Match 2: Ireland v South Africa | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI

The second ODI of the three-match ODI series between Ireland and South Africa will be played on June 14 at Castle Avenue in Dublin. South Africa lead the series 1-0 after handing a crushing nine-wicket defeat to Ireland in the first ODI on Saturday.

 

Match 2: Ireland v South Africa Women | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI
Match 2: Ireland v South Africa Women | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI

 

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ireland had a horrid day with the bat as they were bundled out cheaply for 69 in 27.2 overs. Georgina Dempsey was the lone warrior in the fight as she top-scored with an unbeaten 19 off 20 balls for Ireland. On the other hand, Shabnim Ismail and Sune Luus wreaked havoc with the ball as they scalped three wickets apiece. In reply, South Africa completed the formalities in just 16 overs, thanks to Lara Goodall who led the run chase with an undefeated 32 off 40 balls. Dempsey starred with the ball as well as she was the solitary wicket-taker for the hosts.

This ODI series will be a part of the 2022-25 cycle of ICC Women’s Championship (IWC). Only the top six teams from the 10-team IWC will qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2025. Therefore, this ODI series will be equally important for both teams.

Match Preview: 2nd ODI between Ireland and South Africa

Head-to-Head

Ireland and South Africa have played 18 ODIs against each other with Ireland winning one, South Africa winning 16 and one matches not producing a result.

Squads

Ireland: Gaby Lewis (captain), Alana Dalzell, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Sarah Forbes, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Kate McEvoy, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack, Mary Waldron

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South Africa: Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Sune Luus (captain), Nonkululeko Mlaba, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt

Players to watch

Arlene Kelly:

This right arm seamer from Auckland, who plays for Ireland was the most economical bowler in the first ODI against South Africa. She bowled well with the new ball, conceding just eight runs in four overs. She was also the only bowler to bowl a maiden over in Irish bowling innings.

Georgina Dempsey:

The Irish all-rounder made useful contributions with both bat and ball in the first ODI against South Africa. She top-scored with the bat mustering 19 not out off 20 balls and with the ball was the only wicket-taker for Ireland. She is a right-handed batter and a right arm seamer.

Lara Goodall:

The left-handed top order batter of South Africa led the run chase from the front with an unbeaten 32 off 40 balls to steer her side to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Ireland in the first ODI. Her innings was embellished with five boundaries and in the process she stitched a 55-run partnership with Andrie Steyn.

Sune Luus:

The captain of South Africa was the pick of the bowlers in her last outing against Ireland. The wily leg spinner spun the web to account for 3-16 in seven overs. She bowled tight lines and lengths which resulted in a couple of maiden overs in her spell.

Pitch

The last match that was played here turned out to be a low scoring contest as less than 150 runs were scored. There was nothing wrong with the wicket as the South African batters made mincemeat of the run chase. The cloudy conditions could assist the bowlers, especially in the first innings.

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Weather

The weather is expected to be cloudy. The average temperature will be around 18 degrees Celsius. As per the forecast, there is 10 percent chance of rain and 96 percent cloud cover. The wind will blow from the south-southwest.

Fantasy Playing XI

Mary Waldron, Gaby Lewis, Lara Goodall, Laura Wolvaardt, Arlene Kelly, Leah Paul, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Georgina Dempsey

Match details

Date: June 14, 2022

Time: 3.15PM IST

Venue: Castle Avenue, Dublin

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