WS vs SS Dream11 Match Preview:
True to their name, the Western Storm have genuinely taken the league by storm this season. Winning all six of their games with an NRR of 0.979, The Storm are cruising their way into the play-offs.
They would like to continue their merry-run when they take on the Surrey Stars who have had a roller-coaster ride of their own. The defending champs are in a crunch battle to make it into the play-offs, and a defeat here could prove to be a jolting blow to their championship defense.
Western Storm vs Surrey Stars
August 21, 19:30 (IST)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Western Storm Squad: Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Rachel Priest, Fran Wilson, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Sonia Odedra, Naomi Dattani, Sophie Luff, Freya Davies, Danielle Gibson, Amara Carr, Claire Nicholas, Ellie Mitchell, Alex Griffiths
Surrey Stars Squad: Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver (c), Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Grace Gibbs, Aylish Cranstone, Hannah Jones, Eva Gray, Mady Villiers, Rhianna Southby, Gwenan Davies, Amy Gordon
Western Storm: Invincible's this season, the Storm's are on their way to finishing the job from last season.
Smriti Mandhana has been superb this season at the top ably supported by Heather Knight, Fran Wilson and Rachel Priest who have all been amongst the runs.
All-rounder Deepti Sharma has struggled with the bat, but she's made up for it with the ball.
Freya Davies has been the pick of the bowlers alongside Claire Nicolas with excellent support from Anya Shrubsole.
Rachel Priest (wk), Smriti Mandhana, Heather Knight (c), Fran Wilson, Sophie Luff, Deepti Sharma, Naomi Dattani, Anya Shrubsole, Sonia Odedra, Freya Davies, Alex Griffiths
Surrey Stars: The Stars suffered their third successive defeat last night against the Diamonds and are massively derailed in their title defense.
Bryony Smith and Sarah Taylor got out cheaply again, Captain Nat Sciver and Lizelle Lee offered some resistance but not for long.
Van Niekerk and Kapp combined to put up a useful 59 run stand propelling the score to 121.
The Bowlers tried their level best and took the game to the last over but to no avail.
L Lee, BF Smith, SJ Taylor, NR Sciver (c), D van Niekerk, M Kapp, A Cranstone, LA Marsh, MK Villiers, GM Davies, A Gordon.
Smriti Mandhana: The Indian opener has started right from where she left off last season. She has scored 235 runs this season at an average of 39.16 and a mind-boggling strike rate of 145.96. She goes into this game on the back of scores like 72 against the Lancashire Thunder and 70 against the Yorkshire Diamonds.
Heather Knight: The Western Storm skipper has played the role of perfect deputy to Smriti Mandhana's lead act. She has amassed 185 runs so far at an average of 45.61. She has bowled some economical spells as well.
Dane Van Niekerk: The South-African stepped with the bat last night. She has cored 74 runs thus far claimed 8 wickets.