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WI-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI: Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: West Indies Women vs South Africa Women, 1st ODI (WI-W vs SA-W)

Date: September 8, 2021 (12:15 AM)

Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

WI-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI: Where and what time to watch the match live in India?

Indian viewers will be able to watch the first ODI match between West Indies Women and South Africa Women live on the FanCode app and also on the FanCode website,  from 12:15 AM IST on 8th September, Wednesday.

WI-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI: What to expect? 

The results will tell us that the series ended in a 1-1 stalemate, but the three-match T20I series between West Indies Women and South Africa Women was not particularly closely contested. Rain played spoilsport in the first T20I, which did not yield a result.

What was surprising is that the next two T20Is were completely one-sided affairs, with South Africa running riot in the second match of the series and West Indies outsmarting the visitors in the third match.

Hence, going into this series, both teams will be eyeing stability. South African bowlers did well in both matches, but their batters only turned up in one of the outings, which is something they would not want to repeat. Similarly, West Indies will also expect better performances from their batters.

Pitch Report of WI-W vs SA-W, 1st ODI

The West Indies men’s team played a T20I series against Sri Lanka here at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua earlier this year. In three matches, we did not see 160+ runs being scored in an innings once, which shows that the batters will not find great joy on this track. Batting becomes easier as the match progresses, and hence, the wise option will be to bowl first after winning the toss.

West Indies Women, Expected XI and Team News 

It was previously reported that Stafanie Taylor will miss only the T20I series, as she was serving isolation after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. While West Indies have not officially confirmed the squad for ODIs yet, one can assume that Taylor will be back for this match. If she is cleared to feature, the West Indian skipper is likely to replace Chinelle Henry in the playing XI. Besides that, the team management will have a headache of selecting one player from Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell, who both performed poorly in the T20I series. They do have an alternative in Sheneta Grimmond, but since she has played only four ODIs, it is unlikely that West Indies will throw her at the deep end.

Probable XI – Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Kyshona Knight, Stafanie Taylor (c), Chedean Nation, Kycia Knight (wk), Britney Cooper, Qiana Joseph/Aaliyah Alleyne, Karishma Ramharack, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman/Shamilia Connell

South Africa Women, Expected XI and Team News 

Dane van Niekerk will have a full-strength squad at her disposal, and while the lineup South Africa played in the T20I series is arguably their strongest lineup on paper, the team did not produce results that fans would have expected. Though it is not highly likely, van Niekerk might make one or two changes to the playing XI. Masabata Klaas picked up only one wicket in the T20I series, so she might see her place being taken by the experienced Shabnim Ismail, who has 150 ODI wickets to her name.

Probable XI – Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk (c), Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nonkululeko Mlaba, Sune Luus, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas/Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon

Head to head record of WI-W vs SA-W 

The head-to-read records in ODI cricket between West Indies Women and South Africa Women is as tight as it could possibly be. The Proteas have clashed with the women from the Caribbean 23 times, out of which, both teams have emerged victorious on 10 occasions. One match ended as a tie, while two outings did not yield any result. These two teams last met in an ODI series at Bridgetown back in 2018, where the series ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

South Africa Women – 10

West Indies Women – 10

No Result – 2

Tie – 1

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the West Indies Women vs South Africa Women match 

Here we take a look at the key players to watch out for in the first ODI:

Lizelle Lee: Batter, South Africa Women

Lizelle Lee was the best batter from both teams in the T20I series. The swashbuckling opening batter scored 114 runs in three innings, with her strike rate of 128.08 being the second highest from her team. She also had a good average of 38 in that series. The 29-year-old’s numbers in ODI cricket is exemplary. Lee has played 89 ODIs, in which she has scored 2986 runs, hitting three centuries and twenty half-centuries in the process.

Laura Wolvaardt: Batter, South Africa Women

Laura Wolvaardt was also brilliant with the bat for South Africa in the T20I series. She scored 71 runs in three innings, and her strike rate of 229.03 was the highest from any batter across both teams. Though she is only 22 years old, Wolvaardt has played 58 ODI matches for her country, in which she has scored 2150 runs. She has hit two centuries in this format, and also has 19 ODI half-centuries to her name.

Marizanne Kapp: All-Rounder, South Africa Women

After a fantastic The Hundred campaign, Marizanne Kapp is showing her class in the national colours as well. She was South Africa’s best bowler in the T20I series, plucking 4 wickets, while Kapp also scored 60 runs in three innings. The 31-year-old all-rounder has played 115 ODIs, in which she has scored 2017 runs and has plucked 129 wickets as well.

Hayley Matthews: All-Rounder, West Indies Women

Hayley Matthews hardly did anything worth remembering with the bat in the recently-concluded T20I series, but as for her bowling, she was seen at the top of her game. She was her team’s highest wicket-taker with four scalps. In 66 ODI appearances for West Indies, Matthews has scored 1055 runs and has plucked 52 wickets.

Deandra Dottin: Batter, West Indies Women

Arguably, the only West Indian batter who looked in good form in the T20I series was Deandra Dottin. She was her team’s leading run-scorer with 54 runs, while her strike rate of 128.57 was the highest amongst those who scored 30 or more runs. Dottin has scored 2911 runs in her 122 ODI appearances for West Indies.

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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