India eves eye dominance in T20s
The ODI series triumph was offset slightly by a loss in the closing match but that would hardly dent the Indian eves’ cricket team's confidence as it heads into a five-game Twenty20 rubber against South Africa, starting here on Tuesday.
After victories in the first two ODIs, Indian women lost by seven wickets in the third ODI here last Friday. The defeat definitely came as a jolt but Indian women would look to make a winning start to their T20 campaign here.
While Mithali Raj led the side in the ODI series, the T20s will witness a new captain in the explosive Harmanpreet Kaur, who will be assisted by in-form batswoman Smriti Mandhana. Also the inclusion of T20 specialist Anuja Patil and debutant all-rounder Radha Yadav and wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parveen in the squad would be a huge boost.
The T20 squad also features 17-year-old Mumbai player Jemimah Rodrigues, who had grabbed headlines after scoring 202 in 163 balls in an Under-19 game.
Deepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 79 and 56 respectively in the last match, would be hoping to carry on their good form in the shortest format.
India's success also relies heavily on skipper Harmanpreet and Mithali Raj's contributions.
On the bowling front, veteran Jhulan Goswami is expected to return to the playing eleven after being rested for the third ODI.
Among the South African bowlers, left-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail would look to carry on her impressive form.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.
South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.
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