The seventh match of the ICC Women’s World T20 2023 will be played between South Africa and New Zealand on February 13 at Boland Park in Paarl. The game will begin at 10.30 PM IST (7 PM LOCAL).
Both teams will play their second match in the tournament, having lost their previous encounters. While South Africa went down to Sri Lanka by three runs, New Zealand suffered a crushing 97-run defeat.
South Africa and New Zealand have played 12 T20Is against each other, out of which New Zealand have won 10 and South Africa have won two.
South Africa: Sune Luus (c), Annerie Dercksen, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Ayabonga Khaka, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Tazmin Brits, Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Sinalo Jafta, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Anneke Bosch, Delmi Tucker
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Eden Carson, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Players to watch
The captain of South Africa top-scored in her last appearance against Sri Lanka. Batting at number four, the right-handed batter scored 28 off 27, including one six. She came into bat in the eighth over and was there till the 19th.
The star all-rounder of South Africa opened the bowling with Shabnim Ismail in the last game against Sri Lanka. The right-arm seamer scalped 15/1 in four overs and was the most economical bowler. She also scored 11 off 12, batting at number three.
The right-arm pace sensation of New Zealand opened the bowling in the last encounter against Australia. She claimed 37/3 in four overs. She struck in her first over getting rid of the dangerous Beth Mooney. Besides, she can be handy with the bat in the middle order.
The wily right-arm leg-spinner of New Zealand was one of the most successful bowlers for her side in the last fixture against Australia. She snapped 23/3 in four overs and was effective in the middle and death overs. She was also the most economical bowler for her team. With the bat, she mustered 21 off 30.
It will be the tournament’s fourth match at the venue, with the third being played early in the day. Out of the two games played till February 12, the teams batting first and second have won one each. The wicket looks good for batting. A run-feast could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be hot with plenty of sunshine. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 36 degrees Celsius. There will be a zero percent cloud cover and a one percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the northwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Maddy Green, Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt, Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Sophie Devine, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Jess Kerr
Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 10.30 PM IST (7 PM LOCAL)
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
Live streaming: Star Sports Network
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