Time: 11 Mar, 6.30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
It’s not been a high-scoring ground. After three games, the average score batting first is 235 as compared to 191 in the second innings. Already 45 wickets have fallen at this venue, to keep the bowlers interested going forward.
Probable XI for Pakistan: Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin
Probable XI for South Africa: Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus (c), Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Ayabonga Khaka destroyed Bangladesh with figures 4 for 32 a few days ago and in the process, became only the fifth, South African to take 100 ODI wickets. In her last five outings, she has taken 14 wickets.
With an average of 108.5 in five innings, Aliya Riaz has been phenomenal down the order. She also averages 38.33 against South Africa, including the highest score of 81.
Shabnim Ismail is likely to keep operating with the new ball. She has bagged the most ODI wickets (31) for South Africa against Pakistan at an outstanding average of 19.58.
Although Pakistan lost their last match against Australia, Bismah Mahroof stood tall with a knock of 78. She has also scored 378 ODI runs against South Africa.
Laura Wolvaardt has been in decent touch lately, with scores of 41, 23, and 117 in her last three ODIs. She also averages 47.28, including the highest score of 74* against Pakistan.
Sune Luus might not have a great record with the willow against Pakistan, but has 18 wickets to her credit in 12 games, including the best figures of 5 for 20.
As Australia were busy milking the Pakistani bowlers for easy runs, Omaima Sohail held her own by dismissing marquee players Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy.
Marizanne Kapp finished as the highest scorer for her side (42) against Bangladesh. She can also be useful with the ball. 15 wickets against Pakistan in as many games is an indication of her bowling ability.
Nida Dar has a wealth of experience to deliver with both and ball. Her all-round ability can make a difference in fantasy leagues.
Chloe Tryon has been getting quick and consistent runs in the middle-order. Her recent scores read 39, 20*, 43, and 18. Her spin bowling too can add valuable fantasy points.
If Pakistan are to get back to winning ways, they will need Diana Baig and Anam Amin to strike early with the new ball.
Both sides have locked horns on 24 occasions, out of which South Africa have won 18 and Pakistan 4. South Africa also beat Bangladesh in their opening game, while Pakistan have lost two games in a row and will be hoping for a quick turnaround.