RSAW vs PAKW Match Prediction & Betting Tips - May 23, 2019
The Pakistani women continue to play a very high-level of cricket during their tour of South Africa and now hold a 2-1 lead in the T20 series. This fourth match is going to be a must-win for the South Africa women’s cricket team. They have no room for error and will lose the series if they lose this match.
Considering the fact that Pakistan women were able to tie the ODI series that preceded this, a win in the T20 series would cap a brilliant tour. In fact, never in the history of Pakistani women’s cricket would a team have returned from a tour of South Africa without suffering a single series defeat.
The two teams have played attritional cricket so far and the matches have not been very high-scoring. It is almost as if the teams are playing not to lose rather than looking for a win. Let’s see whether the visitors can wrap up the series in this match or the hosts will manage to stay alive till the final match of the series.
RSAW vs PAKW Team Previews
South Africa Women
South Africa women had the momentum after winning the second T20 international against Pakistan women but it seemed they were wary of another batting collapse in the third match. They were put into bat and the early wicket of Lizelle Lee was followed by a long period of consolidation.
Tazmin Brits and Nadine de Klerk put on 80 runs but it took them nearly 13 overs to do so. At 94 for 2 and then 94 for 3 in 15 overs, South Africa women needed an explosive end to the inning.
Sune Luus made 28 from 15 deliveries but Brits was not able to provide a similar acceleration. Eventually, a total of 138 for three reflected resources not adequately used. This meant that Pakistan women just needed a couple of good partnerships to stay in the game and that is exactly what happened.
An excellent opening spell from Shabnim Ismail and Moseline Daniels reduced Pakistan to 12 for three but runs for Nida Dar, Iram Javed, and Aliya Riaz were enough to relegate South Africa to another loss.
It remains to be seen whether Marizanne Kapp is going to be available for this match. She played a big part in South Africa’s victory in the second T20 and her absence in the previous match was a big blow. Chloe Tyron has been struggling a bit and Sune Luus may look to give herself a promotion.
The South African bowling attack is top-class and we don’t think there is anything that is going to change in that department.
South Africa Women Playing 11
Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Moseline Daniels, Tumi Sekhukhune.
A fantastic victory in the second T20 international has left Pakistan with two opportunities to try and get a series win in South Africa. Such opportunities are rare and represent a big leap in Pakistan women’s cricket.
The victory in the previous match was especially significant because it came without any contribution from Javeria Khan or Bismah Maroof, easily the best two batters in the Pakistan side. As has happened in a lot of recent matches, Nida Dar was there to be counted when the going got tough.
It was her partnership with Iram Javed that started the recovery after which Aliya Riyaz also played a very important hand. The fact that these three have played well and won their country a match makes the Pakistani batting look more formidable than we can remember.
This performance came against a bowling attack that is regarded as one of the best in women’s cricket.
If only Omaima Sohail can get her act together at the top of the order, all the players in the Pakistani batting lineup will be in prime form.
It is also a reflection of the Pakistani bowling that the South African women have been so wary of taking risks against them. Sana Mir, Aliya Riaz, Nida Dar, Nashra Sandhu, and Rameen Shamim were very good in the previous match. Mir may not have got the early wickets that she has been getting but there barely a bad ball bowled during her entire four overs.
The current team set-up and the form make us certain that the Pakistani women’s side has never been closer to a series victory in South Africa.
Pakistan Women Playing 11
Javeria Khan, Omaima Sohail, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz, Ramin Shamim, Fatima Sana.
RSAW vs PAKW Toss Prediction
The side winning the toss is going to want to bat second. Both teams have had success chasing and will want to continue doing that.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
South Africa women vs Pakistan women 4th T20 match is going to be played at WIllowmoore Park, Benoni. A clear and sunny day is forecast for match day and we are likely to have an uninterrupted match play out.
This will be the first time that the two teams will be playing at Benoni in this series. The South African women would be hoping for some grass on the pitch so that their fast bowlers can get an advantage. We think there will be some grass for sure but the underlying nature of the pitch is quite slow.
A score of around 140 has been competitive this series but that may need to be revised upward at Benoni.
RSAW vs PAKW Betting Tips
Pakistan seems to have the momentum behind it and can afford to play this match freely. The new and unknown conditions at Benoni are the biggest threat facing this Pakistan side. They have the batting to counter the South African bowling and their own bowling unit is performing well also.
Bet on the Pakistani women to win.
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