Shabnim Ismail celebrates a wicket with her teammates. © Getty Images

South Africa start their tour of New Zealand with an all important three-match ODI series in Auckland on Saturday (January 23). All three games are crucial points for both teams in the ICC Championship, with South Africa one point behind Pakistan in fifth place and the hosts a further two points back on 14 points. 

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Pakistan celebrate a wicket in the ODI series. © PCB

There was a shift in approach for Pakistan in the last ODI of the rain-affected third match. For the first 20 overs, Pakistan batted exceedingly well. They posted their highest-ever opening partnership in ODIs – 96 runs – which laid the platform for the rest of the line-up. That they didn’t capitalise is something the 

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Pakistan celebrate a wicket. © PCB

In the second ODI against Pakistan, England posted another mammoth total, while the hosts crumbled again. Chasing 328 was never a realistic prospect for Pakistan, and the fact that they lost wickets at regular intervals meant they ultimately folded for 200. In contrast to the first ODI, Pakistan began game two on a positive note. 

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England were at their dominant best in the first ODI. © PCB

The momentum Pakistan built at home was interrupted at their ‘other home’, Kuala Lumpur. In the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship ODI series, the Asian-side failed to grab two early points following their 75-run defeat in the opening match at the hands of England, who have already qualified for ICC Women’s World Cup 2021. To keep 

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India are strong favourites against West Indies. © Getty Images

India were outclassed in the World T20 2018 semi-final in the Caribbean. A year later, the same soil has healed the team though it has come in a bilateral series against West Indies. India, with an unassailable lead of 4-0, will aim to whitewash the hosts when the sides meet for the fifth and final 

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