South Africa’s recent wins against an opponent it hasn't had the better of historically, will give the team confidence
Day 5 – Wednesday (June 28)
New Zealand Women v South Africa Women in Derby
Match in focus
New Zealand and South Africa possess some of the best pace bowlers in women’s cricket, and they will be at work at the County Ground in Derby. New Zealand, who prevailed over Sri Lanka Women in its first match, is one of the favourites. South Africa, who made it to the tournament through the Qualifiers, fluctuated in a chase of 207 against Pakistan before Sune Luus and Shabnim Ismail put on an unbroken 30-run stand for the eighth wicket to take the team home with an over to spare.
Dane van Niekerk, South Africa’s captain, said she was happy with the way the bowlers performed, but conceded that there was no excuse for four run-outs after the openers put on a stand of 113. “A win is a win, and we will take that,” she said, when asked if the team's confidence had been shaken. South Africa will want to carry that confidence into its next match, where the opponent is expected to provide an even tougher challenge.
New Zealand has won 11 of its 13 ODIs against South Africa, but van Niekerk’s girls will take comfort from the fact that they had success against the New Zealand side twice in the last few months.
With the conditions overcast, a lot will depend on how the openers of the team batting first respond. A solid foundation will go a long way in setting the tone for a high score before the spinners get a chance to make a difference. New Zealand, obviously, will want to win and be the first team to have four points in this competition. It would be the perfect gift for Suzie Bates, the captain, set to become the eighth New Zealander to play in 100 ODIs.
All the players in both squads are available for selection. It is unlikely that there will be any change in either New Zealand or South Africa’s XIs, considering that both are coming in on the back of wins.
Player in focus
Amy Satterthwaite: No one has been as consistent as Satterthwaite in recent times. She has scores of 137 not out, 115 not out, 123, 102 not out, 85, 11, 78 not out in her last seven innings at an average of 217.
Sune Luus: It was Luus who gave South Africa confidence against Pakistan that the chase could be completed despite the stutter in the middle. The player of the series at the Qualifier earlier this year, Luus, a legspinner, lends crucial variety to the attack too.
What they said
Suzie Bates: “We can’t take any team lightly in this competition. As soon as we do, we slip up. So, every game we have to make sure we try and get some points from it. But there are some really tough games coming up, and South Africa is one challenge. We have had some success against them recently, but they have beaten us in World Cups in the past. They have got some really powerful players. Lizelle Lee can hit the ball a long way, and they have a very good bowling attack. We back ourselves to play well and beat any side here.”
Dane van Niekerk: “From bowling to fielding to batting, they are a very good side and we know we have to bring our ‘A’ game, but again we just going to concentrate on what we do well. We will obviously have certain plans for bowlers and batters. If we better our performance by 20 to 30 percent from the last game – in the bowling department and a bit more in the batting department – we will give them a run.
Number in focus
8 – Suzie Bates will become the eighth New Zealander to play 100 ODIs. She will join Sara McGlashan (134), Nicola Brown (125), Debbie Hockley (118), Haidee Tiffen (117), Rebecca Rolls (104), Aimee Watkins (103) and Emily Drumm (101) in an illustrious list.
New Zealand: Suzie Bates (capt), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest (wk), Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.
South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (capt), Trisha Chetty (wk), Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt.