India Women will be playing their first T20I against South Africa in South Africa © Getty Images
India Women will be playing their first T20I against South Africa in South Africa © Getty Images

436 days since India Women last played a T20 International. Their last outing was against Pakistan Women in the final of the 2016 Women’s T20 Asia Cup, at Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok. India had beaten Pakistan by 17 runs that day.

1 T20 International between India Women and South Africa Women till date. They had clashed on November 30 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in a one-off T20I match. India scored 146 for 5 and restricted South Africa to 130 for 9.

2.25 win-loss ratio of India under Harmanpreet Kaur (9 wins, 4 defeats), their best under any captain. However, all 9 wins have come against Asian sides. She had led India to a 0-3 clean sweep against West Indies Women in 2016.

0.13 win-loss ratio (4 wins, 32 defeats) for South Africa Women against the five major T20I nations (Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, and India). Three of these came in a 19-day period between February 19 and March 9, 2016.

1.67 win-loss ratio (5 wins, 3 defeats) for South Africa Women at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, venue of the 1st T20I. However, closer inspection reveals a 3-0 head-to-head against Bangladesh and 2-1 against Sri Lanka but 0-2 against England.

3 wickets needed by Dane van Niekerk to reach the 50-wicket landmark in Women’s T20Is. She will become the 2nd South African (after Shabnim Ismail, who has 50) and 19th overall to the landmark.

4 uncapped T20I players in the Indian squad — Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, and Radha Yadav. Of them, Vastrakar has played a solitary ODI while the others have no experience of international cricket. They may add to India’s list of 54 international caps.

2 uncapped T20I players in the South African squad — Nadine de Klerk and Raisibe Ntozakhe (both of whom have played ODIs). They may add to South Africa’s list of 43 international caps.

0 T20Is played by India Women on South African soil before today. India have played in eight different countries so far, including Thailand and China.