Date: March 7, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM IST
Venue: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
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International women’s cricket resumes in the country as India hosts South Africa for a 5-match ODI series, starting on Sunday. While the Indian team has been out of action for almost 1 year, Sune Luus’ side is coming on the back of an impressive victory against Pakistan Women at home. With some of the top stars of women cricket in action, it is going to be a thrilling start to the highly-anticipated series in Lucknow.
Mithali Raj will lead the Indian side in the ODI series, which will also feature Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. While the team has been out of action since last year’s T20I World Cup in Australia, the Indian cricketers did feature in the Women’s T20 Challenge held last year. Left-arm spinner Radha Yadav was the most impressive player in UAE as she finished the tournament with 8 wickets to her name. While wrist-spinner Poonam Yadav will also play a crucial role in Lucknow, there will be high expectations from the talented batter Jemimah Rodrigues as well.
South Africa, on the other hand, are coming to this series on the back of a dominating series win at home against Pakistan Women. While the Proteas completed a clean sweep in the ODIs, they won the T20I series by 2-1. They will certainly be riding high on confidence after some scintillating performances by their players at home. Pacer Shabnim Ismail was fantastic for them as she scalped 7 wickets in the ODI series. Laura Wolvaardt also had an impressive series, finishing with 125 runs in 3 matches. With some quality players in their side, South Africa Women will certainly pose a huge challenge to Mithali Raj’s side.
When the South African team visited India in 2019, Mithali Raj’s side had won the series comfortably 3-0. The hosts will be hoping to do the same this time around as well.
Probable Playing XI
Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Mansi Joshi
South Africa Women:
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus (c), Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Wicket-Keepers: Sushma Verma, Trisha Chetty
Batters: Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt
All-Rounders: Deepti Sharma, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk
Bowlers: Shabnim Ismail, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav
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