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India Women take on South Africa Women in dress rehearsal of tri-series final | PREVIEW

After losing to India in the first match of the tri-series, South Africa will be aiming to improve their performance before the final rematch. They easily defeated West Indies by a big margin to secure a spot in the final.

Kartik Mehindru Edited By: Kartik Mehindru @mehindrukartik New Delhi Updated on: January 27, 2023 14:52 IST
India defeated South Africa in the 1st game by 27 runs.
Image Source : CSA India defeated South Africa in the 1st game by 27 runs.

India's top players are expected to adopt a bolder attitude when they encounter South Africa in a dress rehearsal for the final of the women's tri-series on Saturday. With West Indies losing all of their first three games, the final on February 2 will be between India and South Africa.

It if wasn't for the experienced duo of Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur, India would have struggled to post a competitive total against the West Indies in their previous league fixture.

While they both are expected to perform consistently for the team, the captain will be expecting stand-out performances from the younger lot. Opening the innings in the absence of Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia has not been able to attack the bowlers in the powerplay. With due respect to South Africa and West India, a similar batting approach can prove costly against tougher opponents like Australia and England in the upcoming World Cup.

In the absence of Richa Ghosh, who is also on India U-19 duty with Shafali, the team needs to find another power hitter in the middle order. Rookie Amanjot Kaur was impressive on her debut and would be itching to use the long handle again. Jemimah Rodrigues' wretched run has continued since the home series against Australia and she needs to find runs ahead of the ICC event next month. The game will also provide another opportunity for Harleen Deol to make an impact after two failures.

All-rounder Pooja Vastrakar is yet to get a game considering her fitness but she might play on Saturday. Shikha Pandey, who made a surprise return to the national team, will be expected to provide early breakthroughs after going wicketless in her comeback game. Having lost to India in the tri-series opener, South Africa will be looking to make amends ahead of a repeat clash in the final. The hosts hammered West Indies by 10 wickets to seal their place in the title clash.

After losing to India in the first match of the tri-series, South Africa will be aiming to improve their performance before the final rematch. They easily defeated West Indies by a big margin to secure a spot in the final.

Full Squads

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarvani, Shushma Verma (wk), Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Sabbhineni Meghana, Sneh Rana and Shikha Pandey

South Africa: Suné Luus (captain), Chloé Tryon (vice-captain), Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Annerie Dercksen, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Tebogo Macheke, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Delmi Tucker and Laura Wolvaardt

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(Inputs PTI)

 

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