With an eye on women World T20, India is all set to  clash with Proteas under World Cup star Harmanpreet Kaur. India bagged the ODI series against South Africa by 2-1 and they would eye to continue their dominance in the Twenty20 series, slated to kick-start on Tuesday.

 

Good news for cricket frenzies:

All the cricket fans who longed to watch their heroes in action would now be able to watch the live streaming of all five women’s matches.  The first two matches would be streamed on Cricket South Africa’s Youtube Channel and the reamining three would be broadcasted on television.

The first match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm IST.

 

Schedule:

                                               India vs South Africa Women T20I Series
S.NoDateMatchVenue
113-February1st T20IPotchefstroom
216- February2nd T20IEast London
318-February3rd T20IJohannesburg
421-February4th T20ICenturion
524-February5th T20ICape Town

 

Road to Women World T20:

This series would help India gear up for the upcoming World T20 which is to be held in West Indies this November.

India has not played any T20I in over a year, with their last shortest format game being a championship winning run at the Asia Cup in December.

 

Expectations from Veda Krishnamurthy and skipper Harmanpreet:

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy have proved their mettle in the Women’s Big Bash League. Playing for Hobart Hurricanes, Krishnamurthy scored 144 runs in nine innings, while Harmanpreet, who was retained by Sydney Thunders made 107 in seven innings. Krishnamurthy has already given a glimpse of her quick-scoring abilities with a 33-balls 51 and a 64-balls 56 in the second and third ODIs on this tour.

 

New inclusions:

India has roped in T20 specialist Anuja Patil, debutant Radha Yadav and wicket-keeper Nuzhat Parveen. Jemimah Rodrigues, the 17-year-old who came into limelight after scoring a double century in the domestic league in the latter part of 2017, is also part of the squad.

 

All eyes on Harmanpreet’s captaincy:

In April 2013, Kaur was handed the captaincy when Mithali Raj was rested for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh. In November 2016, she replaced Raj as captain of the T20 team for the series against West Indies.

Harmapreet’s captaincy record is impressive in which India has achieved a win-loss ratio of 2.250.

Harmanpreet has reached to great heights in terms of stature, marketability and has established herself as an international cricketer.

But, would she be able to take her team closer towards the dream of clinching a T20I World Cup or not, only time will tell.