An Indian Indian women’s cricket team would like to regain some rhythm in the second ODI against South Africa on Tuesday after the openers were dismissed in the series. Although skipper Mithali Raj and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur insisted that rust would not be an issue in their first series in 12 months, India clearly saw a side that longed as an opener in a five-match series Did not play Sunday. On the other hand a better-prepared South Africa were clinical and would be difficult to defeat in the upcoming games.
After the game, Kaur realized that the players needed some time to gel as a unit. No batsman could put himself on a good batting surface, stopping Kaur, Raj and Deepti Sharma to some extent.
Many of them were to blame for the poor shot selection revealed by Kaur after the game.
The spinners, who are traditionally considered to be India’s strengths, barely upset Lizelle Lee’s South African pair and 21-year-old Laura Volvard, who took the highest opening wicket stand against India to run away with the competition.
However, there were some positives, such as Raj scoring a brilliant half-century and showing pace bowler Jhulan Goswami that he is still one of the best in the business. Both the giants were playing their first game from November 2019.
Kaur also looked good in her 100th ODI, but preferred to turn the start into a big score.
Opener Smriti Mandhana hit three magnificent fours before a loose shot fell and prepared herself to bat for a long time on Tuesday.
Raj conceded to India after the match, saying that some of them started, but they could not convert. The bowlers should be consistent with the lines and length, perhaps they were not consistent as they were coming back after a long break. Only 177 can post that South Africa chased in only 40.1 overs.
Fast bowler Monica Patel was made her debut on Sunday and may be handed more captaincy in the second match with the management keeping an eye on the preparations for next year’s World Cup.
Taking a run against South Africa seems a daunting task given the way he played as an opener. He recently took a team into confidence to evacuate Pakistan at home.
His swift attack under the leadership of Shabnam Ismail was impressive and the Indians would have to find a way to negate that threat.
Women of India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemlata, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (Wicket Keeper), Sweta Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaekwad Johar Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C. Statue, Monica Patel.
Women of South Africa: Sune Luce (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabineem Ismail, Laura Volvard, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marijane Cup, Nondumu Shonge, Lijel Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunclinliffe, Nonkuloko, Nokuloko. Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhune.
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