Defending champion Surrey Stars have started the KIA Super League 2019 season with a bang where they registered 2 wins from 3 games whereas Loughborough Lightning managed to win only 1 game out of 4. However, it’s been only one week and there is a chance of every team to bounce back. While Surrey Stars will be hoping their third consecutive win in this 12th game of Women’s Cricket Super League, Loughborough Lightning will try to bounce back in the winning track. Let’s have a look at the Surrey Stars vs Loughborough Lightning Dream 11 Prediction.
The match between Surrey Stars and Loughborough Lightning will take place at the Woodbridge Road, Guildford at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
The way Surrey Stars started the campaign, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Lizele Lee will do wonders in the opening. She scored a blistering 66 off 45 against Lancashire Thunder and expected to keep that momentum on. Apart from her, they have a strong middle order with the likes of Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, & Dane van Niekerk. Both Sciver & van Niekerk proved to be the vital cogs for the team for their bowling skills as well. Moreover, they have bowlers like Marizanne Kapp and Laura Marsh who are able to win the game single-handedly.
Predicted Playing XI
Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor (WK), Natalie Sciver (C), Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Aylish Cranstone, Laura Marsh, Gwenan Davies, Mady Villiers, Amy Gordon
Loughborough Lightning got off to a slow start in the 2019 Women’s Cricket Super League. They have lost three of their four games to Western Storm, Southern Vipers and Western Storm respectively. They only had a win against Yorkshire Diamonds where the opener Hayley Matthews got off to a flying start. However, another opener Amy Jones is also in form. However, their middle-order is not in sync despite being the batters Chamari Atapattu, Georgia Elwiss & Mignon Du Preez. Much will be dependent on them if they want to win the game. Along with them, Sarah Glenn, Kirstie Gordon and captain Georgia Elwiss are the wicket-takers of the team along with experienced Jenny Gunn and Georgia Adams. With five wickets at an economy of 5.25, Sarah has been doing pretty well so far and expected to play the key role for her side.
Predicted Playing XI
Hayley Matthews, Amy Ellen Jones (WK), Chamari Athapaththu, Georgia Elwiss (C), Mignon du Preez, Georgia Adams, Jenny Gunn, Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Glenn, Tara Norris, Kirstie Gordon
Injury and Availability News:
No injury concern from both sides as of now.
For Surrey Stars, there is only one weak link, Bryony Smith who has scored 4 and 20 but this is too early to change in the opening slot as they are in a pretty good position.
On the other hand, Lightning has been loosing on one common factor, their batting failures. They failed to adapt to the situation and over-dependency on Amy Jones, Hayley Matthews and Georgia Elwiss somehow affects their batting. Although Mignon du Preez has been timing the ball, a little change in the middle order could be seen. However, they have time to bounce back.
Weather and pitch report
Expected temperatures are around 23 degrees with an average humidity of 79% where rain is a virtual certainty. Although the weather will be cloudy and due to humidity, the outfield might be wet, which creates trouble for the bowlers to grip the ball, thereby making spinners the easier bowlers to bat against.
The pitch is suitable for the batters. The highest score on the ground was 145-3 by Southern Vipers who chased down the total with ease and won the game by 7 wickets in 2018. Guildford is the home ground of Surrey Stars. Last time when they played against Thunder, they registered an eight wickets win. Therefore chasing is the better option.
Surrey Stars and Loughborough Lightning have met five times before in the Women’s Cricket Super League where the former won two of those and the latter won three games. The highest score 171-3 came from the two batters of Loughborough Lightning in 2017. Elyse Villani and Ellyse Perry scored 71 and 68 respectively where Surrey Stars lost by 81 runs. On the other hand, the lowest score was 95 which Loughborough Lightning won by 9 wickets in 2018.
But the way the defending champions started their campaign, it is not hard to say that they will have the upper hand in the game.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Batters: Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Mignon du Preez
All-rounders: Natalie Sciver, Dane van Niekerk and Hayley Matthews
Bowlers: Marizanne Kapp, Laura Marsh, Kirstie Gordon, Sarah Glenn
Wicketkeeper: Sarah Taylor (WK)
Captain & Vice-captain: Natalie Sciver and Sarah Taylor