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Pakistan Women’s battle to regain pride
West Indies Women to win
Tournament: Pakistan Women tour of West Indies, 2021 | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, West Indies | Toss: To BowlBet Now
After having suffered a whitewash in the T20 series, Pakistan Women are staring at another miserable series loss in the ODIs. The horror for the side continues as they yet again played poorly in the last game to hand over an 8-wicket win to the hosts. West Indies Women have taken a 3-0 unassailable lead in the 5-match series and shall look to continue with the same momentum as they set up another whitewash for the ODIs.
Pakistan Women have been let down by their batters on this tour as no single player has so far stood up to the challenge that has been thrown at them. Most of their batters have failed to play according to the demands of the situation. They must make amends and restore some of their lost pride with a win in this game.
Stafanie Taylor who was absent from the last game is expected to make a return and take command over her side. She would be extremely happy with the performance of her team in the last game as they have grabbed the series in three easy games. Taylor wouldn’t like to take foot off the accelerator and want her side to play aggressive cricket in this game and win it.
Their opening pair of Hayley Matthews and Kyshona Knight look in good form and the side would expect a positive start from them in this game. Mathews scored an unbeaten hundred in the last game. In the middle order the side has good strength with Taylor, Britney Cooper and Chedean Nation in the side. They would also expect big hits from the likes of Deandra Dottin and Kycia Knight down the order.
Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman have looked good with the new ball, and they would look for early strikes in this game. Hayley Matthews and Chinelle Henry also did well in the last game and the same would be expected from them. With Anisa Mohammad and Taylor in the mix the side does have a very strong bowling attack.
Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight (wk), Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Chinelle Henry
Javeria Khan’s side has to bear another series loss. Though they were expected to find this tour challenging, few would have expected them to succumb to the pressure in the manner in which they have. Their batting has been in horrible form in all the games played so far leading to this series loss. The side has to play for its pride in the next game and shall look to put up a better show.
Muneeba Ali and Ayesha Zafar aren’t converting their starts and the side would need a good show from them in this game. Javeria Khan must hold the middle order together with Omaima Sohail and Nida Dar who did score some runs in the last game. In the lower middle order runs would be expected from Aliya Riaz and Ayesha Naseem.
Pakistan Women bowlers didn’t put any pressure on the opponents in the last game and they will have to bear additional responsibilities given the start of their batting form. Anam Amin and Diana Baig did well in the last game and the side would expect better show from them here. In the middle overs the likes of Fatima Sana, Nida Dar and Rameen Shamim will have to come up with tighter spells in this game.
Javeria Khan (c), Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal
The skies over Antigua would see some clouds on July 15. The track would be slightly slow as we have seen in the games already played. Batters would have to spend time at the crease to do well here. The side batting first would target a score in excess of 240 runs to win this game.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua has a good surface for batters and those who accumulate runs do well on this surface. Fast bowlers get some assistance with the new ball. It has been a good venue for the spinners and we have seen great performances from them in the past.
In the three games played so far in this series the side chasing the score has won all of them. The track has some assistance early on in the game and gets better as the game progresses. Thus, we expect the side winning the toss in this game to have no hesitation in bowling first on this surface.
Pakistan Women have just not been up to the challenge on this tour. The script has almost been the same for them throughout as their batters have failed game after game. The side would have to work on this area as they go into this game. West Indies Women have their confidence high at the moment with both batters and bowlers in good form and they would start outright favorites to win this game.
West Indies Women to win
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