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|Dane van Niekerk||2.0||0||16||0||8.00|
|Mignon du Preez||27||23||2||1||117.39|
|Dane van Niekerk||36||48||2||0||75.00|
The first t20 international between the West Indian women and the South African women was a scrappy affair that saw two low scoring innings and not the boundary fest you usually associate with this format. Maybe a shift to Tarouba will provide a better surface for the upcoming matches. As things stand, the West Indian women are leading 1-0 and the South Africans need to fight back.
This last defeat was the second match that the South Africans lost in succession on the tour and their policy of blooding youngsters on this tour may be backfiring. Losing this match will make it very difficult for them to come back into the series.
The in-form Matthews was unable to keep the runs flowing as the format shifted to T20 cricket but a good partnership by McClean and Taylor ensured the West Indies did not lose too many wickets up front. McClean ended up being the top-scorer of the match with 38 runs to her name but her strike rate was not befitting an opening batter in T20 cricket.
Taylor only scored 9 in the entire partnership and Campbelle was not able to contribute either. It was down to Dottin to score a few quick runs before a crucial partnership between Knight and Aguilleira added 26 runs to end the inning at a somewhat respectable total.
The West Indian women must find a way to score more freely at the top and not put so much pressure on their middle order. The slow surface had a lot to do with the difficulty in scoring but even the singles were not coming with regularity.
Dottin continues to be the X-factor for this team with both the bat and ball. We would seriously consider sending her at number 4 to maximize her potential with the bat. Matthews, Taylor, and Dottin continue to be the batters that we are looking at for scoring the majority of the runs.
The West Indian bowling continued to be disciplined and did not allow the South Africans to score freely at all. Connell has been reliably economical while Taylor was well rewarded for her efforts with three wickets.
Connell, Taylor, Mohammad, Dottin, and Fletcher make up a very decent bowling lineup that is going to test the South Africans consistently.
Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shemaine Campbelle, Merissa Aguilleira.
The South Africans opted to play as many as four debutants in the last match and that would have put pressure on any side. The inexperience of the players was visible as Searle and Tunnicliffe showed as they got stuck in the middle and ate up valuable deliveries without really moving the scoring along.
Mali and Sekhukhune had a good outing with the ball, though, so everything cannot be blamed on the debutants.
The bulk of the blame has to go with the experienced batsmen, Lee and Wolvaardt, at the top and du Preez in the middle order. They were chasing a small target that just required one good inning but they did not keep wickets in hand and played out too many dot balls.
The dependence on just a few batters will worry South Africa going ahead in the series particularly because they are in poor form.
Both Wolvaardt and Lee are excellent T20 players and will want to come back strongly. It seems for the sake of the South African batting, they will need to.
The bowling for South Africa was much better thanks to the presence of Kapp and the two debutants. There are plenty of options in the bowling unit and we think they should be able to keep the West Indies batters in check in the second T20 as well.
This is a very crucial game for South Africa and we expect to see them bring their A game to the contest this time.
Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith, Faye Tunnicliffe, Zintle Mali.
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The pitch is expected to be a little slow like in most parts of the West Indies nowadays, however, we expect the surface to be a bit better than the last match. The spinners and slower bowlers will still dominate and run scoring is going to be difficult.
A score of about 140 might be match-winning. There is some rain forecast in the region and we get a truncated match as well.
We are backing the South Africans to hit back hard in this match and win.
Back South Africa to win.
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