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|Dane van Niekerk||10.0||1||54||0||5.40|
|Mignon du Preez||5||7||0||0||71.43|
|Dane van Niekerk||77||105||11||0||73.33|
The ODI series between the West Indian women and the South African women currently stands in favor of South Africa 1-0 after two matches. Rain has been a constant threat in this series and looks like it will play a central role moving forward as well.
South Africa is one of the most improved teams in recent years and even though it is missing a few key players, it is still a formidable unit. The West Indies, on the other hand, has seen its cricket trajectory go downwards and is now being overtaken by other better-drilled units.
Can the West Indies find some form to stop the South Africans from walking all over them?
The West Indies has had the opportunity to bowl in both the matches played so far but rain robbed it from the opportunity to bat in the second. As far as the bowling goes, the team has been in pretty decent shape. The bowlers have been able to maintain a decent line and kept the pressure on the South African women.
Regular wickets kept scoring rate down in the first match and while the West Indies picked up 8 wickets in the 38 overs bowled in the match, the rain had shortened the game and so the South African batters were taking a lot more risks.
The performances of Dottin, Taylor, and Connell will raise hopes in the West Indian camp that they can roll the South Africans over if things go their way. The availability of six to seven bowlers in the side that the captain can reliably turn to also provides the West Indies with some amount of flexibility.
For the West Indies to compete and win, though, their batters need to step up. Players like Mathews, Knight, Taylor, and Campbelle all have to play sensible cricket to withstand the South African onslaught with the new ball and then capitalize.
The West Indian women have the potential but seem to lack the discipline of building an inning especially when faced with an unrelenting attack.
Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation, Shemaine Campbelle, Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilleira, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews.
The South African women have been clinical in the series so far. They have batted with calm against some decent West Indian bowling and then been ruthless with the ball. It is in the field that the South Africans really outshine the West Indians and they are well aware of that.
On both occasions, the South Africans have batted first with the threat of rain around. Traditionally it is considered an advantage to field first if the Duckworth- Lewis system has to be applied so we think they could be even more formidable with the advantage somewhere down the line.
Lee, Wolvaardt, and Luss form a terrific top-3. Wolvaardt and Luss got some runs in the first match but Lee was unable to capitalize on a start in the second. Runs from van Niekerk in both the matches and some useful cameos down the order as well gives a very balanced look to the South African lineup.
In the past, the South Africans have been guilty of being far too dependent on their top-order. It would be interesting to see if the middle and lower order can hold things together if the West Indies manage t get a few early wickets.
As things stand, the South African women will be very comfortable at the state of their game. They have stamped their dominance over the hosts and will look to continue in the same vein moving forward.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe.
The team winning the toss is likely to field first
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A better forecast than the last match is currently in place for match day. There is a 20% chance of rain and some high humidity but not too much of actual rain is expected. We would hope then to get a result in even if the match is truncated somewhat.
The pitch at the Kensington Oval has been a little slow. Stroke-making has been a bit difficult and the bowlers are not getting much from the surface either. Any turn the spinners get is also slow enough for the batters to adjust to. A similar surface where attritional cricket is going to be the order of the day can be expected.
The West Indies women have beaten the South African women just once in their last five matches. The current state of both the teams suggests that it is going to be difficult for the hosts to turn things around in this match as well.
Back the South African women to win.
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