The fifth T20 between India Women’s U19 and South Africa Women’s U19 will be played on January 4 at Steyn City School Ground in Pretoria. The game will begin at 1.30 PM IST (10 AM LOCAL). India Women’s U19 have taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the series.
India Women’s U19 won the first T20 by 54 runs. The second and third T20s were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield. India Women’s U19 clinched the fourth and fifth T20s by four wickets and 60 runs, respectively.
In the fifth T20, batting first, India Women’s U19 posted 121/6 in 20 overs. Shikha Shalot starred with the bat, scoring 49. For South Africa Women’s U19, Seshnie Naidu was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets. In response, the hosts were bowled out for a paltry 61 in 19 overs, losing the match by 60 runs. Kayla Reyneke top-scored with 14, while for the tourists, Soniya Mendhiya and Titas Sadhu scalped two wickets apiece.
India Women’s U19: Shafali Verma (Captain), Shweta Sehrawat (Vice-Captain), Richa Ghosh (WK), Gongadi Trisha, Soumya Tiwari, Sonia Mendhiya, Hurley Gala, Hrishita Basu (WK), Sonam Yadav, Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, Parshavi Chopra, Titas Sadhu, Falak Naz, Shabnam MD, Shikha Shalot, Najla CMC, Yashashree
South Africa Women’s U19: Karabo Meso, Simone Lourens, Oluhle Siyo, Elandri Janse Van Rensburg, Jenna Evans, Anica Swart, Jemma Botha, Miane Smit, Seshnie Naidu, Madison Landman, Kayla Reyneke, Refilwe Moncho, Ayanda Hlubi, Nthabiseng Nini, Monalisa Legodi, Caitlin Wyngaard, Diara Ramlakan
Players to Watch
She led India Women’s U19 in the fifth T20 against South Africa Women’s U19. The right-handed opening batter mustered 24 off 26, including four boundaries and as many sixes. In the process, she put together 55 runs with her opening partner Shikha Shalot to lay a solid foundation.
The right-arm pace sensation of India Women’s U19 bagged 2/2 in two overs. She opened the bowling with Shabnam and struck twice in her first over of the spell. She bowled well with the new ball and was the most economical bowler for her side.
The right-handed middle-order batter of South Africa Women’s U19 top-scored with 14 off 23 in the fifth T20 against India Women’s U19. She came into bat in the fifth over and was there till the 13th. She also bowled her full quota of four overs, giving away 11 runs and picking up one wicket.
The right-arm off-spinner of South Africa Women’s U19 was the most successful bowler for her side in the fifth T20 against India Women’s U19. The wily bowler accounted for 29/2 in four overs. She bowled well in the middle overs, striking in the eighth and 10th overs.
It will be the sixth game of the series at the venue. The last match saw 182 runs being scored. 16 wickets fell in that fixture. Expect the wicket to be on the slower side. The spinners may play an important role. On the other hand, scoring freely may take a lot of work for the batters.
The weather is expected to see some sun, then turn cloudy with a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 29 degrees Celsius. There will be a 66 percent cloud cover and a 40 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the northwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Richa Ghosh, Oluhle Siyo, Shafali Verma, Shweta Sehrawat, Soumya Tiwari, Hurley Gala, Archana Devi, Kayla Reyneke, Ayanda Hlubi, Seshnie Naidu, Titas Sadhu
Date: January 4, 2023
Time: 1.30 PM IST (10 AM LOCAL)
Venue: Steyn City School Ground, Pretoria
Live streaming: Pitch Vision (YouTube)
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.