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|Amy Ellen Jones||6||3||1||0||200.00|
|Dane van Niekerk||4.0||0||21||0||5.25|
|Mignon du Preez||8||5||1||0||160.00|
|Dane van Niekerk||25||19||4||0||131.58|
The South African women had a very tough day in the office when they saw New Zealand and then England rack up record scores against them consigning them to two heavy defeats in one single day. It will be England that is required to play two international T20 matches on the same day now as they first take on South Africa and then New Zealand.
The form that the English women have been in, though, has been brilliant and we don’t think they would mind playing two matches in one day at all. The situation is pretty dire for South Africa going into this match. They have lost their first two games by a heavy margin and must somehow try to repeat that dose.
Beating England in this form is not going to be easy. Can South Africa come up with something special?
Is there any doubt as to who the overwhelming favorite is going into this match? England is setting new benchmarks in both the men’s game and the women’s game when it comes to limited overs cricket and what we saw in Taunton was another exhibition of that.
Tammy Beaumont scored a brilliant hundred laced with boundaries and ended up carrying her bat. At no point did she see troubled by the opposition bowling and that is saying something considering the much-vaunted pace attack that South Africa possess. England’s total of 250 was far beyond the earlier record total, set in the previous match on the same ground.
The spotlight, deservedly so, was on Beaumont and her century but the other contributions from the English batters were spectacular as well. Danny Wyatt scored 56 from 34 deliveries, Nate Sciver 33 fro 15 deliveries, and Brunt ended the innings with 42 from 16 deliveries.
There was still Heather Knight waiting in the change room and this makes the England batting lineup absolutely terrifying. With the entire batting order in good form and continuing with their success in the ODI’s, England just needs to play naturally and the results will keep coming.
The South African bowling has now been put to the sword for three consecutive matches against England and its performance against New Zealand would have sapped some confidence as well. England will go into this game knowing that this is a perfect opportunity for them to push South Africa out of the reckoning completely.
Having such a large total on the board can make bowling a much easier task than it actually is. The English bowlers would have felt that way after the South African chase never really got going. Shrubsole, Brunt, Hazell, Ecclestone, and Gunn all put in competent performances. If South Africa bats first and gets going then these bowlers will be under a lot more pressure but the experience of playing much more top-flight cricket is clearly showing in the English bowlers’ performances.
Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Amy Ellen Jones, Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Sophie Ecclestone.
Every team has some bad days it wants to forget about and it was just South Africa’s bad luck that they had two of those days rolled into one. Having to bowl first against two strong batting lineups did not turn out to be fun for the South African bowlers as they were put to the sword.
They need to come up with something drastically different to try and make a comeback into this series. Since the South African bowling was supposed to be its strength, that is the discipline that must raise its performance and make the team competitive again.
None of the bowlers had a day to remember and so we don’t think making changes to the side is the way to go. Perhaps attacking with spin first up or using the short ball a little more effectively is the way to go because that will make the English batters think of doing something different. The South African bowlers also need to hit the yorker length when the batters at going at them.
Kapp, Ismail, and van Niekerk are all very capable bowlers. Klass and Lackay had an off day with both of them going for the most runs by anyone in T20 history but we would like to see them given a chance at redemption.
Maybe the best way that South Africa can help its bowlers is by winning the toss and scoring some runs first up. Lizelle Lee, Wovaardt, Niekerk, and du Preez are all capable of causing some mayhem of their own.
Niekerk was the only batter that showed some fight in the match against England and she will have to do all over again in this match. Lee and Niekerk are the standout batters in this South African lineup and must somehow find a way to fire in conjunction with each other.
This England side is not going to be intimidated by a par total and so South Africa must aim higher.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Dane van Niekerk, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Zintle Mali, Masabata Klaas.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first
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A clear sunny day with maybe some harmless clouds has been forecast for match day in Taunton. This should be great news to the fans as they want to witness more of what was offered up on the first day of the tournament. The pitch was absolutely flat and the ball came on nicely to the bat. The same will be on offer for this match day as well.
Small boundaries will mean no respite for the bowlers. We think that 180 is still a Par total but the upper limit of what teams can get is just getting ridiculous.
England has now beaten South Africa in four out of the last five matches that have been played between the two teams. Their batsmen are in terrific form, have gained confidence against the South African bowlers, and will be enjoying home conditions once again. The pitches in England are also now the best batting pitches in the world, making the South African pace attack somewhat toothless.
We have to go with the home team in this match again.
Back England to win.
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