Pakistan Women’s challenge to finish series on a high
West Indies Women to win
Pakistan Women finally have something to cheer about in this otherwise miserable tour. After losing the series in three straight games, the visitors finally managed to register a win. They defeated West Indies Women by 4 wickets in the most competitive game so far in the series. The Pakistanis would like to carry this momentum forward and finish the series on a high here.
Pakistan Women have had a tough time on this tour, and it is their batting line-up that has troubled them the most. It was a good show from them in the last game, but they are way behind the hosts in terms of form and temperament. It remains to be seen if they can win this game and finish the series on a high.
Stafanie Taylor would be upset with the show her lower middle order put up in the last game. After a good start in the game the side ended up 20 runs short of what would have been their target score in the game due to a batting collapse. Taylor would like to put this performance behind and focus on winning the series with a 4-1 victory.
The side would expect good show in this game from openers Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin with Matthews having shown good form so far. They have a power packed middle order in Kyshona Knight, Taylor and Britney Cooper with all of them having runs under their belts. In Chedean Nation and Chinelle Henry they have good hitters of the ball down the order.
Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman have bowled well with the new ball so far and they would be expected to get early wickets in this game. Anisa Mohammed brings in lot of experience to this attack and a good show would be expected from her here. In Matthews, Taylor and Chinelle Henry the team has good variations in the attack, and they would look to trouble the Pakistanis.
Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Britney Cooper, Chinelle Henry, Chedean Nation, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Rashada Williams (wk), Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman
It has been a tough tour for Javeria Khan’s side, but they did put the house in order in the last game. It was a good show from their bowlers in the latter half of the game after they had taken a beating. Having registered the first win in this long tour, Khan would like to finish it with a respectable 2-3 series loss.
The side would look for a positive start in the game from Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen who did well in the last game. Javeria Khan needs to anchor the middle order along with Omaima Sohail and Kainat Imtiaz. They would also expect good show towards the end from Ayesha Naseem and Fatima Sana who helped the side win the last game.
The bowling attack made a strong comeback in the last game after having leaked runs in the early overs. Diana Baig and Fatima Sana would have to get them early breakthroughs. Nashra Sandu was good in the last game in the death overs, and she would look to repeat the same show. In Anam Amin, Nida Dar and Sohail the side has good depth in the bowling department.
Javeria Khan (c), Muneeba Ali (wk), Sidra Ameen, Omaima Sohail, Kainat Imtiaz, Nida Dar, Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||24||2.55 mm.||1.73 k/h||From: NE||72%|
|03h||21||0.38 mm.||2.1 k/h||From: N||69%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||2.56 k/h||From: N||48%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: N||37%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||2.38 k/h||From: N||38%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||2.04 k/h||From: NNE||17%|
|18h||24||0.45 mm.||1.57 k/h||From: E||37%|
|21h||23||1.26 mm.||1.37 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
The skies over Antigua would be cloudy on July 18 and we expect to see rains during the game. The track would be tricky surface to bat on and batters would need to get their eyes in before scoring runs. The side batting first would be happy to score in excess of 240 runs on this track.
Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua is a small venue and batters can score runs freely on this surface. However, there is slowness on the surface that can create doubts in their minds. Fast bowlers enjoy bowling here with the new ball, but it is the spinners who have got maximum rewards here.
The four games played so far in this series have been won by sides that have chased the score. There is early assistance for the bowlers on this surface and it eases as the game progresses. The side that wins the toss in this game should have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Pakistan Women did well in the last game and the victory would have surely boosted their confidence. The side still has few issues with the batting, and they have to sort these out ahead of the final game. West Indies have played well in the series apart from the batting collapse in the last game and would like to finish the series in style. Given the form of the two sides the hosts would start favorites here.
West Indies Women to win