India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 1st ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 1st ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Smriti Mandhana has been ruled out of the ODI series and Pooja Vastrakar has been named her replacement.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between India Women and South Africa Women will be hosted by the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.

The match starts at 9:00 AM local time & IST (3:30 AM GMT).


India Women won the six-match T20 International series against South Africa Women by 3-1. The focus of the tour now shifts to the ODIs with all the three matches scheduled to be played at the same venue. This series also starts India’s preparation for the World Cup in 2021. Mithali Raj will also be back in action as the leader of the pack after retiring from the T20Is earlier this year.

South Africa, on the other hand, would be glad that they finished the T20I series on a high with a thumping victory and take that confidence into the first ODI. The experienced Marizanne Kapp is back for them while the visitors continue to miss their regular skipper Dane van Niekerk. Sune Luus continues to lead the side in her absence and will hope to triumph over the home side.

Weather Condition/Report:

Unseasonal rains have troubled Vadodara a lot with a lot of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches getting washed out. However, the weather has improved considerably over the last few days and even for this match, no rain is in the forecast. The temperature will hover around 30-34 Degrees Celsius during the match according to AccuWeather.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Reliance Stadium is hosting a Women’s ODI for the first time. It last hosted an international game back in 2010 and it is tough to predict the behaviour of the surface. If the sun continues to beat down, the track is expected to get slower and slower as the match progresses. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first.

Average first innings score: 268 (In 13 ODIs at the venue)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 6; Lost – 7

Team News:

Smriti Mandhana has been ruled out of the series due to a fractured toe. Pooja Vastrakar has been named her replacement.

Probable Playing XIs:

India Women

Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht.

Bench: Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Dayalan Hemalatha

South Africa Women:

Lizelle Lee (WK), Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty/Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (C), Lara Goodall/Nondumiso Shangase, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune.

Bench: Lara Goodall/Nondumiso Shangase, Tazmin Brits/Trisha Chetty, Nonkululeko Mlaba.

Top Picks:

In Smriti Mandhana’s absence, Mithali Raj becomes a crucial pick in the Fantasy team. Along with her, Harmanpreet Kaur will also be important who is also likely to bowl a few overs. Deepti Sharma is a genuine all-rounder and in the ODIs, she will contribute significantly with both bat and ball.

For South Africa, Marizanne Kapp is a must in the Fantasy team and Du Preez will also be important. Sune Luus has also regained her form with a brilliant knock in the last T20I and she might earn some valuable fantasy points with bat and ball.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma

Vice-Captain Options: Poonam Yadav, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters – Mithali Raj (C), Jemimah Rodrigues, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Deepti Sharma, Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk

Bowlers – Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Shabnim Ismail.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters – Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Deepti Sharma (VC), Marizanne Kapp

Bowlers – Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Shabnim Ismail.

Expert Advice:

The nature of the pitch is unknown and it would be better to pick batters and bowlers from both sides. Have more all-rounders in your team as they will earn more points with bat and ball. Making them C and VC would be a wise move. Though it shouldn’t be a bad option to make Mithali Raj C or VC as she will be looking to make a strong comeback.

Probable Winners:

India Women are expected to start the series on a winning note.

*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.