Deadline: September 26, 2019 at 7 PM IST
Venue: Lalabhai Contractor Stadium , Surat
Batters had to toil hard to score runs in the first T20I, eventually producing a low-scoring affair. The pitch isn’t going to get any better for the second contest. The spinners, however, will be itching to trap batters yet again.
Heavy downpour is forecasted in the afternoon. Expect a slight delay.
Probable XI for India: Shefali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav
Probable XI for South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolavaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez (wk), Sune Luus (c), Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhue, Nonkululeko Mlaba
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My 11: Mignon du Preez (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Nadine de Klerk, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Shabnim Ismail, Nondumiso Shangese, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav
Players to watch out for
Harmanpreet Kaur‘s 43 runs included only two fours, proving how slow the pitch was. However, it was her resilience that helped India win the match. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, she made sure she keeps the scorecard ticking. The quick running between wickets propelled India to 130 for 8, a competitive score on such kind of pitches.
For South Africa, Mignon du Preez did the bulk of the scoring. She smashed 59 off 43 including 3 sixes. On another day, South Africa would have emerged victorious. The Indian spinners never let them off the hook, making it difficult to accumulate runs.
Deepti Sharma, especially, was spectacular. Her bowling figures of 8 for 3 fetched her the Player of the Series Award. Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, and Radha Yadav took 2 wickets each.
Shabnam Ismail is soon going to dethrone Megan Schutt from the top position in ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers. She dismissed the debutant Shafali Verma in the very first over and then got the better of Veda Krishnamurthy and Radha Yadav in the death overs.
The head-to-head counter reads 5-1 in India’s favour. The only way to beat them is by batting first and buying them under the pressure of chasing.
India Women: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Mansi Joshi, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma
South Africa Women: Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Laura Wolvaardt, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Anne Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Tazmin Brits, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba