Date & Time: Friday, October 11, 08:59 IST
Venue: Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, India
A must-win game for South Africa women
After a victory in the last T20I, it was again the same pattern that South African Women have replicated in the first ODI of the 3-match ODI series in Vadodara. Their struggle against spin resurfaced, and some shots they played against pace was certainly questionable. On the other hand, after a victorious T20I series, Indian women are straightaway posing the right questions to the Proteas women. More than the bowling, India women would be pleased with the ease with which they chased in the absence of the side’s most prolific batswoman. That will definitely boost the confidence of the rest of the batting unit. Now, the pressure is on the women from South Africa to bounce back to stay alive in the series.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same playing XI of the last match.
The surface in Vadodara has been decent for batting in the initial overs, but as the game progressed it has slowed down considerably. On Friday expect nothing different from it. There is no forecast of rain.
Ever since her debut, she has shown immense talent. She may have had a moderate T20I series but she has come into her own in the One Day format. She has a PPM of 32.8 in the last five games and an ESR of 112 in the format, only second to Mandhana in the side.
She has come into the series on the back of a decent Women’s Cricket Super League for Surrey Stars. In the first ODI, she has replicated that with a much-needed half-century when the side was in trouble. In the last five games in the format, she has either picked a wicket or scored some much-needed runs. She has a PPM of 62 in ODIs and an MDTA of 1.4.
The Proteas’ skipper was one of the reasons for the side’s victory in the last T20I where she played a played brisk knock. She also picked 4 wickets in the shortest format. Coming to ODIs, she has a PPM of 48 and it goes to 65 in the last 5 matches
She has been in some form of late, and at home her record is incredible. She has chipped in 6 wickets in the four T20Is and also scored handy runs down the order. She has a PPMC of 61 in the last 5 games which makes her a must-have.
She is certainly not as consistent as few other top-rated Indian batswomen, but she plays big whenever she is on song. Her role in the side becomes more crucial when the top order fails to perform. Adding to it, she can also chip in with a few off-breaks whenever needed.