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SA-W vs AUS-W, Women’s WC 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: South Africa Women vs Australia Women, (SA-W vs AUS-W, Match #21)

Date: March 22, 2022 – 3:30 AM IST

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the Australia vs South Africa women’s match live on Star Sports 2 or Star Sports 3 at 3:30 AM IST. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. 

South Africa Women vs Australia Women: 

The two undefeated teams in the Women’s ODI World Cup 2022, Australia and South Africa will lock horns in the match no. 21 in Wellington. The two teams will look to keep their winning streak alive when they meet at the Basin Reserve on March 22. 

Sune Luus-led South African side has been the most admirable story of the tournament. They have won four out of four matches and are sitting in second place comfortably. In the last game, they defeated New Zealand in a close contest by 2 wickets. Bowling first, they restricted the hosts to 228. Laura Wolvaardt (67) and Sune Luus (51) took them closer to the target while Marizanne Kapp scored a vital 34* as they crossed the line with three balls to spare. 

Meg Lanning’s Australia have won five out of five matches and are through to the semifinals. They’re coming off a last-over victory over India in the last game. They conceded 277/7 while bowling first and needed to pull off the highest run-chase in WC history to win the game. In response, Alyssa Healy smashed 72 while captain Lanning scored a magnificent 97. Beth Mooney scored a crucial 30 off 20 to take the team over the line. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SA-W vs AUS-W

Basin Reserve in Wellington has usually assisted bowlers more. The venue has hosted a total of 32 ODIs in men’s and women’s cricket, with the average first innings score of 219. The highest total posted here was 318/6 by New Zealand men and the lowest of 74 was also by them. Two matches have been played here in the ongoing WC, with first innings scores of 269/8 and 131. 

As for the weather, scattered thunderstorms are expected in Wellington on Tuesday. There’s an 81% chance of rain predicted and we could have some interruptions in the match. The temperature will fluctuate between 17-21°C. 

Australia – Expected XI and Team News 

Australia Women have a pretty settled and in-form top 7 and it is likely to remain the same. They have managed the young quick Darcie Brown’s workload well, playing her only in important clashes. There’s a possibility Amanda-Jade Wellington could come in for one of Jess Jonassen or Alana King.

Probable XI – Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland/Darcie Brown, Jess Jonassen/Amanda-Jade Wellington, Alana King, Megan Schutt

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News 

Like their counterparts, South Africa also have a pretty settled unit. The batting line-up of Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp looks good. The bowling trio of Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Marizanne Kapp has been superb. 

Probable XI – Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Sune Luus (c), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka 

Head to head record of SA-W vs AUS-W 

The head to head record between Australia and South Africa women in the ODI format is utterly one-sided. Out of 13 ODIs between the two, Australia have won 12 while one match ended in a tie. 

Australia Women – 12 

South Africa Women – 0

Tie – 1

Match 21: Five players to watch out for in the SA-W vs AUS-W 

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

Rachael Haynes: Batter, Australia

Rachael Haynes is amongst the most consistent players in the world. The left hand opener has a very good record in ODI cricket, having scored 2408 runs at an average of over 39, including two hundreds and 17 fifties. Haynes is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing WC with 320 runs from five games at an average of 80. Haynes is a good C/VC pick at 9 credits. 

Marizanne Kapp: All-rounder, South Africa

Marizanne Kapp is one of the top all-rounders in the game and is the MVP of South Africa. She has 2132 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 29 while also picking 144 wickets at an economy of 3.69. Kapp has been superb in the ongoing WC, picking 10 scalps in four matches and scoring 115 runs. Marizanne is priced at 9.5 credits and is an excellent C/VC option. 

Meg Lanning: Batter, Australia

Meg Lanning is one of the most dominant batters in world cricket. The Megastar has 4292 runs to her name in the fifty-over format at a sublime average of over 52 and strike rate of 92. She has scored 14 hundreds and 19 fifties in ODI cricket. Lanning has scored 223 runs from five games and is coming off a 97-run knock. Priced at 10 credits, she is a good C/VC option.

Laura Wolvaardt: Batter, South Africa

Laura Wolvaardt has been one of the most consistent batters in recent times. The SA opener has 2742 runs in 70 ODI matches at an average of 46, including three hundreds and 24 fifties. She has been superb in the ongoing WC, scoring 260 runs from four games with the help of three fifties. Wolvaardt is priced at 9.5 credits. 

Beth Mooney: Batter, Australia

Beth Mooney has a fantastic record for Australia across formats. In ODI cricket, the left hander has scored 1558 runs in 50 matches at an average of 47, including two hundreds and 10 fifties. In the ongoing WC, she has scored 138 runs and has only been dismissed once. SA have a potent new ball attack, meaning Mooney could have a bigger role to play at no. 5. She’s priced at 9 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

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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