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ENG-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England Women vs South Africa Women, (ENG-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI)

Date: July 11, 2022 – 6:30 AM IST

Venue: County Ground, Northampton

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, you can watch all the live action between England and South Africa women on Sony Sports Network. Catch the first ODI live on Sony Six and Six HD at 6:30 PM IST on Monday. You can also watch the game on online streaming platform Sony LIV.

England Women vs South Africa Women, 1st ODI

Having played out a draw in the only Test, South Africa and England women now set their sights on the ODI series, comprising three matches. The first ODI will take place at the County Ground in Northampton on Monday, July 11.

This series doesn’t count towards the Women’s Championship but gives both the teams an opportunity to rebuild. England haven’t played any fifty-over cricket since their loss to Australia in the ODI World Cup earlier in April. These two teams had met in the semi-final of the tournament, where England hammered South Africa by 137 runs.

South Africa women faced Ireland recently in a three-match series and were dominant in all three. After winning the first two matches by nine wickets, they smashed the hosts by 189 runs in the third ODI.

The Test played between the two teams earlier saw some competitive action amidst rain interruptions. The contest had a few top performers in Nat Sciver, Marizanne Kapp and Kate Cross.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ENG-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI

The County Ground in Northampton is a pretty good venue to bat on. Only two ODIs have been played here with the average first innings score of 211. The matches played here in the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast were high-scoring ones.

The weather at Northampton on Monday afternoon is expected to be sunny and warm. There’s almost no chance of rain while the temperature will fluctuate between 26-30°C.

England – Expected XI and Team News

England have announced a 14-member squad to take on South Africa, with Alice Davidson-Richards, Lauren Bell and Issy Wong receiving call-ups. Bell and Wong could be vying for a spot that was left vacant following Anya Shrubsole’s retirement.

Probable XI – Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean/Emma Lamb, Kate Cross, Issy Wong/Lauren Bell

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News

South Africa were dealt with a big blow ahead of the white-ball leg as Lizelle Lee announced her retirement from international cricket. Andrie Steyn will be the opening partner of Laura Wolvaardt. Masabata Klaas remains unavailable due to injury, with Sinalo Jafta likely to take the spot.

Probable XI – Andrie Steyn, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty (wk), Tumi Sekhukhune/Anneke Bosch, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka

Head to head record of ENG-W vs SA-W

Total Encounters – 40

England Won – 30

South Africa Won – 9

England lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the ENG-W vs SA-W

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Nat Sciver: All-rounder, England

Nat Sciver is amongst the very best players in women’s cricket. She had an outstanding World Cup campaign earlier this year, scoring 436 runs across eight innings at an average of 73 and strike rate of 93. Sciver smashed two hundreds and a fifty in the tournament, including 148* in the final. She has been in superb touch, coming off an unbeaten 169 in the Test. Sciver is a great C/VC pick, priced at 10 credits.

Marizanne Kapp: All-rounder, South Africa

Much like Sciver, Marizanne Kapp is one of the best in the business. The all-rounder was terrific in the World Cup, scoring 203 runs at an average of 41 and strike rate of 92. Kapp also picked 11 wickets in the tournament at an economy of 4.88. She has been in magnificent form, recently scoring 150 & 43* in the Test. Kapp is a good C/VC option, coming at 9.5 credits.

Tammy Beaumont: Wicketkeeper Batter, England

One of the top opening batters in world cricket, Tammy Beaumont has good numbers in fifty-over cricket. She has scored 3226 runs in 94 ODIs at an average of 42 with eight hundreds and 16 fifties. Beaumont has been in decent touch, scoring two fifties in her last four T20 innings. She’s a good pick, coming at 9.5 credits. 

Shabnim Ismail: Bowler, South Africa

Shabnim Ismail is one of the most skillful operators with the ball. The right arm pacer has picked 189 wickets in her ODI career from 125 matches, averaging 19.54. Ismail has snared four or more wickets on eight occasions. In her last 10 matches, Shabnim has claimed 24 wickets at a strike rate of 18.91. She will cost you 9 credits on the MPL app.

Sophie Ecclestone: Bowler, England 

Sophie Ecclestone, the no. 1 ranked bowler in women’s ODIs, has a stellar record in limited overs cricket. She was the top wicket-taker in the ODI WC, claiming 21 wickets from nine matches at an average of 15.61 while striking every 24.4 balls. Overall, the left arm spinner has 76 wickets to her credit in 47 ODIs at 21.06 average, including three four-fers. Ecclestone comes at 9 credits.

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Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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