India Women vs South Africa Women: Bright sunshine greets teams ahead of third T20

After two days of wet weather, India and South Africa women heaved a huge sigh of relief with bright sunshine greeting the city.

Warming up: Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav and Smriti Mandhana practice under lights at Surat.   -  VIJAY SONEJI

After two days of wet weather, India and South Africa women heaved a huge sigh of relief with bright sunshine greeting the city. It prompted them to revert to cricket mode after an extended break.

Both teams — after posing for selfie-seekers, there are hundreds wherever they have been — got down to business the moment they arrived at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in the evening, ahead of Sunday’s third Twenty20 International of the five-match series.

Close watch

While all of India’s top-six had multiple stints in the nets with head coach W.V. Raman keeping a close watch, Veda Krishnamurthy was into her element with her effortless range-hitting.

Raman will be hoping that Veda will come good on Sunday with her designated role of a finisher.

Helping hand

The Proteas, on the other hand, will be hoping to lend a helping hand to veteran Mignon du Preez, who waged a lone battle to get South Africa in with a chance from a hopeless situation while chasing a moderate target.

The South Africa camp would be banking on openers Lizelle Lee and Tazmin Brits to get them off the blocks and the middle-order to hold fort against India’s potent spin unit.

The teams (from):

South Africa: Sune Luus (Capt.), Anneke Bosch, Tasmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Mignon du Preez, Lara Wolvaardt.

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Capt.), Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Capt.), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harleen Deol, Anuja Patil, Shafali Verma, Mansi Joshi.

Match starts at 7 p.m.