South Africa Women vs England Women 2nd T20I: Match Preview.. England will head to Worcester with their sights on a series victory.
South Africa women’s miserable run in white-ball cricket was prolonged against hosts England as they succumbed to a fourth successive defeat on the tour, losing the first T20I in Chelmsford. England are just a win away from securing back-to-back series triumphs against the visitors following their clean-sweep in the ODI series.
South Africa were put in to bat first after Heather Knight called it right at the toss in the previous game. But the visitors managed just 111/9 in their 20 overs as the English bowlers controlled the proceedings throughout the first innings.
The hosts romped past the South African total by the end of the 15th over with six wickets to spare. Sophia Dunkley, a week after registering her maiden ton in ODIs, displayed her power-hitting abilities in the 20-over format with a blistering 59 off 39 deliveries, setting the tone for the chase.
But it was veteran English pacer Katherine Brunt, who had set up the series opener for the hosts as she recorded career-best figures of 4/15 in the first innings. The 37-year-old had a memorable day in the field as she became only the second Englishwoman to reach the milestone of 100 wickets in the format when she dismissed the opposition skipper Sune Luus.
Pitch and conditions
The surface at the County Ground in Worcester often assists the seamers. But the batters also enjoy playing on the surface with decent bounce on offer. The toss wouldn’t be much of a factor at this point with the English team dominating in all aspects of the game.
Playing combinations for ENG-W vs SA-W
The message in the dressing room will be to keep things simple and continue with the same team in the second T20I. Although the experiment of promoting all-rounder Danni Wyatt up the order didn’t work in the series opener, they would likely persist with the same batting order.
Predicted Playing XI: Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Bryony Smith, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn
South Africa Women
Marizanne Kapp pulling out of the series is a huge blow for the visitors who have struggled for runs from their top-order batters. The gulf in quality between the two sides has been on show in the white-ball series, with inexperience in the Proteas camp playing a vital role in their downfall. They will have to conjure up something special in the do-or-die second T20I to avoid another series loss at the hands of the hosts.
Predicted Playing XI: Anneke Bosch, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka