Time: 14 Mar, 6.30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Cloudy weather, along with some rain, is forecast for this game. The team defending a score has won three out of the last four games at this venue.
Probable XI for South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Sune Luus (c), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka
Probable XI for England: Lauren Winfield Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Laura Wolvaardt has been the best batter for South Africa in this World Cup with scores of 71 and 45. She averages 55 in her last five ODIs, including the highest score of 117. Given her current form, she remains a top pick in fantasy leagues.
Shabnim Ismail bowled South Africa to victory (3 wickets) against Pakistan and even walked away with the Player of the Match award. She also happens to be the leading wicket-taker (16) against England.
Natalie Sciver is only one of the four players to have scored a century (109*) in the ongoing World Cup. She has also chipped in with the ball by picking 3 wickets.
With 6 wickets in two outings, Ayabonga Khaka is the joint-highest wicket-taker in this tournament. In her last 5 ODIs, she has bagged 15 wickets.
Lizelle Lee might have scored only 2 in the match against Pakistan. However, she is the leading run-scorer (445 at 63.57) for South Africa against England in the ODIs.
Although England lost to West Indies, Sophie Ecclestone’s shone with both bat (33*) and ball (3 for 20). She also bowled 4 maidens, for which fantasy players were handsomely rewarded with bonus points.
32 runs with the bat and 5 dismissals with the gloves: Trisha Chetty has added valuable fantasy points in both games. Against Pakistan, she has also scored three fifties, including the highest score of 90.
Heather Knight might have scored only 45 runs in the last two games, but she averages a whopping 97.50 against South Africa. She also has a knack of breaking partnerships with the ball.
Marizanne Kapp is a utility cricketer for South Africa. She is capable of getting handy runs in the middle-overs and gives regular breakthroughs with the ball.
Tammy Beaumont has enjoyed opening the batting and scoring freely. From the warm-up games to the first two matches against Australia and West Indies, she has scored 193 runs.
If England are to get back to winning ways, they would need a meaningful contribution from their experienced seamers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole.
Both teams have met 38 times in the ODIs, out of which England have won 29 and South Africa 8. However, England have lost both their games in this World Cup and will be challenged by a very formidable South African side who have beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan earlier in the tournament.