South Africa bowl in T20I series opener, Simran Bahadur to debut for India

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SA rested Marizanne Kapp, Tumi Sekhukhune, and Nondumiso Shangase, who all featured in the fifth and final ODI on Wednesday

Toss South Africa Women chose to bowl vs India Women

Allrounder Simran Bahadur has been handed her maiden India cap as Sune Luus, South Africa’s stand-in captain, opted to chase in the T20I series opener in Lucknow. South Africa, according to Luus, opted to stick to the “winning recipe” of fielding first they followed in the preceding ODI series that the hosts lost 4-1, as they rested Marizanne Kapp, Tumi Sekhukhune, and Nondumiso Shangase, who all featured in the fifth and final ODI on Wednesday.

India, led by Smriti Mandhana, who is standing in for the injured Harmanpreet Kaur included Nuzhat Parween as wicketkeeper in place of Sushma Verma who kept wicket in all five matches of the ODI series.

Mandhana will be joined at the top by fellow opener, the big-hitting 17-year-old phenom Shafali Verma, who almost singlehandedly steered India to the T20 World Cup final last year, and is playing her first match since the title clash at the MCG. She wasn’t part of the 15-member squad for the ODI series.

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