The third and the final match of the three-match ODI series between England and South Africa will be played on July 18 at the Grace Road in Leicester. The match will start at 6.30 PM IST. England have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
In the second ODI that was played on July 15 in Bristol, England beat South Africa by 114 runs. Batting first, England posted 337/5 in 50 overs and in reply, South Africa were bowled out for 223 in 41 overs. Sophia Dunkley scored a brilliant 107 for England while for South Africa Marizanne Kapp starred with the bat muscling 73. Among the bowlers, Nadine de Klerk and Chloe Tryon were the most successful ones for South Africa as the duo claimed two wickets apiece while for England, it was Charlotte Dean with four wickets.
England and South Africa have played 42 ODIs against each other, out of which England have won 32, South Africa have won nine and one match did not produce a result.
England: Heather Knight (c), Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Issy Wong
South Africa: Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt
Players to watch
The wily right arm off spinner of England wreaked havoc with the ball in the second ODI against South Africa as she scalped 53/4 in 10 overs. This was her third four-wicket haul in 15 ODIs. She bowled well in the middle phase of the innings and stymied the flow of runs from the opposition batters.
The right-handed top order batter of England registered her maiden ODI century in the second ODI against South Africa. She smashed 107 runs off 93 balls, including eight boundaries and two sixes. She came in to bat in the 22nd over and there in the middle till the very last ball of the innings. She bagged the player of the match award for her match winning knock.
This South Africa all-rounder top scored with 73 runs off 59 balls in the second ODI against England. The right-handed middle order batter hammered 10 boundaries and a six in her innings. She led the run chase from the front, however failed to take her side home. Apart from her batting, she opened the bowling with Shabnim Ismail and bowled nine overs, conceding 60 runs.
She was one of the most successful bowlers for South Africa in the second ODI against England. The left arm spinner struck with 34/2 in seven overs and was the most economical bowler for the Proteas. In addition to her bowling, she has the reputation of being a hard-hitting middle order batter.
The venue has hosted 16 women’s ODIs to date with the last one being played in September 2021. Out of the 16 matches played here, the teams batting first have won seven and the teams batting second have won nine. The average first innings score is 220 and the average second innings score is 159. The highest score achieved here is 377 and the lowest is 48. A high scoring contest is expected to be on the cards as the surface will be fresh.
The weather is expected to be partly sunny and warmer. The temperature can go up to 35 degrees Celsius. The expected cloud cover is four percent and the probability of precipitation is nil. The wind will blow from the west-southwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Trisha Chetty, Emma Lamb, Sophia Dunkley, Laura Wolvaardt, Natalie Sciver, Chloe Tryon, Tammy Beaumont, Marizanne Kapp, Charlotte Dean, Sophie Ecclestone, Nadine de Klerk
Date: July 18, 2022
Time: 6.30 PM IST
Venue: Grace Road, Leicester
Live streaming: SONY LIV
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.