Hayley Matthews in action. ©ICC

Match Preview: West Indies vs South Africa – Match 12

Date: 14 November, 2018

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

West Indies are the hosts as well as the defending champions. They will be eager to do well in the tournament and retain the trophy on home soil. So far, their campaign has gone to plan with them winning their first match against Bangladesh. Their opponents though, also have a win from the only match they have played, which was against Sri Lanka. In South Africa’s recent tour of West Indies, the Twenty-20 series was tied 2-2. Now, on the biggest stage, the score will be settled. Who will win?

 

Players to Watch Out For:

Deandra Dottin (West Indies)

Role: All-rounder

T20I’s: 103

Batting Stats: Runs- 2097; Average- 25.26; Best- 112*

Bowling Stats: Wickets- 54; Average- 18.13; Economy- 6.15; Best-5/5

There are no secrets when it comes to the destructive powers of Deandra Dottin. A powerful player, Dottin can hit the ball long and hard, dismantling the best of bowling attacks. What West Indies will require of her is that she plays her natural, attacking game. She herself has said she wants to add more Twenty-20 centuries to the two she already has. If that is her mentality going in, the bowlers are in for some damage. Equally dangerous with the ball, Dottin ripped apart Bangladesh’s batting line-up to record her career best figures of 5-5. With the pitch in St. Lucia providing something for pacers, Dottin will thrive and may cause some serious troubles for her opponents.

 

Marizanne Kapp (South Africa)

Role: All-rounder

T20I’s: 67

Batting Stats: Runs- 700; Average- 17.94; Strike Rate- 95.23; Best-40

Bowling Stats: Wickets- 50; Average- 20.58; Economy- 3.50; Best- 4/6

Kapp flaunted her all-round capabilities against Sri Lanka. Having been promoted up the order, she anchored her teams run chase to ensure they claimed the win, despite a shaky start. But, more importantly, Kapp is one of the most economical bowlers going around in the women’s game at the moment. She is simply miserly when it comes to leaking runs. Her economical bowling, coupled with the fact she seems to be taking wickets for fun, make her one of the most feared bowlers of today. Her, bowling in tandem with Shabnim Ismail, will be a threat to their opposition.

 

Who Said What:

“I always say myself and Marizanne Kapp go hand in hand with the bowling. I told everyone in the world that we’re the best opening partnership and we complement each other very well.”– Shabnim Ismail

“I do have a special goal. Scoring more centuries, as well. I have two more coming for sure.”– Deandra Dottin

 

Conditions:

The pitch in St. Lucia looks to be a slow one. Due to rain, the outfield is damp and therefore slow as well. There does seem to something in it for the pacers, though. Batters will need to take their time and settle in before they accelerate, like Kapp and Dane van Niekerk did in their innings.

 

Probable XI

South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee (wk), Dane van Niekerk (c), Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Moseline Daniels

West Indies: Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Kycia Knight (wk), Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell

 

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