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The West Indies women put in an absolutely stunning batting performance in the last match to even the ODI series and will be hoping to take that confidence into the T20 series as well. The South African women would have been disappointed at the bowling performance in the last game and know that they need to be a lot better to keep the pressure on the West Indies.
The win in the last game has given a new life to this contest which was threatening to be completely one-sided. The West Indies know now that they can compete and even beat the South Africans. Now, moving to the T20 format, the contest should be even closer.
The West Indian women found some much-needed form in the last match led by Mathew’s maiden hundred and some very good contributions by Taylor and Dottin. In fact, Dottin put in a splendid all-round performance as she also picked up four wickets to effectively seal the match on her own.
The South Africans have become a very adept T20 side over the last few years and will come back hard at the West Indians.
We think that the West Indies should stick with much of the same lineup as Mathews, Knight, Taylor, Dottin, and Campbelle have all been in decent touch. The skipper Taylor has got a score in every match that she has batted and will be key in the T20 series as well.
The X-factor in this team, though, is Dottin. She can clear the boundaries with regularity and is the kind of player that can push the score up 30-40 runs in a jiffy.
Credit must also be given to the West Indian bowlers. Connell has been economical, while all the others have shared in the wickets. South Africa seems to be a little top-heavy in its batting and so picking early wickets is going to be the key.
Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Merissa Aguilleira, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Natasha McLean, Shamilia Connell.
Being completely outplayed in the last ODI would have given the South Africans a wake-up call and also the realization that they are in for a tough T20 series. South Africa has been far too dependent on its top order for runs and it is the lack of faith in the middle order that is keeping them from playing freely.
Wolvaardt got a fifty but never threatened to come close to the required run rate, and the same was the case with Niekerk. Lizelle Lee is an excellent T20 player and even though she had a moderate ODI series, we expect to see a lot more runs from her in the upcoming matches.
The reduction in the number of overs forces a sense of urgency on the South Africans and also reduces the amount of time that the middle order has to spend batting.
Kapp continued to pick wickets by the heap as she added another four-wicket haul to her tally. She did not have any support this time, though, as every single bowler went for plenty of runs. A 176 run partnership for the second West Indian wicket took the wind out of the South African sails and the South African women will have to reassess their plans to prevent this from happening again.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Faye Tunnicliffe, Robyn Searle, Saarah Smith, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, Tumi Sekhukhune.
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A 20% chance of rain has been predicted for match day, which is not bad at all considering the amount of rain that has been seen in the region recently. Hopefully, we should be able to see another complete match this time around.
The last match showed that it is possible to score plenty of runs on this pitch and the onus will be on the batters to take full advantage of the conditions. We think a score of around 170 will be competitive.
The West Indian women managed to win the last game on the back of a brilliant inning. This, however, is a new format and even though the West Indians are former champions of the world, the South Africans have the better recent record.
Back South Africa to win.
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