Date & Time: Wednesday, August 21, 19:30 IST
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
Can Surrey Stars end Western Storm’s unbeaten streak?
It has been one hell of domination by Western Storm in the Women’s Super League 2019. Seven matches in the tournament, they are the only team to be unbeaten and now they are assured with a place in the final. After a couple of early wins in the tournament, Surrey Stars have lost their way in the tournament. Even though they are still in contention for a spot in top.3, if they win all the remaining matches, and they also have a few of the others’ results in their favour.
Both the teams likely to stick with the same playing XI of their precious matches.
This is the second match to be played at Taunton in the tournament. In the first game, Western Storm won by 6 wickets chasing 141 where the surface produced something for both batsmen and bowlers. We can expect a similar surface for Wednesday’s contest as well. The forecast is clear for the match.
She is piling on the runs wherever she has travelled in the last couple of years. In this tournament, she is the second highest run-getter with 259 runs from 7 games. She has crossed at least 20 in the last five innings in the tournament which is a replica of her consistency. This is also the very reason that makes her a must-have player in Dream11 cricket team.
The Western Storm skipper is in some form in the tournament, she is only few runs behind Mandhana in the leading run scores list with 246 runs from 7 games. She may not have been at her best with the ball so far, but if she can come to her rhythm in the remaining few matches in the tournament, there won’t be anything to stop her.
Dane van Niekerk
One of the main reasons for Surrey downhill has been their bowling which failed to pick wickets at regular intervals. But Niekerk is an expectation in it, as she chipped in wickets in almost every match played so far in this tournament. She is the only one to feature in the Top.10 wicket-takers list of the season with 8 wickets from 8 matches.
The Surrey opener is known for playing big knocks whenever she gets going in a match. In this tournament, it has been no different where she played a couple of match-defining knocks. Some knocks have helped Surrey walk into early victories in the tournament. The very ability makes her a big bet player to consider in today’s match.