IN-W vs SA-W, 1st T20I – Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

IN-W vs SA-W, 1st T20I – Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the first T20I.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Match Details

The first game of the T20I series between India Women and South Africa Women will be played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on 20th March 2021.

The match will start at 7:00 PM IST. The live streaming of the game will be available on the Hotstar app.

Preview 

After going down by 4-1 in the ODI series, India Women will be upbeat and would aim for redemption when they take on South Africa Women in the T20I series. This will also be India’s first match in the format after their final finish in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in early 2020.

The conditions will be slightly different when it comes to this game, as it will be played under lights. All the matches of the recently concluded ODI series were day affairs, which didn’t bring the dew factor into play. It might be a little difficult for the bowlers to control the ball. 

This might not be idle for the Indian captain Smriti Mandhana who is set to take over in Kaur’s absence who has been ruled out of the first T20I. In addition to that, South Africa has been really impressive with the bat, producing some really good partnerships. India, often during the ODI series had struggled to break these partnerships, which led to their downfall. 

Harmanpreet accepted that the team wasn’t well-oiled when they came into the series, considering the fact they were playing in an international match after a year. However, Harman along with her girls would hope to produce a spirited performance in the shorter format. Batting efficiently and scoring quickly would be something on their cards as of now.

Probable Playing XIs

India

Predicted XI: Smriti Mandhana (C), Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Nuzhat Parween, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sushma Verma (wk), Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Mansi Joshi

South Africa:

Predicted XI: Lizelle Lee, Tasmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus, Sinalo Jafta, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase, Ayabonga Khaka

Captaincy picks: 

Smriti Mandhana

A lot of T20 batting depends on the left-handed opening batter. She is one of the chief destructors in the Indian Women’s line-up. She has 1716 runs in T20I cricket with a strike rate of around 120. She wasn’t in good form during the ODIs but did manage to get a 64-ball 80 in one of the matches. India would want a similar kind of effort from her in the T20Is. 

Lizelle Lee: 

The right-handed opening batter was in some sensational form with the bat during the ODIs. She made 288 runs in that series at an average of 144. Her strike rate of 86.23 during the ODIs, which gives an idea that she could really destructive when she turns out for the T20Is. 

Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips

2-Player Team

Lizelle Lee, Smriti Mandhana (C)

3-Player Team

Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Shafali Verma (C)

4-Player Team

Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee (C), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Smriti Mandhana

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.