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|Dane van Niekerk||3.0||0||8||2||2.67|
|Mignon du Preez||7||7||0||0||100.00|
|Dane van Niekerk||1||2||0||0||50.00|
The match between the West Indies women and the South African women is going to be one of the most awaited matches of the Group A Stage. It is a match that will feature the hosts against one of the dark horses of the tournament. It is also a match that will potentially decide which side makes it to the semi-finals.
Both the West Indies and South Africa have registered one win in the tournament up until now and will be playing their second match. With Sri Lanka and Bangladesh struggling to come up to the same level as the other teams in the group, the competition for the semi-final places is essentially between the West Indies, South Africa, and England.
This is why winning this match could make things a lot easier for both sides in their quest to move on to the next stage of the WorldT20.
The West Indies started their campaign to defend its title against Bangladesh. It was not a match that would have kept the West Indies awake at night but it ended up giving them a bit of a scare. The Windies batted first against Bangladesh and were bowled out for just 106.
Bangladesh does not have the best bowling side but it does have a few canny spinners. The West Indian women did not show the patience to wait for the loose deliveries and kept throwing away their wickets in search of quick runs.
It took a mature inning from Taylor at the top of the order and one from Knight at number 7 to allow the West Indies to reach 106 as well. The home team will know that it cannot allow such mistakes to occur against South Africa.
The Windies rejigged its batting order to try and take advantage of the powerplay. It was a good move in theory but we are not sure the Windies will repeat that against South Africa. Dottin and Matthews make for a formidable opening pair but the express South African pace could throw their ultra-aggressive intentions into disarray.
Mathews will have fond memories of scoring runs against the South Africans very recently and that should fill her with confidence. That South African attack was missing a few key players but that should not matter to Matthews too much.
She along with Taylor appears to be the best batter in the side and will have to take responsibility of negotiating one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament.
The West Indian bowling absolutely ran through Bangladesh in the opening match. Dottin returned incredible figures of five for five and that was the headline of the inning but the other bowlers bowled well as well.
Selman and Connell will be tasked with trying to take early South African wickets to put a shaky batting lineup under pressure.
Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Kycia Knight, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell.
A confident start to the WorldT20 campaign by South Africa would have given it a lot of confidence going into this crucial match. South Africa comes into this WorldT20 with perhaps the best pace bowling attack in the entire competition. It has bowlers that are among the fastest on the circuit and are genuine wicket takers.
The batters have done well in the past as well, however, the South African side is going through a phase where it has been struggling for runs somewhat.
Playing against the Windies, the home team, is not going to be easy. South Africa has struggled against the West Indies in the past and that was visible in the most recently concluded T20 series between the two as well.
The South Africans will be happy their senior players contributed in the opening victory because the side will need all of them to have a very good game against the West Indies as well. The most important among them will be Lee and Wolvaardt who are responsible for getting the South Africans off to a good start.
Both the players can play the long inning and score plenty of runs. South Africa does very well when one out of these two players scores runs. Both of them fell cheaply to Sri Lanka’s bowlers and that would a bit disconcerting.
Kapp, Niekerk, and u Preez all scored runs against Sri Lanka with Kapp looking particularly dangerous. As one of the premier all-rounders of the women’s game, Kapp would be itching to get the batter of the Windies in this contest.
There is plenty of talent in this South African lineup but its recent form has been a bit patchy.
The bowling, on the other hand, is where South Africa’s real strength lies. Kapp and Ismail are a formidable new-ball pair that will come at the West Indies with pace and fire. This approach can sometimes lead to some runs leaking but Ismail’ss three wickets in the opening match will help calm those fears down.
The South Africans know that the West Indies is a very strong batting side. It is also slightly top-heavy and so picking early wickets is going to be crucial.
With Klaas, Daniels, and Sekhukhune to support the bowling efforts, South Africa certainly has the team to challenge the Windies.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Moseline Daniels.
The side winning the toss is likely to field first especially considering the threat of rain around
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The weather conditions are expected to improve in St. Lucia by the time this match is expected to start. There is some rain expected to be in the air but that is almost always the case in the islands. We just have to hope that the rain gods relent and allow us to watch this mouthwatering contest uninterrupted.
The pitch has tended to help the fast bowlers under lights. Some movement is also available with the new ball which will make the contest very interesting indeed.
We think this could be a tightly fought match where a score of around 150 could be very difficult to chase.
The recently concluded T20 series between the West Indies and South Africa ended 2-2 with one match being washed out. The West Indies won the first two matches and the South Africans the last two. The West Indies was the more dominant side in that series although South Africa was missing a few key players.
For this match, we feel the South African bowling attack has the strength to stop the Windies batting firepower from wreaking too much damage.
Back South Africa to win.
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