New Zealand Women’s tour of South Africa started with a mixed bag, but they aim to bounce back in the T20I series after a spirited ODI win. The T20I series kicks off on October 6 at Buffalo Park, where New Zealand Women have historically performed well against South Africa Women.
South Africa Preview Despite a hiccup in the third ODI, South Africa Women had a strong showing in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand Women. Captain Laura Wolvaardt, with 198 runs in 3 matches at an average of 99, is in remarkable form. She’s a seasoned T20I player, having scored 361 runs in 14 South African T20Is, including three fifties. Wolvaardt will be the key batter to watch in this series.
The experienced Marizanne Kapp, who scored 144 runs in the ODI series at an average of 72, plays a crucial all-rounder role in the middle order. She is also effective with her seam bowling and likely to make an impact in the powerplay.
Opening batswoman Tazmin Brits, with 336 runs in her last 10 matches at an average of 37.33, is expected to provide a solid start in the first T20I.
South Africa boasts a formidable bowling unit. Masabata Klaas, their leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against New Zealand with 6 wickets at an average of 26.16, will be a key player.
Nonkululeko Mlaba’s slow left-arm spin has been effective, taking 11 wickets in her last 10 matches with an economy rate of 6.39.
South Africa Predicted Playing XI: Laura Wolvaardt (c), Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Chloe Tryon, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba
New Zealand Preview New Zealand Women were disappointed with their overall performance in the ODI series. Amelia Kerr’s brilliant unbeaten hundred in the final ODI spared them a whitewash, and they enter the T20I series with renewed vigor.
Amelia Kerr, with a hundred and a fifty in the ODI series, will be the key batter for New Zealand. Her excellent form and familiarity with the conditions make her a player to watch.
Experienced batter Suzie Bates, though not in top form in the ODIs, boasts an impressive T20I record against South Africa, averaging 57.44.
Brooke Halliday, with 114 runs in the ODI series at an average of 57, could be pivotal in the middle order.
The Kiwi bowling attack will be led by Lea Tahuhu, who has taken 20 wickets in her last 9 matches at a strike rate of 9.9. Hannah Rowe and all-rounder Sophie Devine will also play crucial roles.
New Zealand Predicted Playing XI: Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Green, Georgia Plimmer, Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Eden Carson, Fran Jonas
Weather and Pitch Conditions Buffalo Park offers a typical South African surface favoring both seam bowlers and batters. Fast bowlers will relish the consistent bounce and movement on this track, while run-making won’t be easy.
The weather forecast for East London on match day is cloudy and humid, with occasional rain.
Venue Details The average first innings score at Buffalo Park in women’s T20Is is 128. The highest total here is 167-2 by India Women against West Indies Women in January 2023. With run-scoring challenging, a target of 140-150 runs should be competitive.
Toss: The team winning the toss is likely to field first, considering the favorable conditions for chasing and possible rain interruptions.
RSAW vs NZW Winning Prediction In T20Is, New Zealand Women have a dominant record against South Africa Women, winning 10 out of 13 matches. However, South Africa holds the home advantage and the confidence of an ODI series win. New Zealand Women, after a shaky start to the tour, are expected to put up a stronger performance in the T20I series. This match promises to be closely contested, but New Zealand might emerge victorious.
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