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WI-W vs SA-W, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: West Indies Women vs South Africa Women, 3rd ODI (WI-W vs SA-W) 

Date: September 13, 2021 (7:30 PM)

Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

WI-W vs SA-W, 3rd ODI: Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Indian viewers will be able to watch the third ODI match between West Indies Women and South Africa Women live on the FanCode app and also on the FanCode website,  from 7:30 PM IST on 13th September, Monday.

WI-W vs SA-W, 3rd ODI – What to expect: 

Unlike the T20I series, where South Africa failed to win the last match after a dominating win in the previous match, the Proteas have managed to maintain consistency in the ODI series. They set the tone up with a dominating 8-wicket win in the first match.

In the second ODI, they backed their previous performance by putting up a more lethal display. Winning the toss, West Indies’ skipper Anisa Mohammed once again made the same mistake of opting to bat first.

The South African bowlers, however, did not make a single mistake, as they managed to wrap up the hosts for only 120. In the run chase, West Indies did manage to get first ODI’s star Lizelle Lee out in the eighth over, but that was ultimately of no use, as Laura Wolvaardt’s stunning knock and Lara Goodall’s supporting act handed South Africa the win. This is a do-or-die match for West Indies, as South Africa are only one victory away from winning the five-match ODI series.

Pitch Report of WI-W vs SA-W, 3rd ODI

The West Indian batters have made the Coolidge Cricket Ground surface look unplayable, but the South African batters have portrayed a different story. In less than 70 overs across the two ODI matches, the Proteas have scored 278 runs, losing only three wickets in the process. Their numbers prove that there is enough help for the batters here at Antigua, but the women with the willow will also have to show their skill in terms of temperament and shot selection.

West Indies Women, Expected XI and Team News 

West Indies’ usual skipper Stafanie Taylor is still isolating after she came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and though the performance from the hosts has been appalling, there is not much that stand-in skipper Anisa Mohammad can do in terms of team combination. Shamilia Connell and Shabika Gajnabi, the two players who missed out in the first match but were given a chance in the second, could not do much to justify their selection.  Hence, Britney Cooper and Aaliyah Alleyne might be reinstated in the playing XI.

Probable XI – Hayley Matthews, Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight (wk), Britney Cooper/Shabika Gajnabi, Chinelle Henry, Anisa Mohammed (c), Qiana Joseph, Aaliyah Alleyne/Shamilia Connell, Karishma Ramharack

South Africa Women, Expected XI and Team News 

For South Africa, there is no reason to change their team combination, as almost everyone is playing their part in the best way possible, which is highlighted in the results. The only player who has not managed to justify her selection in the team is Shabnim Ismail. After a poor first ODI, she failed to pick up wickets in the second match as well. Ismail happens to be the only South African bowler who is yet to open her wickets tally. If skipper Dane van Niekerk wants to change things up, youngster Nonkulukeko Mlaba will be a good option.

Probable XI – Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk (c), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba/Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukhune

Head to head record of WI-W vs SA-W 

Before coming into this series, the head-to-read record in ODIs between West Indies and South Africa was hanging in the balance, as both teams got the better of their opponent on ten occasions. The numbers are now inclined towards South Africa, as with their last two wins, they have managed to secure a margin of 12-10. West Indies still have a chance of restoring balance, but given how they played in the last two matches, not many will be too optimistic about such an occurrence.

South Africa Women – 12

West Indies Women – 10

No Result – 2

Tie – 1

3rd 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 third ODI:

Lizelle Lee: Batter, South Africa Women

After being the highest run-scorer in the T20I series, Lizelle Lee is currently the highest run-scorer of the ODI series as well. She has scored 109, while her strike rate of 74.65 is the highest amongst batters from her team. Lee played a match-winning knock of 91 runs in the first ODI, and then in the second ODI, she scored 18 runs.

Laura Wolvaardt: Batter, South Africa Women

Like Lee, her opening partner Laura Wolvaardt has also managed to carry the momentum from the T20I series into the ODI series. She has scored 107 runs, and is only behind Lee on the list of highest run-scorers in this series. She also has the second-best strike rate from the South African batters – 71.81. After playing a supporting knock of 36 runs in the first match, she stole the limelight in the second ODI by scoring unbeaten 71 runs.

Dane van Niekerk: All-Rounder, South Africa Women

A major reason behind South Africa’s spirited performance in the ODI series is their skipper Dane van Niekerk, who has led from the front. Though she was not seen at her best in the T20Is, van Niekerk has picked up 4 wickets in this series, which makes her the joint-highest wicket-taker. Her economy rate of 1.85 runs per over happens to be the lowest by any bowler across both teams. Such has been her influence with the ball, that South Africa have hardly required her services with the bat.

Marizanne Kapp: All-Rounder, South Africa Women

Like van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp also has not had a chance to show what she can do with the bat, as South Africa’s bowlers have managed to restrict the West Indians to very low scores. She has also picked up 4 wickets, and while she has not been as miser as her captain in terms of conceding runs, her economy rate of 2.87 runs is impressive as well. In the second ODI, she picked up three wickets.

Kycia Knight: Wicket-keeper, West Indies Women

The only West Indian who features in our list of top picks is Kycia Knight, as she single-handedly has tried to keep West Indies in the game, in both the first and the second ODI. The 29-year-old wicket-keeper scored 39 runs in the first match, and then in the last match, she scored 22 runs from 37 balls under very difficult circumstances, as wickets were falling consistently at the other end. She is the only batter from West Indies to have scored over 50 runs in this series.

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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