India vs South Africa: Energy-hitting in loss of life overs a priority for hosts as they intention to bounce again in fourth ODI

India vs South Africa: Energy-hitting in loss of life overs a priority for hosts as they intention to bounce again in fourth ODI

Lucknow: The absence of power-hitters has been India’s bane for the longest time as they might anticipate all-rounder Deepti Sharma and wicketkeeper-batter Sushma Verma to up the ante on the back-end in the course of the fourth ODI towards South Africa right here on Sunday.

Blown away within the series-opener, India had bounced again in fashion within the second ODI however Mithali Raj’s facet could not go the space within the third sport, happening narrowly by six runs by way of D/L technique.

The hosts have been outclassed by an unbeaten 131-ball 132 by opener Lizelle Lee, who anchored South Africa’s run-chase with consummate ease after India had posted a aggressive 248 for five.

Regardless of going robust at one stage, India could not step up the speed with the workforce managing simply 27 runs within the final 30 balls following the dismissal of vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and that is an space the workforce will look to enhance, particularly with the World Cup lower than a yr away.

“We positively must have batters enjoying the final 10 overs as a result of clearly the type of sport {that a} batter has and may enhance it to the optimum, the decrease or tail-ender might not, so it is vital that we’ve got the batters enjoying the final 10 overs,” skipper Mithali Raj had stated on Friday.

“…sure we’ve got gamers like Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) and Deepti (Sharma) and it’s only a matter of few innings that they’ll come good in these 10 overs.”

Deepti is likely one of the pillars of this Indian workforce however sadly, she hasn’t been capable of make any important enchancment in relation to the ability facet of her sport that has been missing for various years.

File image of Mithali Raj. AFP

File picture of Mithali Raj. AFP

With Neetu David’s choice committee actually making a ‘harakiri’ by protecting younger Shafali Verma out of ODI set-up, the one power-hitter within the workforce is Harmanpreet with likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut and skipper Mithali Raj all possessing identical fashion of accumulating runs and never the best of strike-rates.

Whereas the lower-order has did not pack a punch with the bat, opener Rodrigues’ lack of type for a very long time (even earlier than COVID-19 halted proceedings) may even be a priority for India.

The paucity of expertise on the home stage signifies that Rodrigues’ does not face any worthy competitors from her friends and even when she is complacent, one is not left with too many choices.

She is an important cog within the batting unit together with Raut and Smriti Mandhana, who’ve regarded in good contact within the collection to date.

The primary Indian girl cricketer and second internationally to succeed in 10,000 runs, Mithali has had an honest run in each outings.

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami has commonly offered the breakthroughs and sits on the prime of wicket-taker record with eight scalps and her type can be essential to India’s possibilities.

With 4 wickets to date, spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad have finished the supporting position nicely, whereas Mansi Joshi too had picked up a few wickets in second ODI.

For South Africa, Lizelle Lee has been in scintillating type as she amassed 219 runs to date, which features a 83 within the first ODI and the 132 not out within the final ODI.

Amongst bowlers, Shabnim Ismail has been their most profitable bowler with six wickets within the collection, whereas Marizanne Kapp and Nonkululeko Mlaba have snapped two wickets every to date.

Groups (from):

India: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica Patel.

South Africa: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Match begins at 9 am.

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