, October 3
Time- 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Lalabhai Contractor Stadium
India Women Team News
Shafali Shah and Smriti Mandhana will once again be expected to open the innings for the women in blue.
Shafali Shah scored a quick-fire 46 of 33 deliveries, while Smriti Mandhana is yet to show her brilliant best in the ongoing series.
Teenage sensation, Jemimah Rodrigues chipped in with a valuable knock of 33 from 22 balls in the previous T20I. Rodrigues at number three along with Harmanpreet Kaur at four adds quality to the batting lineup.
All-rounder, Deepti Sharma once again displayed her true worth and scored an unbeaten 20 of 16 balls. The 22-year-old also picked up a wicket while conceding just 19 runs in her four-over spell.
However, it was the wrist-spinner, Poonam Yadav who stole the show by scalping three wickets for just 13 runs in three overs.
Radha Yadav gave adequate support and picked a couple of wickets as well.'
Though Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar went wicketless, they will be expected to be in the playing eleven.
India Women (Squad) – Shafali Shah, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Harleen Deol, Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Mansi Joshi
South Africa Women Team News
The South African side could have had a different result had they been more disciplined on the field and hung on to their catches. But, it wasn't to be as India went away wit a series win.
Lizelle Lee is yet to come good for South Africa in the series. Tazmin Brits hasn't done anything too significant with the bat either.
Laura Wolvaardt scored 23 of 24 but was dismissed by Radha Yadav just when she was looking to score quick.
Mignon du Preez scored 59 of 43 deliveries in the firstT20I but was out on a golden duck by Poonam Yadav in the most recent game.
Captain, Sune Luus hasn't been much of an influence with bat or ball and will be expected to step up in the final T20I.
Shabnam Ismail and Nadine de Klerk have looked most impressive for South Africa with the ball.
South Africa women (Squad)- Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Anneke Bosch, Sinalo Jafta, Nondumiso Shangase
SA-W vs IN-W | Possible Playing Eleven
India Women- Shafali Shah, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav
South Africa Women- Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba
With Smriti Mandhana not having done much in the series so far, one can expect the law of averages to work in favour of Mandhana given the quality batter she is.
Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Poonam Yadav also impose to be threats against Sout Africa.
For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail has looked quality with her pace bowling. Though Ismail went wicket-less in the last game, she took three wickets in the first T20I for 26 runs.
Nadine de Klerk has also done well with the ball for South Africa and has picked four wickets in the two T20Is.
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