Pakistan Women’s battle to make a perfect start
West Indies Women to win this game
West Indies Women would take on Pakistan Women at the first game of the three-match T20 series at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. West Indies had lost the last series against England badly and shall be look to regain their form. The Pakistani side had lost the last series against South Africa earlier this year.
West Indies Women have enjoyed a good record at home against Pakistan Women and have lost only once before against them. They would look to continue with their impressive record in this game. Pakistan Women would miss their regular skipper and most experience batter Bismah Maroof and this is considerably weakens their batting strength.
It is after a long break that Stafanie Taylor’s side would play in this format of the game. The side had last suffered a crashing 0-5 series defeat against England and Taylor would like to put that behind. They have enjoyed good record against Pakistan Women in the past and playing at home the side would look to start off with an early lead in the three-match series.
The side would be expecting a good start in the game from Britney Cooper and Kyshona Knight as both of them are aggressive stroke players. The side has a very experienced middle order with Taylor, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation. They would also need big hitting from the likes of Anisa Mohammed and Deandra Dottin in the final overs.
Shakera Selman and Chinelle Henry will need to grab early wickets as Pakistan Women have good strength at the top. In the middle overs Anisa Mohammad will need to make good use of her experience. The side would also be expecting tight bowling from the likes of Karishma Ramharack, Aaliyah Alleyne and Taylor in this game.
Stafanie Taylor (c), Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connel, Shakera Selman, Karishma Ramharack
Javeria Khan would be leading the side in absence of Bismah Maroof who is on maternity leave at the moment and she would have her task cut out. The side hasn’t done well away from home in the recent years and there would be big expectations from the side in this game. Khan would be looking to set the template for a long tour with a win in this game.
They would need openers Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan to do well in this game as West Indies have a good new ball attack. Iram Javed has to anchor the innings at No. 3 and play well alongside of Omaima Sohail and Nida Dar. The side would also be expecting good show from the likes of Muneeba Ali and Sidra Amin down the order.
Their bowlers would have to do well as the opponents have power hitters in the side. Diana Baig and Anam Amin must strike early with the new ball for the side to win here. Tight spells would also be needed from the likes of Dar, Sayeda Aroob Shah and Sidra Amin in this game.
Javeria Khan (c), Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed, Muneeba Ali (wk), Diana Baig, Syeda Aroob Shah, Anam Amin, Sidra Amin
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||1.71 mm.||1.16 k/h||From: SSW||97%|
|03h||18||0.81 mm.||0.79 k/h||From: WNW||90%|
|06h||16||0.21 mm.||0.98 k/h||From: NNW||91%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||1.43 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||0.89 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||1.26 k/h||From: S||96%|
|18h||21||1.12 mm.||2 k/h||From: S||97%|
|21h||19||2.92 mm.||1.93 k/h||From: SSW||98%|
The weather forecast for Antigua on June 30 is good and we should have clear skies. The pitch is likely to have some juice due to the recent rains and batters would have to get used to the pace of the track. The side that bats first on this surface would have to eye a total of around 140 runs to win this game.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua is known for allowing batter to play their strokes with the shorter square boundaries aiding them. Fast bowlers get some assistance in the early overs and the spinners are known for bowling well in the latter half of the game when the ball starts to turn.
The pitch hasn’t see game for a while and there would be something for the bowlers early on in the game. In this format most teams these days prefer to chase targets. The side that wins the toss here shall have no hesitation in bowling first.
Pakistan Women have always been known for being poor tourists and they have generally struggled to get going immediately on tours. They would be without the services of their best batter Bismah Maroof which is a setback for them. West Indies Women on the other hand have done well at home and in conditions they are familiar with the side would start favorites in this game.
West Indies Women to win this game