Date: 20th March 2021
Time: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
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India Women lock horns with South Africa Women in the 1st T20I at Lucknow. South Africa drubbed India 4-1 and would be high on confidence, ahead of this encounter. Meanwhile, India Women need to turn things around in this series and would be looking forward to winning it.
India Women were quite dismal in the ODI series, barring a few individual performances. Mithali Raj was quite sensational in the entire series but she has retired from T20I cricket. A major issue for Team India was their opening combination. Jemimah Rodrigues failed in the 3 matches she played in and then Priya Punia was brought in. Smriti Mandhana and her change of partners failed to give India a good start and Punam Raut and Mithali Raj always came in early. This digressed them from paying their natural game and was a major issue.
However, South Africa Women were outstanding in the entire series. In the last ODI, Mignon Du Preez scored 57 and this was also her second consecutive half-century. She is a name to watch out for. Aneeke Bosch too scored 58. Key partnerships have been another strong point of South Africa and they have capitalized this to their advantage.
Probable Playing 11
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi
South Africa Women:
Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Mignon du Preez, Anneke Bosch, Marizanne Kapp, Tumi, Ayabonga Khaka, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail
Wicket-Keepers: Shafali Verma, Sinalo Jafta
Batsmen: Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodriguez, Lizelle Lee, Shafali Verma
All-Rounders: Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus
Bowlers: Shabnim Ismail, Radha Yadav, Tajeshwari Gayakwad, Ayabonga Khaka
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