Date: 10 February 2023
Time: 10:30 PM IST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
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The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 kicks off on 10 February in South Africa with a match between hosts South Africa and Sri Lanka. The two teams will square off at the Newlands in Cape Town. Both teams will look for a positive start and take an early lead. However, it is to be seen if Sri Lanka can topple South Africa at their home. Meanwhile, the hosts will be determined to make good use of the momentum they have after beating India in the summit clash of the Women’s T20 Tri-series recently.
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The Sune Luus-led team has got the resources to beat Sri Lanka. The likes of Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, and the captain herself will be crucial for South Africa if they are to put up a good score on the board or even when they are chasing a target. Meanwhile, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, and Ayabong Khaka will be the key bowlers.
For Sri Lanka, it will be a daunting task ahead. The Chamari Athapaththu-led team has not played much T20 cricket recently. However, the two warm-up games have give them some game time ahead of the big first match. Athapaththu, as usual, will be the key batter for Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the likes of Oshadi Ranasinghe and Sugandika Kumari will look to keep the South African batters in check.
The pitch at Newlands tends to get better for batting as the game progresses and hence teams chasing a total have a better chance of winning the match. So, toss becomes crucial at this venue.
South Africa Women Squad: South Africa squad: Annerie Dercksen, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Ayabonga Khaka, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Tazmin Brits, Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Sinalo Jafta, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Delmi Tucker.
Sri Lanka Women Squad: Squad: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Vishmi Gunaratne, Tharika Sewwandi, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani.
South Africa have got decent high-octane game practice as they played against India in the recently concluded Women’s T20 Tri-series. The Sune Luus-led team even won the tournament and thus will be brimming with confidence. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Women faltered big time at Asia Cup 2022.
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