They were first whitewashed by New Zealand and then suffered the same fate when they played England too. Their batting fell short in the latter, with scores of 119/6, 111/8 and 118/6 proving too low. Since the World Cup, when they reached the semi-finals, India have played two WT20i series but lost 3-0 in each. The latter was a one-run defeat in Guwahati.
Like Deepti, Ismail too picked up three wickets for South Africa in the first innings and put the Indian batting attack on the backfoot. Ismail took the wickets of the 15-year old Shafali in the first over before returning for a fruitful second spell where she picked up two quick wickets in the same over to halt Indias innings. She is a good option and should get your SA-W vs IN-W Dream11 team a lot of points.
India Women vs SA Women Prediction
Lizelle Lees brief flurry at the top of the order was a marker of her importance for South Africa and she will look to kick on from that and get back to the big-hitting form she had showed previously. That makes her worth picking despite being ten credits. Taniya Bhatia showed exactly what she offers to India too, however. Both could be worth selecting as a result. Though she bats down the order, she finished 11 not out from five balls and then claimed four wickets as wicket-keeper including three stumpings.
You will also have to pay double figures if you want Indias captain and vice-captain in your team. She is a must-pick, as is Mignon du Preez at the same cost. Both are key batsmen for the Indians, however. Jemimah Rodrigues is better value at nine credits, despite her incredible form. Smriti Mandhana has been priced at 10.5 credits, while Harmanpreet Kaur is ten credits.
After a 11-run win in the T20I opener, Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian eves will look to continue the winning momentum when they host their South African counterparts for the second time. In the first game, Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharmas heroics powered the Indian Women to a comfortable win. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodriguez got starts in the 1st T20I, but could not continue and go big, that is something they will look to rectify in the second game.
South Africa Women
Jemimah Rodrigues was in outstanding form for Yorkshire Diamonds last month in the Kia Womens Super League and she is hard to ignore again ahead of this match. If she hits her best form, she will be key. If Rodrigues is your captain, Luus could be a good pick for vice-captain. Elsewhere, South Africa captain Sune Luus bowled well in the warm-up game and could be an important middle-order batsman.
In a spell that had three maidens overs, Deepti Sharma completely stopped South Africas run chase and strangled the Proteas batting attack. South Africa eventually had no other option but to go after every ball, which meant they lost more wickets and eventually the game. Extraordinary figures of 3/8 in her four overs against South Africa made her the standout performer from the first game. Sharma is in fine form and if she keeps delivering performances like this, she could get your team a lot of points.
Instead, Sune Luus is nine credits and showed great bowling form in the warm-up. Anuja Patil is the same price, while Nadine de Klerk is 0.5 credits cheaper. Undoubtedly a key player for India, her cost of 9.5 credits with the others already selected could be inhibiting. Something will have to give if you have picked Lee, Mandhana and Kaur already and that may end up being Deepti Sharma.
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Shafali Verma made her WT20i debut last time out and could be given another chance to stake her batting claim despite being dismissed in the first over last time out. Anuja Patil and Arundhati Reddy were among the players missing last time out, and one of them could replace Pooja Vastrakar after her solitary opening over went for 18 runs last time out.
Smriti Mandhana: The 23-year-old has burst onto the scene for India and, while her WODI form is better than her WT20i record, she is still more than capable of some big hits and big scores with the bat. Her next 50 will be her tenth in WT20i, at a rate of around one in every nine innings so far.
She is in fact one of the most experienced names in the Proteas team sheet and is a top choice for the SA-W vs IN-W 3rd T20. The fact that Mignon du Preez scored a half-century even though South Africa were bundled out for 119 says a lot about how ordinary the other batters were. Batting at number five, du Preez was on the front foot right from the beginning and scored a quickfire half-century in an innings that consisted of three sixes and four boundaries.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli A Demerit Short Of Suspension
Likewise, as the top order fell cheaply, it was Kaur who rallied on and scored 43 off 34 balls to ensure that India crossed the 100-run mark. We all know that the Indian skipper is capable of the big runs, especially when she is in her free-flowing best. She is an important player in the batting attack and should be a great option for your SA-W vs IN-W Dream11 team.