After a day of an exhilarating auction that scripted history in Indian cricket, all eyes will be on the Indian team as they take on West Indies in their second league match of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa.
While the Women in Blue will enter the contest on the back of a stunning run chase against Pakistan, the Windies will have their task cut out as they aim to keep their semi-final hopes alive after losing to England in their opening clash.
The two sides have locked horns in 20 T20I matches thus far, with India recording wins in eight games. Infact, the last time they lost to West Indies was in 2016 and since then have registered seven successive wins.
In the six innings played at the Newlands Ground in Cape Town in this T20 World Cup, the average first-innings total is around the 130-run mark, and the average winning score is around 147 runs.
Spinners have been more effective at this venue as they have scalped 19 out of 26 wickets to have fallen thus far with an average of 3.1 wickets per innings compared to seven wickets at 1.1 wickets per inning by fast bowlers.
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For small leagues: Shafali Verma (Captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain)
For grand leagues: Renuka Singh (Captain), Jemimah Rodrigues (vice-captain)
Stats that matter
The Under-19 World Cup winning captain, Shafali Verma, will be one of the players to watch out for in this game. The right-handed batter scored 33 against Pakistan and helped India get off to a flyer in the run chase of 150 runs.
The 19-year-old is second in the list of leading run scorers since the last edition of the T20 World Cup Down Under with 777 runs in 33 innings at an average of 23.54 and a strike rate of 128.
With Smriti Mandhana not sure of featuring in the playing XI due to her finger injury, Shafali will shoulder the responsibility of the side and could help you gain maximum points.
All eyes will be on West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews in this must-win clash. The right-handed batter was the highest run-scorer for the side with 42 runs off 32 deliveries in the last match against England and will look to continue her fine form in the tournament.
After the shock retirement of Deandra Dottin, the Winides rely heavily on Matthews for all-around abilities, and she is their leading run-scorer with 467 runs in 26 innings, along with 17 wickets at an average of 17.7 runs per over.
Grand League Punts
With 16 wickets in 26 innings at an average of 19.4 in the powerplay since the 2020 T20 World Cup, Renuka Singh is your go-to person as far as the bowling department is concerned.
The right-arm scalped four wickets to rattle Barbados in the Commonwealth Games, a team where most players represent West Indies which indicates she enjoys bowling against them and has tasted pretty good success.
After a string of lukewarm performances in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup, Jemimah Rodrigues has started the tournament with a bang.
The right-handed batter was the player of the match in the last encounter against Pakistan courtesy of a match-defining half-century. The 22-year-old is fourth in the list of leading run-getters since the last T20 World Cup with 698 runs in 28 innings at an average of 38.77.
Here are the Top 10 Criclytics projectionsProbable XIs:
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana / Yastika Bhatia, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav
West Indies: Hayley Matthews (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Rashada Williams (wk), Stafanie Taylor, Shabika Gajnabi, Zaida James, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shekera Selman, Shamilia Connell