Date & Time: Monday, October 14, 08:59 IST
Venue: Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, India
South Africa look to salvage pride; India eye for whitewash
After a dominating performance from India women in the first ODI, South Africa women tried to drag the hosts in the second, but they failed to stop them from sealing the series. Apart from a lone victory in the T20I series, South Africa has won nothing in the tour. Now with the final ODI being set to commence on Monday, they seek to win. It will be a big task for them without quality options in the spin department which has adversely affected them so far in the tour. On the other hand, India seeks another complete performance for a clean sweep and they certainly look to rectify the shortcomings of not picking early wickets like in the second ODI.
Jhulan Goswami who struggled with her feet in the second ODI might be replaced by Mansi Joshi for India. On the other hand, South Africa may stick with the same Playing XI of the last match
The surface in Vadodara played out well in the second ODI then the first where batting became slightly easier. But if the same surface is used on Monday don’t expect the same ease for batswomen. The forecast is quite clear for the day with the sun likely to pelt down throughout the day.
The veteran batswoman played a brisk knock in the second ODI which paved path for the side in chasing an above-par total. She has a PPM of 47 in the tour and her ability to dig deep into the innings makes her a must-have.
She has been the most consistent bowler in the series whether it comes to picking wickets or economy rate. If not for her breakthroughs in the second ODI, the visitors would have posted a huge total on the board. She has a PPM of 61 in the tour and a PPM of 52 & MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
The Proteas’ all-rounder has been the most consistent player of the side in the last 5 matches where he has chipped in with a wicket or a 30+ score. She has a PPM of 62 & an MDTA of 1.38 in the format.
After a decent start in the first ODI, Raut has anchored the chase in the second ODI with 65 runs. She steadied the ship after the early departure of Punia. She has a PPM of 57 in the tour and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 games.
She is in some sort form in recent times for the Proteas. She has three 50+ scores in the last 5 matches where she has a PPM of 65 and an MDTA of 1.25.