On Friday (12th March), the hosts India Women will fight against South Africa Women in the third game of the five-match Women’s ODI series at Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow).
Currently, this series is standing in the 1-1 position. While South Africa Women won this series-opener by 8 wickets, India Women took better revenge in the next match by claiming a 9-wicket win.
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 3rd Women’s ODI – Match Preview
Restarting international cricket after one long year, India Women started this series with a big defeat. But they have made a superb comeback in this series by winning the second game in a dominant way. Surely, the hosts will try their best to continue their latest form.
In the last game, Smriti Mandhana scored 80 not out while Punam Raut scored 62 not out. In the series opener, when most of the India Women batters struggled, skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur shined with their bats by scoring 50 and 40 runs respectively.
But the experienced pacer Jhulan Goswami is in impressive form with the ball in hand. After managing to take two wickets in this series opener (2/38), where all other Indian bowlers failed to take other wickets, she managed the Player of the Match level bowling figures of 10-0-42-4. Also, Rajeshwari Gayakwad got three wickets in the last Women’s ODI (3/37). Mansi Joshi also bowled very well in the last game as she finished with bowling figures of 7-1-23-2.
Mithali Raj (C), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), D. Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Swetha Verma (wk), Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C. Prathyusha, Monica Patel
South Africa Women
After a great one-sided victory in this Women’s ODI series opener, South Africa Women suffered a thrashing defeat in the second match of this series.
In the first game of this series, their openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt built up the 169 runs partnership. While Wolvaardt was out after scoring 80 runs, Lee scored 83 not out to secure a very comfortable win in that match. In the second ODI, while all other batters failed to score even 15 runs in their innings, only captain Sune Luus (36) and Lara Goodall (49) managed to play some respectable knock for the visitors.
Pacer Shabnim Ismail got three wickets (3/28) in the series opener while she got one wicket (1/46) in the last game. While the bowlers were very disciplined in this series opener, they had very limited opportunities in the last match.
Sune Luus (C), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 3rd Women’s ODI – Match Prediction
Both India Women and South Africa Women have claimed one big victory each in this series. A win in the third game will put the winners ahead in this series. While India Women have the better Women’s ODI records against South Africa Women, the hosts’ latest victory can put them in high confidence that can become the series-decider.