The hosts India Women and the visitors South Africa Women will face for the last time in the three-match Women’s T20I series this Tuesday (23rd March) night at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow).
South Africa have already secured this away T20I series too as they are leading it by 2-0 with one match to go. After winning the first game of this series by 8 wickets with 5 balls remaining, they won the second match of this series by 6 wickets on the last ball of the match.
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 3rd Women’s T20I – Match Preview
After losing the Women’s ODI series by the 4-1 margin, India Women again lost the Women’s T20I series as they lost the first two games of this series. While they suffered an easy defeat in the first T20I, they just failed to save the last T20I where they lost on the final ball of the match.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur missed out on the first two matches of this series due to a hip-flexor injury and there is no assurance of her presence in the series finale. Stand-in captain Smriti Mandhana failed to score good runs in the first two matches of this series as her scores in this series are 11 and 7 respectively.
While Harleen Deol has scored 83 runs in this series (52 & 31) along with taking two wickets in this T20I series, Shafali Verma has scored 70 runs (23 & 47). In the last game, the 17-year-old Richa Ghosh also played a fiery knock of 44 not out off just 26 balls. Also, after some weak performances in the ODI series, Jemimah Rodrigues scored 30 and 16 runs respectively in this T20I series.
India Women bowlers are struggling to take the wickets in a consistent way. However, fielding disappointment is one of the biggest reasons for the bowlers’ unsuccess.
Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma (wk), Nuzhat Parveen (wk), Ayushi Soni, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, C. Prathyusha, Simran Dil Bahadur
South Africa Women
While South Africa Women won both the first two games of this series and they have already confirmed this Women’s T20I series, they have the great chance to whitewash the hosts in this series by winning the last match of this series.
Among their batters in this series, opener Lizelle Lee has scored 78 runs (8 & 70), Anneke Bosch has scored 68 runs (66* & 2), captain Sune Luus has scored 63 runs (43 & 20) and Laura Wolvaardt has scored 62 runs (9* & 53*).
Pacer Shabnim Ismail has taken 4 wickets in two matches of this series while Anneke Bosch has bagged 3 wickets and Ayabonga Khaka has picked up 2 wickets in this series.
Sune Luus (C), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunniclife, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 3rd Women’s T20I – Match Prediction
South Africa Women are favourite for the last Women’s T20I of this series. However, India Women are slowly getting their shape back but they still have much to do.