England Women vs South Africa Women
June 12, 2018
County Ground, Hove
The fast bowlers can expect some amount of swing and dip at the venue. The ground slightly slopes towards the sea and the ball from the end can at times get lost against the stand, making batting difficult. However, as the game progress, batting will become easier.
The South African Women are on a roll, winning their last six ODI matches. They gained a lead in the ongoing series against England when they defeated them by 7 wickets.
With the series being a 3-match encounter, the pressure is on England to make a comeback and head to Canterbury with the series square 1-1. The fact that the matches are a part of the ICC Championship puts additional pressure.
Head to Head
Total matches – 36
England Women – 27 wins
South Africa Women – 8 wins
England Women – WLWLL
South Africa Women – WWWWW
Last Match’s Playing XI and possible changes
Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wk), Heather Knight (capt), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsha, Sophie Ecclestone
Probable changes for this match – Lauren Winfield for Jenny Gunn. Gunn scored 4 in 41 deliveries and returned wicketless. In a must-win game, she is likely to get replaced by Winfield.
South Africa Women
Lizelle Lee (wk), Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk (capt), Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Stacey Lackay
Probable changes for this match: None. The South Africans would not want to change their winning combination.
Top point scorers
Kathrine Brunt (62 points) – Brunt walked in to bat at 61 for 5 and stuck around to make an unbeaten 72 in 98 balls. She even got the wicket of Laura Wolvaardt, going for 31 in her 10 overs.
Anya Shrubsole (30.5 points) – The medium pacer bowled economically and troubled the South Africans with her swinging deliveries. She conceded 36 in 10 overs and snatched 2 wickets.
South Africa Women
Lizelle Lee (57.5 points) – The Player of the Match in the first ODI, Lee made a comfortable 92 in 128 balls with eleven boundaries and two sixes even as her other teammates struggled.
Dane van Niekerk (45 points) – The captain got together with Lee after the loss of two quick wickets to put on a 113-run partnership as she made 58 in 79 balls with ten fours and a maximum.
Zintle Mali (SA-W) @ 8 credits
The South African bowling unit put on a clinical show, restricting the opponents to just 189. It is unlikely that the management will tinker with their squad in a crucial game and Mali is expected to warm the benches once again.
Around 3.27% of the teams featured her in their team for the last game.
Raisibe Ntozakhe (SA-W) @ 8.5 credits
The off-spinner picked up 8 wickets in seaming conditions in South Africa in the last ODI series against Bangladesh. She gave away only 21 runs in 10 overs in the first ODI. With the English batters struggling against spin, she could prove to be a value buy.
31.5% of the teams picked Ntozakhe for the last ODI in their sides.
Suggested team balance
Swing and fast bowlers should be a priority as the pitch is likely to be a green top. However, once the game progresses, it will even out and you can include 4 to 5 batters as well.