SA-W vs SL-W, 2019, 1st T20I, Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

South Africa Women vs Sri Lanka Women 2019, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Who should be your captain among Chamari Athapaththu, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp?

South African women's team
South African women’s team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka Women will begin their tour of South Africa on February 1st as they take on the hosts in a 3-match T20I series which will be followed by a 3-match ODI series part of the ICC Women’s ODI Championship. Both the teams are coming from a disappointing group stage exit in the recently concluded Women’s World T20. The Proteas defeated the Lankans and Bangladesh before losing to the England and Windies Women in the league phase while Sri Lanka managed to beat only Bangladesh.

There are a couple of changes made to both the squads compared to what they played with during the World event. The hosts even dropped Sune Luus from both T20I and ODI series following her recent poor performances, especially during the WBBL. However, the vice-captain Chloe Tryon has been ruled out of the T20I series only to be replaced by Luus. The T20I series will be simultaneously played along with the Men’s series between the hosts and Pakistan.

Match Details:

The first game of the 3-match T20I series between South Africa Women and Sri Lanka Women will be hosted by the Newlands in Cape Town.

The match starts at 1:00 PM local time (11:00 AM GMT) (4:30 PM IST).

This match will be televised by South African broadcaster, Super Sport. However, there is no information regarding the broadcast details in India yet.

Last five completed T20I matches:

South Africa Women: W, L, L, W, W.

Sri Lanka Women: L, W, L, L, L.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Cape Town produced decent totals for the Women’s matches recently. One of the main reasons being them played prior to the Men’s game on the same track. The pitch here is perfect for the batters and 150+ totals can be witnessed.

Average 1st innings score: 147 (Three Women’s T20Is since 2016)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 0

Probable Playing XI:

South Africa Women:

Lizelle Lee (WK), Dane van Niekerk (C), Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Saarah Smith, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Zintle Mali, Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukhune, Masabata Klaas.

Bench – Tazmin Brits, Lara Goodall, Faye Tunnicliffe.

Sri Lanka Women:

Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu (C), Shashikala Siriwardene, Imalka Mendis, Prasadani Weerakkody, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (WK), Udeshika Prabodhani, Tharika Sewwandi, Inoka Ranaweera, Oshadi Ranasinghe.

Bench – Harshitha Madavi, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya.

Team News:

South Africa Women’s vice-captain Chloe Tryon has been ruled out of this T20I series due to a groin injury and has been replaced by Sune Luus.

Power Picks:

Nadine de Klerk is a promising all-rounder in the hosts’ line-up. The 19-year-old featured during the home T20I series against India but didn’t get many chances to prove. In the recent One-Day domestic tournament, Klerk bagged three wickets and scored 52 runs across three games this season.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Skipper Dane van Niekerk is the best option as captain or vice-captain looking into her form during the Women’s Big Bash League. She could be seen opening the innings which will increase her impact in the game. Even if Niekerk bats down, she has got enough capability to be the MVP of the match. The Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu is also similar to Niekerk and can be considered as the other multiplier. Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp and Shashikala Siriwardene also can be picked.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Lizelle Lee

Batters – Imalka Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Chamari Athapaththu (VC), Dane van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp

Bowlers – Tumi Sekhukhune, Udeshika Prabodhani, Masabata Klaas, Tharika Sewwandi

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Prasadani Weerakkody

Batters – Imalka Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Mignon du Preez

All-Rounders – Chamari Athapaththu, Dane van Niekerk (C), Nadine de Klerk (VC)

Bowlers – Zintle Mali, Shabnim Ismail, Udeshika Prabodhani, Masabata Klaas

Expert Advice:

Chamari Athapaththu, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk and Shashikala Siriwardene are part of the all-rounders category. It will be tough for anyone to choose only three among the five. Niekerk, Athapaththu and Kapp will be safe going into the first game of the series/tour.

Probable Winners:

South Africa Women are expected to begin the T20I series with a comfortable win against the visiting Sri Lanka.

*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.

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