About the Match
A lot was expected from West Indies' Women's cricket team in this edition of the World Cup largely because of the way they announced themselves in the shortest version of the game. They won the Women's World Cup last year held in India and hopes have been high ever since. However, their start to the tournament hasn't been the way they wanted it to be and now they take on the Proteas who are sitting pretty in the top-half of the table. The match is to be played at County Ground, Leicester on 2nd July 2017. A win for West Indies will enlighten their hopes for semifinal while a South African victory would make their path to semifinal a little bit clearer.
South Africa's last match was washed out due to rain and they had to split points with New Zealand. South Africa is now placed fourth in the points table, a place above the hosts England.
Thier first match was against Pakistan in which they registered a three-wicket one. They found ways to wobble in what should have been a comfortable chase of under 200 runs. Despite a fifty each by Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee each and a century plus stand between them, they completed the chase with seven wickets down. Their bowlers, however, did a brilliant job in restricting Pakistan to a modest total.
Considering that the South Africans are yet to face India, England, and Australia in their upcoming matches, it will be imperative for them to register a win in this match. Failing in doing so would make things a little trickier for them as all of those three have been in terrific form.
West Indies haven't batted the way they are known to bat. Their batswomen haven't been prepared to spend time on the crease and cash in later. Batswomen have gotten out in trying too hard or in forcing the issue. Skipper Stefanie Taylor was player of the series in the World T20 event and a lot will depend on her performance going forward.
Taylor did well in their first match of the tournament, but wasn't equally backed by the performance of other players. West Indies lost their last six wickets in the matter of mere 47-runs. Australia chased down the target of 205 with eight wickets to spare. Against India, West Indies could not even manage to reach 200 runs as they were strangled by the Indian spinners.
West Indies have already lost two games and are on the verge of getting knocked out. It will be important for West Indies to win this game as South Africa are one of the easier teams they're going to face in this competition. A loss here could mean an early exit from the tournament and they are expected to fight it out and try their best to claw back into the competition.
Both the teams' batting relies heavily on their top three players. For West Indies, the runs have come from Stefani Taylor and for the Proteas, it has been their openers. A win is crucial for both the sides so as to stay in the tournament and increase the chances to qualify for the playoffs, but only one team will get the points unless it's another washout. There is no forecast of rain playing a spoilsport, though. With bowlers in good form and a positive mindset, South Africa look well set to score another win and stay keep their campaign alive and kicking