In-form India Women take on Bangladesh Women at Perth!
India Women to win this game!
|New Zealand Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.065|
|Sri Lanka Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.065|
The ICC Women's T20 World Cup began in the most spectacular fashion as India Women beat hosts Australia Women by 17 runs while defending a small target of 133 runs. India's spinners again showed their magic and have given the team a massive boost as they get ready for other challenges.
India will now be meeting Bangladesh Women at Perth on February 24th. The two sides have had some close encounters in the past and it will be interesting to see how things go between them this time. India Women have already been in Australia for close to a month now and have already played 6 T20Is in the last couple of weeks here. But this will be Bangladesh Women’s first match of the big event and they are expected to be a bit rusty. India Women will thus have an edge.
India Women's batting went on expected lines in the last game. They started incredibly well courtesy a sensational 15-ball 29 by young opener Shafali Verma. However, they fizzled out soon as wickets kept falling. Only Deepti Sharma's composed 49* off 46 balls helped them get a respectable total of 132. However, if India wishes to go all the way in the World Cup, they will need to put up much stronger batting performances and play with a much better strike-rate.
They do have the talent in Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Veda Krishnamurthy but need to click together. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, especially, has been struggling with form but if the hard-hitting batter gets going she can destroy any attack.
India Women's bowling is its biggest strength and their three spinners are their main weapon. Poonam Yadav's sensational spell of 4-19 was what choked Australia in the last match and earned India the win. She, along with Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma, form a formidable spin-bowling troika and are expected to create more magic as the tournament progresses. Seamer Shikha Pandey too has been excellent and ended up with 3-14 in the last match. Bangladesh Women need to be wary of India's bowling attack.
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
This will be Bangladesh Women’s fourth Women’s T20 World Cup appearance. In the three previous editions so far, they have not progressed beyond the group stage. In the last few months, the team has shown traces of good progress and the team would be eager to make the semi-finals at least this time around. They have won only two of their 13 matches in the tournament. Beating India Women would be the perfect way to increase that tally.
While they don't boast of big names in their ranks, they do have variety. Experienced all-rounder Rumana Ahmed 718 runs in 56 innings and 55 wickets across 61 matches) is back in the team after recovering from injury. She is going to play a big part for sure. Nigar Sultana (236 runs in 10 matches) and Fargana Hoque (214 runs in 10 matches) are expected to be the batting mainstays of the team. Murshida Khatun looked in fine touch in the warm-up game against Pakistan Women and can be an impact player in this game.
On the bowling front, apart from Rumana, Jahanara Alam and captain Salma Khatun should be the main bowlers to watch out for. Khadija Tul Kubra picked up 3-11 against Pakistan in the warm-up game and should be tried against India.
Fargana Hoque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Nigar Sultana, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun (c), Shamima Sultana (wk), Murshida Khatun
Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Panna Ghosh, Salma Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||24||0.56 mm.||5.45 k/h||From: E||76%|
|03h||29||0.69 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: E||73%|
|06h||33||0 mm.||3.53 k/h||From: E||70%|
|09h||34||0 mm.||4.43 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||25||20.56 mm.||4.51 k/h||From: ESE||99%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||6.65 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|18h||22||0.69 mm.||6.38 k/h||From: E||0%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||4.85 k/h||From: E||4%|
The pitch at the W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth is expected to be hard and bouncy. The seam bowlers will enjoy the hardness early on and spinners will relish it as it gets slower. However, the batters should have fun as the ball will come on nicely in the initial 5-6 overs. Scattered thunderstorms are expected at Perth on the day of the game so we may have a truncated match.
There have just been two T20Is played so far at the W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth. The highest total achieved on the venue has been 186-6 by Australia against New Zealand back in 2007. For this game, a total of 150-160 might be a match-winning one.
The team winning the toss is expected to bat first. The pitch should get slower in the latter half and putting on a good total after batting first will be the way to go.
India Women have been in good form of late, especially courtesy their spinners and their top-order batting unit. They have been playing T20Is in Australia since the end of January and have scored some good wins under their belt now. They are looking in good shape and seem to have adapted to the conditions well. If the wicket turns out to be slow, then India Women will be all over the opposition.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Women will take heart from their Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup performance in 2018 where they defeated India Women in the finals to lift the trophy. Another collective effort like that will help them through. However, given the over strength and form of their team, back India Women as the winners of this clash.
India Women to win this game!