PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There are scattered thunderstorms earlier in the day forecast for Surat, though they should have cleared by the evening. Even if there is a delayed start, there should still be enough of a gap in the weather for a full game.
This is the first international ever to be played at the ground. In the warm-up matches, both sides’ spinners took wickets but it looked a balanced pitch with runs to be had too.
- Mithali Raj’s decision to retire from T20i cricket has eased one selection issue for India, who have included Shafali Verma in the squad for the first time.
- The big-hitting batsmen could be given time to impress before next year’s World T20.
- Since the World Cup, when they reached the semi-finals, India has played two WT20i series but lost 3-0 in each.
- They were first whitewashed by New Zealand and then suffered the same fate when they played England too.
- Their batting fell short in the latter, with scores of 119/6, 111/8 and 118/6 proving too low. The latter was a one-run defeat in Guwahati.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF India Women
Harleen Deol, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey
South Africa Women
- Sune Luus will captain South Africa in India after Dane van Niekerk got injured again. Ayabonga Khaka is back in action.
- Marizanne Kapp is unavailable for the WT20i leg of this tour, but Nonkululeko Mlaba could make her Proteas’ debut.
- South Africa have won both bilateral WT20i series they have played since the World T20.
- Most recently, they came from 2-1 down to beat Pakistan 3-2, Lizelle Lee hit 60 from 31 balls as they chased 174 to win the fourth game by four wickets and level the series, before a strong bowling performance and more Lee fireworks saw them win the decider by nine wickets.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF South Africa Women
Lizelle Lee (wk), Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (c), Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Nondumiso Shangase, Ayabonga Khaka, Anne Bosch
OUR FANTASY LEAGUE PICKS FOR India Women vs South Africa Women 1st T20 IN South Africa Women tour of India 2019 ARE MENTIONED BELOW:
- Smriti Mandhana
- Sune Luus (VC)
- Lizelle Lee
- Poonam Yadav
- Hamanpreet Kaur
- Harleen Deol
- Shabnim Ismail
- Jemimah Rodrigues (C)
- Arundhati Reddy
- Mignon du Preez
- Shafali Verma
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*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.*