Three big ones tomorrow as our Indian Women look to wrap up the SA series, Kohli and Co. look for the same and Australia seek revenge against England in the T20I Tri-series after their ODI debacle.
South Africa Women vs India Women – 01.30pm
India produced a clinical all-round performance to thrash the hosts by 88 runs in the first one-dayer of the ICC Women’s Championship at Diamond Oval on Monday. Opener Smriti Mandhana (84 off 98) scored a strokeful fifty while pace duo of Jhulan Goswami (4/24) and Shikha Pandey (3/23) shared seven wickets between them to emerge as the architects of India’s victory. Here is the 2nd ODI statistical preview.
0.33 win-loss ratio for South Africa Women at Diamond Oval, Kimberley. They played the first 3 ODIs of the 2016-17 against New Zealand at the ground, winning 1 and losing 2. The last ODI played here, on October 13, 2016, was the 1,000th Women’s ODI in history.
2 win-loss ratio of India Women on South African soil (10 wins, 5 defeats). Other than Sri Lanka (where India Women have played 16 and won all of them), this is their best in any country where they have played more than 6 matches.
1 wicket needed by Jhulan Goswami to reach the 200-wicket mark. She will obviously become the first in the world to achieve this (nobody else has crossed 180).
33 runs needed by Deepti Sharma to reach 1,000 ODI runs. She will become the 10th Indian and 84th overall to the landmark.
18 runs needed by Laura Wolvaardt to reach 1,000 runs. She will be the 8th South African and (if she reaches there before Deepti) the 84th overall to the landmark.
2 wickets needed by Shikha Pandey to reach the 50-wicket mark. She will become the 11th Indian and 78th overall to have achieved this.
2 wickets needed by Jhulan (22 wickets) to become the highest wicket-taker for any country against South Africa. Only Lucy Pearson (23) has more.
4 wickets needed by Shikha to become the highest wicket-taker for any country against South Africa. Shikha has a terrific record against them: her 20 wickets have come at an average of 13.50 and a strike rate of 21, both of which are the best against South Africa with a 20-wicket cut-off. The only ones ahead of Shikha are Lucy (23), Jhulan (22), Rosalie Birch (21), and Clare Connor (21).
3 wickets needed by Ayabonga Khaka to reach the 50-wicket mark. She will become the 7th South African and (if she reaches there before Shikha) 78th overall to have achieved this.
Here is our Super 8 for the game tomorrow
- Dane van Niekerk (C)
- Mithali Raj
- Masabata Klaas
- Marizanne Kapp
- Mignon du Preez
- Jhulan Goswami
- Smriti Mandhana
- Poonam Yadav
Oz Tri-series – Australia vs England – 2nd T20I – 02.10pm
A reduced second innings to 15 overs due to rain saw Australia win the first match of the series against New Zealand by seven wickets. They will now face England in the 2nd T20I match tomorrow – the first time after the Oz ODI debacle. The two teams have fought fierce contests against each other and both will be vying to dominate with both sides having well-balanced units with experienced batsmen and bowlers.
Fast-bowlers Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake stifled the Kiwis in the opening match of the series, with Tye claiming 4-23 and Stanlake dismissing 3 opponents for just 15 runs. Spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa also impressed well with a wicket each and helped restrict the visitors to 117 runs. With the rains playing spoilsport, Australia had to face a reduced target of 95 in 15 overs, which they easily chased down thanks to a splendid innings by Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn, who scored 40+ runs each.
While England have a deep batting unit and an experienced pace attack, Australia with the home advantage is better placed to emerge victorious tomorrow.
Our Super 8 for tomorrow
- David Warner (C)
- Glenn Maxwell
- Jos Buttler
- David Willey
- Ben Stokes
- Mark Wood
- Chris Lynn
- Andrew Tye
India vs South Africa – 3rd ODI – 04.30pm
India is now the joint top-ranked ODI team in the world and they are playing like it.
This ODI series is turning out to be quite a nightmare for the hosts. They have suffered injuries to their leading players and have been completely outplayed by a dominant Indian outfit. Now, trailing 2-0 in this six match series, the South Africans are faced with the prospect of winning all four remaining matches to win the series or a minimum of three matches to share the honors.
Already reeling from the loss of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the remaining limited-overs matches after a finger related injury he picked up in the second match as well. This latest injury has meant that South Africa will have to reshuffle their batting order and bring in another inexperienced player into the playing eleven. Heinrich Klassen, the only specialist keeper as backup in the squad, is set to make his debut. He is also an aggressive batsman, albeit right-hander, and one who will bat in the middle order rather than up top.
While the first match was comfortable for the Indians, the second was an absolute walk in the park. Consigning South Africa to their lowest total ever in their own country and then chasing it down with almost 30 overs to spare is something that Indian fans will savor for a long time.
India now has an excellent chance to win the third match and ensure that they cannot lose this ODI series. Not only are they in excellent form but they also have the advantage of playing an opposition that is now missing three of its key players.
Here is our Super 8
- Virat Kohli (C)
- Aiden Markram
- Ajinkya Rahane
- JP Duminy
- Kagiso Rabada
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Kuldeep Yadav
The Super 8 have been picked after taking into consideration various factors and analysis. Super 8 is not responsible for any decisions taken by readers of this article while playing. This is written with the sole purpose of providing a guide to choosing a fantasy team for the league. Go get ’em Champs!
Who is your Super 8?