South Africa’s practice session on Sunday (Oct.13). © Womens CricZone

At times, the way teams go about with their practise can tell you the feeling the camp. India’s session had an air of calmness around it. The players were going through their drills in a relaxed manner. Generally, players bat in pairs in a net session, giving a rough idea about where they are likely 

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Marizanne Kapp returned to the international fold with a fighting half-century. © Getty Images

A glance at the batting card of South Africa from the first ODI will tell you that Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp got starts. Apart from Kapp, the others didn’t convert theirs into something big. But having watched the game, Trisha Chetty and Mignon du Preez – though the score against their names 

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Jhulan Goswami gets ready to bowl in the nets on the right as Mithali Raj takes knockdowns on the left. © Womens CricZone

“Bowled, Jhulu di!” Biju George, India’s fielding coach cheered, more than once, as he stood near the nets where Jhulan Goswami was bowling. The Indian fast bowler was going through her paces and was often seen discussing her seam position and wrist position with George as well as head coach WV Raman. In the adjacent 

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Eyes on the prize: Meg Lanning and Australia will want nothing less than a win. © Getty Images

When Meg Lanning urged the need of match-winning hundreds, her two key players – Rachael Haynes and Jess Jonassen – obliged, although in different departments. Haynes’s career-best knock of 118 from 132 balls meant Australia were in control of the second ODI against Sri Lanka despite a hiccup in the middle. Reaching triple figures was 

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Australia haven't given Sri Lanka a sniff through the tour so far. © Getty Images

Sri Lanka are down in the dumps— there is no nicer way to put it. On their tour of Australia so far, their (international) results read as follows: Lost by 41 runs Lost by 9 wickets Lost by 132 runs Lost by 157 runs With each game, the margin of defeat has gotten worse and 

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Hilton Moreeng, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur and WV Raman at the pre-series press conference. © Cricket South Africa/ Twitter

It was to be like any other series – teams play five T20Is, have a look at their team combinations keeping in mind the T20 World Cup next year. But this wasn’t any other series. Rain has lashed Surat, where the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium is located. Due to that, the second and the third T20Is 

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Australia haven't given Sri Lanka a sniff in the series so far. © Getty Images

Three T20Is, three thrashings. Despite Chamari Atapattu’s masterful century in the first T20I, Sri Lanka were unable to come together to challenge the might of Australia through the T20I series. Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy smashed hundreds in the first and third T20Is respectively – Healy’s record breaking knock overshadowing the good work the bowlers 

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Coach Hilton Moreeng (L) and captain Sune Luus will look at the additional match to iron out their batting flaws against spin on Thursday (Oct. 3). © Women's CricZone

India and South Africa’s preparations with respect to the T20 World Cup were set to begin with the ongoing bilateral series. The five-match series was to provide the sides with an idea about the team combinations and back-up players. For South Africa, who are here without the captain Dane van Niekerk and ace allrounder Marizanne 

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Erin Burns had a memorable debut for Australia and would look to carry on from where she left. © Getty Images

The lone warrior Chamari Atapattu has shown the world that Sri Lanka have the skills to compete with the best, but converting those efforts into match-winning performances will require support from the other end, a misery that Australia take advantage of. Despite having an average Women’s Cricket Super League, Atapattu somehow managed to live up 

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Puddles beyond the boundary ropes at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium. Rain and overcast conditions haven't helped matters. © Women's CricZone

You wished it stayed away. You wished you didn’t have to think about it. You wished you’d seen what you had come to see. You wished… On Monday (September 30), it poured in the morning. And then it didn’t. But the damage was done. South Africa’s practice session had been cancelled. The area near the 

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