India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India Women vs South Africa Women, 2019: 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

According to the weather report, dark clouds are hovering Surat.

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India women’s team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 2nd match of the T20I series between India Women and South Africa Women will be played at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT). This game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Live Streaming available on Hotstar

Match Preview:

The Women in Blue got off to a great start to their home courtesy an 11-run win over the touring South African Woman and the Harmanpreet-led side will hope to continue with the good when they square-off in the second T20I tomorrow.

India’s win in the first T20I was set-up by a captains knock by Harmanpreet Kaur and their trio of spinners- led by Deepti Sharma. After both Smriti Mandhana [21] and Jemimah Rodrigues [19] failed to capitalize on their starts, Kaur dug in to stitch a crucial 46-run stand with Deepti Sharma [16] in just 5.5 overs.

India eventually ended with a sub-par 8-130 thanks to a flurry of wickets in the end by Nadine de Klerk [2-10] and Ismail [3-26]. Just like their batting, India got off to a worst possible start with Lizelle Lee [16] taking three boundaries off Pooja Vastrakar; an over which also included 5 wides. Shikha Pandey was greeted with the same treatment before the fast bowler cleaned up the dangerous-looking Lee.

But it was the dual wicket strike- first by Deepti Sharma who took out both Tazmin Brits [3] and Nadine de Klerk [0] within a space of four balls before Poonam Yadav did an encore in the 9th over of the South African innings dislodging the likes of Laura Wolvaardt [14] and Sune Luus [0] off successive deliveries.

Reeling at 5-48, South Africam needed a fillip and they got it in the form of Mignon du Preez who scored a swashbuckling 43-ball-59. It was only due to du Preez’s knock that got the Proteas anywhere close to the target. But, sadly due to the paucity of any support from the other end, they ended up 11 runs adrift of the target.

Weather Condition/Report:

Unfortunately, the weather report does not cut good reading folks! According to the weather report, dark clouds are hovering Surat. There is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday. The humidity is expected to be around 82 percent while the maximum and minimum temperature will fluctuate between 26-32 degrees.

Pitch Condition/Report:

As we found out in the first game, the spinners have plenty in the wicket to exploit and the Indian spinners- Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, and Radha Yadav- setting the cats amongst the pigeons for the Proteas batters. But, with thunderstorms expected on Thursday, the pacers might come into play too.

Average score: 152 (Matches in Syed Mushtaq Ali 2018-19)

Head to Head Record: India Women – 5, South Africa Women – 1,

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

India Women:

Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav,

Bench: Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy

South Africa Women:

Lizelle Lee (wk), Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (c), Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune

Bench: Sinalo Jafta, Anne Bosch, Lara Goodall

Top Picks:

India Women: India’s top-order- Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues- did not get their side to the best of starts in the last game. While Verma was out for a duck, both Mandhana [21] and Rodrigues [19] could not capitalize on their starts. With India’s middle-order pretty inexperienced the onus will be on the trio to set a good base for skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and others to launch on in the last overs.

As in the first T20I, the bowling will be spearheaded by the troika of Deepti Sharma [3-8], Poonam Yadav [2-25] and Radha Yadav [2-29].

South Africa Women: Lizelle Lee [16] looked in pristine touch before she was knocked over by Shikha Pandey. Considering there is no Dan van Niekerk, the likes of Lee, Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt will have to show more responsibility than they displayed in the first game. Mignon du Preez scored a swashbuckling 59 and she would hope for more support from his top-order.

The bowling unit will be led by Shabnim Ismail [3-26] and Nadine de Klerk [2-10].

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee

Vice-Captain – Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters – Smriti Mandhana (C),  Mignon du Preez (VC), Laura Wolvaardt, Veda Krishnamurthy

All-Rounders – Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk, Deepti Sharma

Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters – Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Jemimah Rodrigues, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Sune Luus, N de Klerk, Deepti Sharma (C)

Bowlers – Poonam Yadav, Shabnim Ismail, Radha Yadav, Ayabonga Khaka

Expert Advice:

As we saw in the first game, the spinners ruled the roost for India. Also, with inclement weather threatening to play spoilsport, it could be a curtailed game. Hence, picking more top-order batters will be worth a punt.

Probable Winners:

5-1: India’s T20I record against the Proteas. Needless to say, they’ll start as favorites. However, don’t count the Proteas out. With India boasting of a top-heavy batting, things could get really interesting if their bowlers can get early into the home sides middle-order.

*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.