We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for England Women vs South Africa Women’s Match
The wicket at Edgbaston has started turning and making run-scoring a bit tricky. The middle overs especially have been a challenge for keeping the scoreboard ticking.
Time: Aug 2, 3:30 PM IST
Probable XIs for England & South Africa
If Heather Knight is fit, she will be back at the helm and replace Maia Bouchier in the middle order.
Probable XI for England: Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Natalie Sciver (c), Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn
Probable XI for South Africa: Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Power Players for England Women vs South Africa Women’s Match
Sophie Ecclestone was the Player of the Series for taking five wickets at an average of 14 in the recently concluded T20Is against South Africa. Against Sri Lanka in the opening game, she took 3for 25. She is the No.1 bowler in ICC T20Is Rankings for a reason.
Since the England series, Laura Wolvaardt has scored three fifties, one forty, and two twenties in seven white-ball games. Against England, she has one fifty in six T20I innings.
Chloe Tryon’s 39 off 17 kept South Africa in the hunt until she got run out. She hit three fours and as many sixes, toying with the New Zealand bowlers. She, as a matter of fact, has been hitting runs consistently of late. In the ODIs against England last month, she registered 88 and 70.
Nat Sciver’s ability to score runs at a brisk rate and pick wickets at crucial intervals makes her a popular player in fantasy cricket. Against South Africa, she has a fifty, two thirties, and six wickets to her name.
Smart Picks for England Women vs South Africa Women’s Match
Katherine Brunt has a reasonable record against South Africa. She has taken 14 wickets in 13 T20Is, including a four-wicket haul last month.
Sune Luus, after six consecutive single-digit scores, went bonkers with a knock of 32 off 18. Demoting herself from No.3 to 6 has worked in her favour. Her highest score against England read 63*.
In her last five T20Is, N Mlaba has taken seven wickets, comprising the three-wicket haul against England last month.
Heather Knight averages 36 against South Africa, scoring four twenties and a thirty. In her last five T20Is, she has two thirties and a twenty.
Ayabonga Khaka has taken two three-wicket hauls in five T20Is against England. She is South Africa’s premier strike bowler.
It was Alice Capsey’s 44 off 45 that kept England in the hunt in a stuttering chase of 107 against Sri Lanka. It was only her third T20I, and she showed nerves of steel.
England Women vs South Africa Women Match Preview
England drubbed South Africa 3-0 last month at home. Overall, they have won 18 of 21 T20Is against South Africa. The overall team combination and the recent performances keep them ahead in the race. South Africa will have to, especially, bowl with great discipline to put England on the back foot.