Durban, South Africa – October 1, 2023
In a thrilling conclusion to the New Zealand Women tour of South Africa, the third and final ODI match is set to take place at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium Cricket Ground in Durban on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 13:00 local time. The South Africa Women’s team is on the cusp of securing a clean sweep against New Zealand Women, having convincingly won the first two matches of the series. With the series already sealed, New Zealand Women are eager to salvage some pride and secure a consolation win.
2nd ODI Recap
In the previous ODI played at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Women dominated New Zealand Women, securing a comprehensive victory. Laura Wolvaardt, Nonkululeko Mlaba, and Nadine De Klerk played pivotal roles in South Africa’s triumph. Laura Wolvaardt’s spectacular unbeaten century was a standout performance, setting the tone for her team’s success. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr and Lea Tahuhu also put in commendable efforts but couldn’t prevent their side from suffering a defeat.
Key Players for South Africa Women
As South Africa Women look to complete a whitewash of the ODI series, they will depend on their key players to deliver once again. In the batting department, skipper Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Tazmin Brits, and all-rounders like Sune Luus, Nadine de Klerk, and Marizanne Kapp are expected to provide the bulk of the runs. Laura Wolvaardt’s unbeaten century in the previous match showcased her prowess, and she will be eager to continue in the same vein.
In terms of bowling, South Africa will rely on the likes of Nadine de Klerk, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, and Chloe Tryon to deliver crucial breakthroughs. In the last match, medium-pacer Nadine De Klerk and left-arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba bowled exceptionally well, claiming three wickets each.
Predicted Playing XI for South Africa Women:
- Laura Wolvaardt (c)
- Tazmin Brits
- Lara Goodall
- Sune Luus
- Marizanne Kapp
- Chloe Tryon
- Nadine de Klerk
- Sinalo Jafta (wk)
- Ayabonga Khaka
- Masabata Klaas
- Nonkululeko Mlaba
Based on their current form and the performances of key players, South Africa Women enter the final game as outright favorites. The team has showcased remarkable consistency throughout the series, with bowlers like Nonkululeko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, and Nadine de Klerk shining with their excellent performances. South Africa’s team management will be hoping for another clinical performance in the series finale.
With the series already 2-0 in favor of South Africa, the pressure is on New Zealand Women to deliver a strong performance and avoid a whitewash. However, given the dominant form displayed by South Africa Women, it is expected that they will emerge victorious and complete a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series.
Cricket enthusiasts and fans alike can look forward to an exciting contest between these two teams as they battle it out for pride and glory at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium Cricket Ground in Durban. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter as South Africa Women aim to make history with a series whitewash, while New Zealand Women seek to salvage their reputation with a consolation win. Cricket aficionados can tune in on Sunday to witness all the action unfold in this exciting ODI clash.