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Zimbabwe Women's quest for 3rd place in the Qualifiers
Zimbabwe Women to win
Tournament: ICC Women World Cup Qualifier 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Zimbabwe Women would take on Thailand Women in the 3rd Place Playoff of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022. Both sides lost their respective semifinals and shall look to finish the tournament on a high. Zimbabwe went down against Ireland Women in their previous game, while Thailand Women failed to chase a small total against Bangladesh Women which will hurt them.
The two sides had played earlier during the league games, where Zimbabwe Women had won comfortably. It will add to their confidence in this contest. Thailand Women shall have to work on their batting as the side batted exceptionally poorly in the last game. The stakes are high, and we will see a tight contest in this game.
Mary-Anne Musonda's team had started the tournament positively, winning their first two games. But the side comes here with two narrow losses. They lost to Ireland Women by 4 runs in the 1st Semi Final. Musonda would like to end the tournament positively, secure 3rd place, and keep their hopes alive for the World Cup qualification.
Sharne Mayers has looked in good form, and she must provide the side with a solid start opening the batting with Kelis Ndlovu. The middle order has the experience, and the side would need runs from Mary-Anne Musonda, Modester Mupachikwa, and Josephine Nkomo in this game. Precious Marange and Pellagia Mujaji must deliver the goods down the order.
The bowling attack has fared well in this tournament, and the team shall look for a good show from Nomvelo Sibanda and Josephine Nkomo in this game. Precious Marange and Audrey Mazvishaya must bowl tight spells in the middle overs as Thailand has done well with the bat. Loren Tshuma and Kelis Ndlovu need to do well in the supporting act.
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Kelis Ndlovu, Sharne Mayers, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Modester Mupachikwa (wk), Pellagia Mujaji, Josephine Nkomo, Precious Marange, Audrey Mazvishaya, Loren Tshuma, Nomvelo Sibanda
Naruemol Chaiwai's team batted poorly in their semifinal game against Bangladesh Women. The skipper would be upset with the performance of her batters. They failed to chase a score of 114 to win. They had lost against Zimbabwe in the group stage, and Chaiwai shall like to even it out here.
Nannapat Koncharoenka and Onnicha Kamchomphu have an important task at hand, and they must set up a good total at the start. Nattakan Chantam did well in the last game, and the side would have high expectations from her. Nattaya Boochatham, Chaiwai, and Chanida Sutthiruang need to add quick runs down the order for the side to be in a strong position.
Chanida Sutthiruang and Nattaya Boochatham have done well with the new ball, and the same would be expected from them. Rosenan Kanoh and Phannita Maya will have a big task in the middle overs as their opponents have a strong batting line-up. The side would also need tight spells from Thipatcha Putthawong and Sornnarin Tippoch in this match.
Naruemol Chaiwai (c), Nannapat Koncharoenkai (wk), Nattakan Chantam, Nattaya Boochatham, Sornnarin Tippoch, Chanida Sutthiruang, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Rosenan Kanoh, Phannita Maya, Thipatcha Putthawong, Nanthita Boonsukham
There are predictions of clear skies over Abu Dhabi on September 25. The batting conditions would be great, and batters will get to score runs easily on this track. Fast bowlers are expected to struggle on this track. The side batting first would aim at 160 runs or more.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, has a flat surface and a fast outfield making batting easy here. Spinners have done well at this venue as the wicket helps them turn the ball. Fast bowlers have struggled on this wicket as they don't generate enough bounce from the surface.
Few sides have successfully defended totals at this venue. Run chases have been easy as the wicket is excellent to bat on. We have seen big run chases in the past, and the side winning the toss won't have second thoughts about bowling first.
Thailand Women batters have been in poor form, and this has hurt the side in the games it has played so far. They will have to put up a good challenge for the Zimbabwean side in this game. Zimbabwe has a strong batting line-up and experienced bowling attack, which will make them favorites here.
Zimbabwe Women to win
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