Womens T20I Tri-Series in South Africa 2023: South Africa Women vs India Women – 1st Match Preview and Updates

South Africa women will look to improve their fortunes in the format when they face India women in the first game of the Tri-series on Thursday at Buffalo Park in East London. South Africa Captain Sune Luus will be hoping for a strong performance in this opening match.

The Indian women, on the other hand, will be hoping to adjust to the conditions and put on a good performance in this match. In this tri-series, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will need to lead from the front with the bat.

Both teams have met 13 times in the history of the T20 format, with the Women in Blue holding a clear advantage with eight wins to South Africa’s four, with one match ending in a draw.

The 1st Match between South Africa Women vs India Women will take place on January 19th, 2023 at Buffalo Park, East London.

Match Details to Note

Match: South Africa Women vs India Women, 1st Match, Womens T20I Tri-Series in South Africa 2023

Date: January 19, 2023 (Thursday)                                             

Time: 10:30 PM IST

Venue: Buffalo Park, East London

South Africa Women vs India Women

South Africa Women vs India Women

South Africa Women (Match Odds – 2.85):


South Africa’s T20I squad for the tri-series against India and the West Indies includes uncapped keeper Tebogo Macheke and all-rounder Annerie Dercksen.

The majority of the runs will be scored by Lara Goodall, Laura Wolvaardt, captain Sune Luus, Anneke Bosch, Marizanne Kapp, and Chloe Tyron in the batting order.

Laura Wolvaardt has led the South African women’s batting charts since January 17th, 2021, with 349 runs at an average of 43.62. The team’s management will be hoping that Wolvaardt can keep swinging the bat.

In addition to Wolvaardt, Anneke Bosch has 337 runs in 13 T20Is at an average of 37.44 and two half-centuries to his name.

The onus will be on bowlers like Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, and Sune Luus to make crucial breakthroughs.

Pacer Shabnim Ismail has topped the South African women’s bowling charts since January 17th, 2021. Ismail has taken 16 wickets at an economy rate of 6.24 in 13 T20Is.

Full Squad:

Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus(c), Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Sinalo Jafta(w), Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, Anneke Bosch, Tumi Sekhukhune, Delmi Tucker, Annerie Dercksen, Tebogo Macheke

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Players to watch out for:

Laura Wolvaardt set the batting standard for South Africa Women in all formats throughout 2022. She went on to shine for the Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL and will be a crucial wicket in this game. Marizanne Kapp is another experienced player who the India Women bowlers will want to dismiss early.

Shabnim Ismail has appeared in 105 World Twenty20 Internationals and has taken over 300 international wickets. She will bowl first for South Africa Women and will have good pace on this pitch. Sune Luus, the captain, may not get much turn on this wicket, but he will keep the runs down.

Possible Playing XI:

Sune Luus (Captain), Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Ayabonga Khaka

India Women (Match Odds – 1.42):


Uncapped players Amanjot Kaur, Anjali Sarvani, and Devika Vaidya have been named to the T20 squad for the tri-series in South Africa.

The onus will be on in-form players like Shafali Verma, captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, all-rounder Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues to do the bulk of the scoring in the batting department.

Smriti Mandhana, India’s experienced opener, has been the leading run-scorer in the T20 format since January 17th, 2021. Smriti Mandhana has 849 runs in 30 innings for an average of 32.65 and seven fifties.

Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Deepti Sharma, Sneha Rana, and R Gayakwad will be among the bowlers to watch. Deepti Sharma has been the leading wicket-taker in the T20 format since January 17, 2021. She has 34 wickets at an average of 21.67 in nine matches.

Full Squad:

Smriti Mandhana, Sabbhineni Meghana, Harleen Deol, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Sushma Verma(w), Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Yastika Bhatia, Anjali Sarvani, Amanjot Kaur, Sneh Rana

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Players to watch out for:

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Jemimah Rodrigues will be expected to score the majority of India Women’s runs in this game. All three have impressive T20 and international records, though playing in South Africa will be a new experience for them.

Renuka Singh is expected to be India Women’s main threat on a pitch that will favour pace bowlers. She performed admirably at the Commonwealth Games and will generate plenty of speed on this pitch. Deepti Sharma’s consistent off-spin will limit runs and pose a threat in East London.

Possible Playing XI:

Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Sneha Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Doel, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh Thakur

South Africa Women vs India Women Toss Prediction

Given the conditions, the team that wins the toss will want to bat first and post a competitive score. At Kingsmead Durban, the average first innings score is around 150 runs.

South Africa Women vs India Women Pitch Report

The first game of the T20I series between South Africa women and India women will be played at Buffalo Park.

In 2018, India women defeated South Africa women by nine wickets in a match played at Buffalo Park in East London.

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The Buffalo Park wicket will provide an exciting contest between bat and ball. The forecast for Thursday’s game is for light clouds with a moderate breeze.

South Africa Women vs India Women Prediction

The first game of a tri-nation series always creates a buzz, and with the Women’s T20 World Cup only three weeks away, both teams will take this very seriously. South Africa Women have some strong players, but not enough to compete with the visitors. We anticipate that India Women will not be at their best in this first competitive game, but we believe they will still win. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India Women is the favourite to beat South Africa Women at the odds of 1.42.

South Africa Women vs India Women Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Smriti Mandhana has 19 WT20I half-centuries to her name, and we expect her to be India Women’s leading run scorer against India Women.

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