- Chance for the likes of Sana, Javeria, Kapp and Lee to improve individual rankings
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South Africa are currently fifth with 13 points and Pakistan sixth with 12 points, after 12 matches each of the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.
The field is competitive with the West Indies on 11 points and seventh position in the points table, an indicator of the increasing competition in the women’s game. The second cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship that runs from 2017-2020, is being played on the back of a highly successful first edition that drew praise from all quarters for ensuring more matches for women’s sides and improving the quality of the game.
The upcoming series could see South Africa improve their points position in home conditions in Potchefstroom (6 and 9 May) and Benoni (12 May) after recently sweeping an away series in Sri Lanka 3-0 while Pakistan would be hoping to keep up the tempo after a 2-1 series win over the West Indies.
Australia have assured themselves of a place in the World Cup as they are at the top of the table with 22 points from 12 matches while England (18 from 15) will get the chance to do so in a home series against the West Indies next month. India and New Zealand are second and third on the table with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
South Africa will miss captain Dane van Niekerk, who sustained a leg injury during a recent tour of Sri Lanka. Van Niekerk, who is the leading run scorer in the championship from either side with 529 runs from 10 matches so far, is currently ranked 13th among batters, only one slot behind Lizelle Lee. Mignon du Preez (22nd), vice-captain Chloe Tryon (24th) and Marizanne Kapp (34th) are the other leading batters for South Africa in the list led by India’s Smriti Mandhana.
Among their bowlers, formerly top-ranked Kapp would be looking to move into the top five as she is in sixth position and only 10 points behind India’s Shikha Pandey, with 678 rating points. Shabnim Islmail (seventh) and Ayabonga Khaka (17th) are other prominent names on the list while their captain Sune Luus (45th among batters and 33rd among bowlers) is another one with the potential of moving up in the table led by Jhulan Goswami of India.
For Pakistan, former captain Sana Mir would be looking to wrest back the top position among bowlers as she goes into this series in third position, just 12 rating points adrift of Goswami, and with the confidence of 29 wickets in 12 championship matches so far.
Left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu (26th) and off-spinner Nida Dar (38th) are other leading bowlers for Pakistan while Javeria Khan (24th), Nahida Khan (26th), captain Bismah Maroof (31st) and Sana Mir (35th) are the leading batters for them.
South Africa: Sune Luus (captain), Nadine De Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee (wicketkeeper), Zintle Mali, Mignon du Preez, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt.
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Javeria Khan, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper) and Omaima Sohail.
South Africa v Pakistan Fixtures: 6 May (1st ODI, Potchefstroom); 9 May (2nd ODI, Potchefstroom); 12 May (3rd ODI, Benoni)
ICC Women’s Championship results, statistics, points standings and fixtures are available here
MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 5 May, 2019)
Batters (top 10)
|1||S Mandhana||India||797!||42.41||797 v Eng at Mumbai 2019|
|2||Ellyse Perry||Aus||756||51.84||773 v India at Vadodara 2018|
|3||A Satterthwaite||NZ||755||38.98||777 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017|
|4||Mithali Raj||India||713||51.29||878 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004|
|5||Stafanie Taylor||WI||695||43.96||785 v India at St Kitts (WP) 2012|
|6||Meg Lanning||Aus||691||51.14||878 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016|
|7||Natalie Sciver||Eng||689||38.92||712 v India at Mumbai 2019|
|8||T Beaumont||Eng||685||40.53||706 v NZ at Leicester 2018|
|9||Suzie Bates||NZ||679||42.64||796 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016|
|10||Sophie Devine||NZ||678!||32.17||678 v Aus at Melbourne 2019|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||J Goswami||India||730||21.34||3.25||816 v Eng at Chennai 2007|
|2||Jess Jonassen||Aus||723||22.05||4.17||730 v NZ at Adelaide 2019|
|3||Sana Mir||Pak||718||24.68||3.68||719 v WI at Dubai (GCA) 2019|
|4||M Schutt||Aus||690||23.69||4.39||721 v Pak at Kuala Lumpur 2018|
|5||Shikha Pandey||India||688*!||20.5||3.9||688 v Eng at Mumbai 2019|
|6||M Kapp||SA||678||24.11||3.67||735 v India at Potchefstroom (N 2017|
|7||Shibnam Ismail||SA||663||20.53||3.6||699 v Eng at Worcester 2018|
|8||Katherine Brunt||Eng||659||23.06||3.48||811 v India at Mumbai 2013|
|9||Ellyse Perry||Aus||657||26.12||4.37||738 v India at Mumbai 2012|
|10||Poonam Yadav||India||656*!||21.09||3.8||656 v Eng at Mumbai 2019|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||Ellyse Perry||Aus||496||504 v India at Hobart 2016|
|2||Stafanie Taylor||WI||414||602 v NZ at Kingston 2013|
|3=||D van Niekerk||SA||388||421 v SL at Potchefstroom 2019|
|Deepti Sharma||India||388||397 v NZ at Hamilton 2019|
|5||Natalie Sciver||Eng||307/*!||307 v SL at Katunayake 2019|