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SA-W vs WI-W, Women’s World Cup 2022: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: South Africa women vs West Indies women, Women’s World Cup 2022 (SA-W vs WI-W)

Date: March 24, Thursday, 3:30 AM IST

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand

South Africa Women will take on West Indies Women in match 23 of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 24.  Sune Luus-led South Africa won their first four games of the tournament on a trot, before losing to Australia on Monday.

After being asked to bat first, South Africa scored 271 for 5 in 50 overs. Laura Wolvaardt was once again the best batter for the side – she scored a knock of 90 which was laced with six boundaries. Skipper Luus also chipped in with a half-century. But Australia, helped by an unbeaten 135 from Meg Lanning, chased down the target with 4.4 overs to spare. After this loss, South Africa are now second in the points table with 8 points. Australia are right at the top with 12 points.

West Indies, on the other hand, are still in the race for the semi-finals. With six points, they are placed fourth in the table and the next game will be a must-win to keep themselves in the top four. With three wins and as many losses in six games, the West Indies have been largely inconsistent in this edition of the World Cup. They come into this game on the back of an eight-wicket loss to Pakistan.

Ahead of match 23, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for SA-W vs WI-W

The conditions in New Zealand have favoured the batters so far, but the bowlers have also enjoyed their moments. The pitch at Basin Reserve is also a balanced one where the average first innings score is 238 runs.  The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 16 to 25 degree Celsius. But there is a forecast for rain for most of the day and we could see yet another rain-curtailed game.

South Africa women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Laura Wolvaardt is the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament and has scored four successive half-centuries. Luus has also scored three fifties and averages 45.20. But the team needs contribution from the experienced Mignon du Preez, who has been out of form since the start of 2021.

Predicted XI: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (C), Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (Wk), Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas

West Indies women team news and predicted XI

Team news: West Indies have been largely inconsistent so far, and the major reason behind this is the lack of teamwork by the batters. Their batting has been disappointing in nearly all the games, with Hayley Matthews being the only warrior with the bat in the first few games. But in the recent games, Matthews’ form has also dipped.

Predicted XI: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Kycia Knight, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Aaliyah Alleyne, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman

Head to head record

South Africa and West Indies have played 32 ODIs against each other, of which South Africa have won 16, West Indies have won 10, three matches were tied and another three were washed out.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SA-W vs WI-W

Shabnim Ismail – Bowler, South Africa women

Shabnim Ismail was the Player of the Match in the game against Pakistan for picking up three wickets for 41 runs. She was also the wrecker-in-chief in the game against New Zealand with three wickets. Overall, the medium pacer has nine wickets in five games this World Cup, and she has also been fairly economical. The 33-year-old brings with her the experience of playing 119 ODIs, from which she has 173 wickets.

Laura Wolvaardt – Batter, South Africa women

Opener Laura Wolvaardt is South Africa’s highest run-scorer and the second-highest run-scorer in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. After scoring 41 runs against Bangladesh in the opening game, she went on to score four consecutive fifties in the next four games. She missed out on a century by just 10 runs against Australia two nights ago, and will be looking to reach the three-figure mark this time around. The young right-hand batsman has played 71 ODIs, from which she averages 46.42.

Sune Luus – All-rounder, South Africa

Another South Africa batter you must pick in your MPL fantasy team is skipper Sune Luus. She has three half-centuries in five games, two of which came in her last two innings. Luus will be looking to carry the same form into the next game. With the ball, however, the legbreak bowler has just one wicket in five games. In all, the 26-year-old has a batting average of almost 25 in 97 ODIs while also picking up 109 wickets.

Hayley Matthews – All-rounder, West Indies

Hayley Matthews started the tournament with a fine century against hosts New Zealand, and scored 45 runs each in the next two games. But her form dipped in the next three games in which she managed only 19 runs combined. She has been a bit more consistent with the ball, picking up 10 wickets in six games, including a four-wicket haul against Bangladesh. For West Indies to stay afloat in the competition, contribution from Matthews in both the batting and bowling department will be crucial.

Deandra Dottin – Batter, West Indies

Deandra Dottin has got starts in almost all her innings but has not been able to convert them into long innings, except for when she scored 62 against India. She will be hunting for her second fifty in the game against South Africa. With the ball, she has not been able to do anything substantial so far. Dottin brings with her the experience of playing 141 ODIs in which she averages 30.52. As a medium pacer, she has picked up 72 wickets in the format.

MPL fantasy XI – SA-W vs WI-W

SA-W vs WI-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Women’s World Cup 2022 will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the games on the Disney + Hotstar app. The South Africa women vs West Indies women match will begin at 3.30 AM IST on March 24.

Also read: Most stumpings in Test cricket: Best wicket-keepers in the business

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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