The hosts India Women will compete against South Africa Women in the fourth game of the five-match Women’s ODI series this Sunday (14th March) at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow).
Currently, South Africa Women are leading this series by a 2-1 margin. After the visitors won by 8 wickets in this series opener, the hosts levelled the series by winning the second game by 9 wickets. In the third game, while the rain denied the thrilling finish, the visitors won that game by 6 runs (DLS method).
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 4th Women’s ODI – Match Preview
After losing the first ODI very badly, India Women claimed a big victory in the second game in this series. In the third game, they fought really hard and it was a really close contest but the late rain denied their last fight in that game. Now, the hosts India Women must have to win both the remaining matches to win this ODI series.
Punam Raut is in good form with the bat as she has scored 149 runs in three games as her scores in this series are 10, 62* and 77. Smriti Mandhana has also scored 119 runs in three games as her scores are 14, 80* and 25. Also, captain Mithali Raj and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur played the knocks of 50 and 40 runs respectively in the series-opener while both of them scored 36 runs in the last game.
Pacer Jhulan Goswami is in great form with the ball as she has picked up 8 wickets in three matches, including one match-winning four-fer. Also, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad has got 4 wickets in this series.
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
While South Africa Women are leading this series, they have a great chance to win this series as they need to win one more match in this series.
Opener Lizelle Lee is in impressive form with the bat in the present moment as she is the leading run-scorer in this series by scoring 219 runs in three innings. After scoring 83 not out and 4 in the first two games of this series, she scored another impressive match-winning knock of 132 not out in the last rain-marred game. Her other opening partners, Laura Wolvaardt scored 80 runs in the opening game of this series while she and Lee put the 169 runs partnership for the first wicket in that game.
Captain Sune Luus, who missed the game due to her illness, scored 36 runs in the second match where Lara Goodall also scored 49 runs in that same match.
The right-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail is shining with the ball in hand in this series as she has achieved 6 successes in three matches of 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 Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune
India Women vs South Africa Women 2021, 4th Women’s ODI – Match Prediction
South Africa Women now have the advantage in this series. But the hosts India Women are trying hard to fight back from any position.