Our Prediction is that Sri Lanka will win the group stage match against Bangladesh.
CC Women's Twenty20 World Cup is underway in the West Indies. Eight teams have qualified based on the rankings while two teams, Bangladesh and Ireland, qualified through the qualifier tournament.
Though Bangladesh won the qualifier tournament, the valley of difference between them and the other top teams has been quite evident so far. Two sub-par scores of 46 and 76 in two matches clearly shows the lack of batting application in the Bangladesh team.
Sri Lanka is the lowest ranked team that automatically qualified for the World Cup. After the washout in the first group match against England, they showed some fight in the loss against South Africa, who won the match in the 19th over.
BANGLADESH WOMEN PREVIEW
Bangladesh started the World Cup campaign with an encounter against the defending champions West Indies. They might have had a sliver of hope after restricting West Indies to 104 but Deandra Dottin shattered those by running through the Bangladesh batting lineup with a tally of 5 for 5 - her best in T20Is and the best figures by a West Indian in WT20Is. Bangladesh could only muster 46 runs and were bowled out in the 15th over with none of their batters reaching the double figure mark. Fargana Hoque top scored with 8. Bangladesh's second match wasn't an easy affair either. They were up against a very good English side and could only manage 76 for 9 against some good bowling by debutant Kirstie Gordon. England won the rain-shortened match without much trouble by 7 wickets by D/L method. Too many dot balls are weighing Bangladesh down. It showed when 4 of their top 6 batsmen were out for naught facing 24 balls in the match against England. They just don’t seem to put enough for the bowlers to play with. They must if they want to put up a fight even against a not so powerful Sri Lankan team.
SRI LANKA WOMEN PREVIEW
Sri Lanka qualified for ICC T20I World Cup as the 8th ranked team with 14 rating point lead over Bangladesh who is at 9th position.Their first encounter against England at this same venue was abandoned without a ball bowled because of the heavy rainfall. Sri Lanka received a crucial 1 point against a strong opposition which could prove vital if things come to that at the end of the group stage.Their second match was against a strong bowling unit South Africa. Sri Lanka could only manage 99 runs which South Africa chased down in 19th overs with 7 wickets on hand. South African seamers, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp bowled 37 dot balls among them and sucked the momentum out of Sri Lanka's innings.The batting was particularly difficult early on a damp pitch due to which Sri Lanka never really got going. They would have to improve their batting against Bangladesh who will come into this match with two sub hundred scores themselves.
Rain is proving to be a big hurdle at St Lucia which is resulting in shortened or abandoned matches. Because of the damp conditions, the matches have been low scoring ones. Sri Lanka's match against England was abandoned and Bangladesh lost the shortened match to the same opposition at this venue. Both times the chasing teams won.The teams winning the toss should look to bowl first here to use the early dampness and to have the clear idea of the target in case it is revised.
Both the teams are yet to put a hundred runs on the board. Both are playing way too many dot balls. Both have a similar bowling attack. This is a great opportunity for each of them to register their first victory in this World Cup. But comparatively Sri Lanka seems to have a better batting unit. They displayed good skills to reach 99 against fine South African bowling attack on a tricky pitch and seem more likely to win the contest among the minnows if the rain gods permit.