New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 2020: 1st T20I – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 2020: 1st T20I – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Lizelle Lee ended as the leading run-scorer with 157 runs in three games for her side in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand.

Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 1st of the 5-match T20I series between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).


New Zealand Women recently lost ODI series against the same opponent. Now, they will lock horns in the shorter format of the series. They will look to get back on the winning track as they are still due to taste their first win against South Africa women. In batting, they have Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates who will have to take the responsibility to score some good runs in the series opener. Meanwhile, their bowling looks quite consistent under Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr and Leigh Kasperek.

On the other hand, South Africa women will be having a great momentum as they recently defeated the hosts with sheer dominance. All their players are in great form. And, if they replicate their good form in the upcoming match then they will surely come out as winners in the 1st T20I. The visitors will certainly bank on their star players like Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez in the upcoming clash.

Weather Condition/Report:

The weather is expected to be clear for a cricket match with no chances of rain on the match day. The wind is expected to blow at a rate of 19 and 30 km/hr whereas the temperature will deviate between 19 and 30 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The track at Bay Oval is expected to go in favour of the batters, who will not find any difficulty in playing their strokes against the bowlers. In the latter part of the game, the spinners might extract some turn from the wicket and it will also leave an important impact over the outcome of the match. The side that wins the toss will look to bat first as according to the trends of this ground.

Average 1st innings score: 199 (T20I games played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 0

Injury and Availability:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

New Zealand Women:

Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (C), Katey Martin (WK), Katie Perkins, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Rosemary Mair, Jess Kerr.

Bench – Rachel Priest, Anna Peterson, Holly Huddleston

South Africa Women:

Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee (WK), Sune Luss, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Mignon du Preez, Nadine De Klerk, Chloe Tryon/Tumi Sekhukhune, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas.

Bench – Tumi Sekhukhune/Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase.

Top Picks:

Lizelle Lee will be an obvious pick for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. She ended as the leading run-scorer with 157 runs in three games for her side. Suzie Bates is another player, who can well contribute with the bat as she is in good form. She mustered 142 runs in the recently concluded three-match ODI series. Sune Luus also did a good job with the ball for her team in the recent past.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Sophie Devine, Dane Van Niekerk, Suzie Bates

Vice-captain options – Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper Lizelle Lee (C)

Batters – Suzie Bates, Katie Perkins, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luss, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (VC), Marizanne Kapp

Bowlers – Ayabonga Khaka, Jess Kerr, Shabnim Ismail

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters –Lauren Down, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez (C), Chloe Tryon

All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Marizanne Kapp, Dane Van Niekerk (VC)

Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Jess Kerr, Leigh Kasperek

Expert Advice:

On a batting-friendly wicket, the Dream11 Fantasy users should go with a combination of one wicketkeeper, five specialist batters, two all-rounders and three bowlers.

Nadine de Clerk is a decent all-rounder and might bat at four as well. You can pick her in your team and is also a VC candidate.

Probable Winners:

South Africa Women are expected to register a consolation win.

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.