Date: 12 March 2021
Time: 9:00 am (IST)
Venue: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
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After two contrasting matches in the bilateral cricket series between India Women and South Africa Women, the teams will meet for the third ODI at the same venue. While the first fixture saw India play cricket for the first time in almost a year as the hosts received a thrashing in the hands of the Proteas, the second saw them return the favour to the opponents. Both teams would now look to clinch the crucial third contest and take a lead heading into the final two matches of the series.
Matches- 2 | Runs- 94 | Avg- 94.00 | SR- 111.90
Matches-2 | Runs- 89 | Avg- 44.50 | SR- 72.36
Matches- 2 | Wickets- 6 | ER- 4.00
Matches- 2 | Wickets- 4 | ER- 4.62
After South Africa stitched an eight wicket win in the first ODI, India seemed no match for their class and were also, fair to say, not pretty well prepared playing their first match in almost a year. However, the Indian women's team which turned for the second fixture looked a completely different unit. There was almost a role-reversal of sorts with even the toss going in India's favour as they opted to field first and completed a one-sided win.
So while the Mithali Raj-led side would look to win the match, building on the confidence from a dominant win, the visitors would want to get back to winning ways and produce a performance similar to the opening game. Even if a few wickets fall, the senior members of either teams would look to step up and stop the team from going down the hill and at least post a fighting total.
An honest assessment of the series will also capture how both matches were won not only by the better teams but also due to the mistakes committed by the opponents. An ODI where both the teams give their best can perhaps produce a thrilling test between two top quality international sides.
Probable Playing XI
Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wk), Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi
South Africa Women:
Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (c), Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail
Wicketkeepers: Sushma Verma, Trisha Chetty
Batsmen: Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Laura Wolvaardt, Harmanpreet Kaur, Lizelle Lee
All-Rounders: Marizanne Kapp, Deepti Sharma, Sune Luus
Bowlers: Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka
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