The absence of power-hitters has been Indian ladies’s bane for the longest time and they’d count on all-rounder Deepti Sharma and wicketkeeper-batter Sushma Verma to up the ante on the back-end through the fourth ODI in opposition to South Africa, on Sunday. Blown away in the series-opener, India had bounced again in model within the second ODI however Mithali Raj’s aspect could not go the space within the third game, happening narrowly by six runs by way of the D/L methodology. The hosts have been outclassed by an unbeaten 131-ball 132 by opener Lizelle Lee, who anchored South Africa’s run-chase with consummate ease after India had posted a aggressive 248 for five.
Despite going sturdy at one stage, India could not step up the speed with the crew managing simply 27 runs within the final 30 balls following the dismissal of vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and that is an space the crew will look to enhance, particularly with the World Cup lower than a 12 months away.
“We definitely need to have batters playing the last 10 overs because obviously the sort of game that a batter has and can improve it to the optimum, the lower or tail-ender may not, so it is important that we have the batters playing the last 10 overs,” skipper Mithali Raj had mentioned on Friday.
“…yes we have players like Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) and Deepti (Sharma) and it is just a matter of few innings that they will come good in those 10 overs.”
Deepti is without doubt one of the pillars of this Indian crew however sadly, she hasn’t been in a position to make any vital enchancment relating to the ability facet of her sport that has been missing for various years.
With Neetu David’s choice committee actually making a ‘harakiri’ by conserving younger Shafali Verma out of the WODI set-up, the one power-hitter within the crew is Harmanpreet with likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut and skipper Mithali Raj all possessing identical model of accumulating runs and never the best of strike-rates.
While the lower-order has did not pack a punch with the bat, opener Rodrigues’ lack of type for a very long time (even earlier than COVID-19 halted proceedings) may also be a priority for India.
The paucity of expertise on the home degree implies that Rodrigues’ does not face any worthy competitors from her friends and even when she is complacent, one is not left with too many choices. She is a crucial cog within the batting unit together with Raut and Smriti Mandhana, who’ve appeared in good contact within the collection thus far.
The first Indian lady cricketer and second internationally to succeed in 10,000 runs, Mithali has had an honest run in each outings.
Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami has frequently offered the breakthroughs and sits on the high of wicket-taker record with eight scalps and her type might be essential to India’s probabilities. With 4 wickets thus far, spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad have achieved the supporting function nicely, whereas Mansi Joshi too had picked up a few wickets within the second ODI.
For South Africa, Lizelle Lee has been in scintillating type as she amassed 219 runs thus far, which features a 83 within the first ODI and 132 not out within the final ODI.
Among bowlers, Shabnim Ismail has been their most profitable bowler with six wickets within the collection, whereas Marizanne Kapp and Nonkululeko Mlaba have snapped two wickets every thus far.
The match begins at 9 am.
India ladies: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica Patel.
South Africa ladies: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
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