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by Alastair Symondson Friday 16 November 2018
England had an easy win over Bangladesh, a loss against Windies and a washed out game against Sri Lanka. Their openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont are yet to fire and the team would expect some more contribution from them.
Wyatt in particular, would be key for England's fortunes as she can not only score but score quickly. She would be followed by Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight.
The English batting may have to opt for a different approach against South Africa. Proteas are known for having one of the best bowling attacks in women's cricket.
The pace of Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail would take some doing from the English side to negotiate. Ismail especially is one of the quickest doing the rounds in the women's circuit and can blast out batting line ups.
South Africa would be deeply hurt by their loss against Windies. They had restricted them for 107 and were going good guns before a huge batting collapse ensued. However, this was always a worry for them as they have all their best batsmen in the top four in Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk and not much to follow.
Anya Shrubsole would be the leader of the English bowling line up. The other threat would be the leg spin of Kirstie Gordon who can prove to be a handful, mainly for the South African lower-middle order.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
England- Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Lauren Winfield, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Linsey Smith, Kirstie Gordon
South Africa- Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Moseline Daniels
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Danielle Wyatt (England), Lizelle Lee (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Anya Shrubsole (England), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Danielle Wyatt (England), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting – England 140+ , South Africa 120+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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