Indian girls vs South Africa girls: Hosts hope to salvage pleasure in closing ODI
Lucknow: The collection already out of their grasp, the Indian girls cricketers, who’re struggling to place collectively a cohesive staff present, may have pleasure at stake once they conflict with South Africa girls within the fifth and closing One-day Worldwide in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Barring the convincing nine-wicket win within the second match, the Indian girls have barely fired in unison whereas the South Africans, who’ve already clinched the collection 3-1, have excelled as a staff.
To be honest to the house aspect, they had been a bit rusty as they’re taking part in their first worldwide collection after greater than a 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic whereas South Africa just lately beat Pakistan 3-0 at residence.
The Indian staff additionally missed the aptitude of younger Shafali Verma on the high of the order and the expertise of Shikha Pandey within the bowling division.
Indian spinners, save Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5 wickets from 4 matches), have been an enormous let down on the sluggish tracks and that has performed an enormous half in India’s collection loss when the South Africans chased down 249 and 267 within the third and fourth matches.
Senior leg-spiner Poonam Yadav hasn’t picked up a wicket within the 4 matches she has performed up to now. It stays to be seen if she retains her place within the taking part in eleven on Wednesday.
Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami continued to be the choose of Indian bowlers as she topped the bowling charts with eight wickets from the three matches she’s performed however she didn’t get a lot assist from her colleagues apart from spinner Gayakwad. Goswami didn’t play within the fourth match.
High-order batswoman Punam Raut has been in sensational type with scores of 10, 62 not out, 77 and 104 not out within the 4 video games.
The 31-year-old high run getter among the many Indians wish to proceed from the place she left within the fourth match the place she hit an unbeaten century, although, in a dropping trigger.
Captain Mithali Raj and her deputy Harmapreet Kaur had been the opposite two constant batswomen whereas star opener Smriti Mandhana shone solely within the second match.
Opener Jemimah Rodrigues was additionally disappointing and he or she was unnoticed of the fourth match after scores of 1, 9 and 0.
Raj, who grew to become the primary Indian lady cricketer and second internationally to achieve 10,000 runs through the collection, had scores of fifty, 36 and 45 within the three innings she has performed up to now. She didn’t bat within the second match.
The identical is for Kaur who had scores of 40, 36, 54. She additionally didn’t bat within the second match.
After smashing a match-winning 80 not out within the second match, Mandhana has not finished a lot within the different three matches with scores of 14, 25 and 10. With strain off within the inconsequential match, the 24-year-old left-hander is due for an enormous innings.
The South Africans, however, have excelled in teamwork with their batswomen and bowlers performing in unison besides within the second match the place they had been blown away by the batting brilliance of Mandhana and Raut.
For them, opening batswoman Lizelle Lee has been in ominous type, topping the general batting chart with 288 runs with scores of 83 not out, 4, 132 not out and 69.
She single-handedly received the rain-marred third match for South Africa with a scintillating unbeaten century. She has been ably supported by Laura Wolvaardt (154 runs) and Lara Goodall (124).
Pacer Shabnim Ismail has been the highest wicket taker for the South Africans with seven scalps from 4 matches — second total after Goswami.
India girls: 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 girls: 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 IST.
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