The Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is set to disburse two another exciting matches for fans. In the first encounter of the day, Pakistan Women and Thailand Women are slated to lock horns in the penultimate match of the group stages.
Pakistan Women, who are virtually out of the tournament, will be aiming to finish their campaign on a high by defeating a relatively-inexperienced Thailand side. The Women in Green have managed to clinch only one victory from their three matches so far in the mega-event.
After flagging off their World Cup heist on a positive note by defeating West Indies Women, Javeria Khan and Co. suffered consecutive defeats England and South Africa that derailed their campaign. In their previous match against the Proteas Women, Pakistan Women failed to hunt down the total of 136 runs. Javeria Khan (31) and Aliya Riaz (39) stitched vital partnerships in the middle in Pakistan Women’s pursuit. However, their efforts went down the drain as the Women in Green fell short of the target by 17 runs.
Similarly, Thailand Women have not dazzled so far in the tournament as they have been annihilated in their three matches so far. Their inconsistency and inexperience has served as a roadblock in their World Cup campaign. The Proteas Women thrashed Thailand in their previous match by a massive margin of 113 runs.
While chasing a mammoth total of 195 runs, Thailand Women’s batting force bowed down against the Proteas Women and succumbed down to the pressure to post only 82 runs on the board. Thailand will also be aiming to depart the tournament on a positive note.
Pakistan Women’s prolific batting force comprising the likes of skipper Javeria Khan and Muneena Ali will be aiming to gather runs against a naive Thailand side. In the absence of their regular skipper Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan will be hoping to lead her side from the front. She had also stitched a vital 31-run knock in her previous match against South Africa Women. Aliya Riaz will also be aiming to carry on her sublime form with the bat. The right-hander has amassed 41 and 39* in her previous two games for Pakistan Women.
Probable XI: Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan (C), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz, Iram Javed, Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Syeda Aroob Shah, Anam Amin.
Thailand Women will be banking on their prolific batswoman Nattakan Chantam, who has amassed 47 runs so far in the tournament along with Nannapat Koncharoenkai, who has mustered 45 runs. Onnicha Kamchomphu, the top-scorer for Thailand in their previous match against South Africa, will also be hoping to recreate her knock. Chanida Sutthiruang is another player for Thailand who can deliver a robust performance in both the departments.
Probable XI: Nattakan Chantam, Nattaya Boochatham, Nannapat Koncharoenkai (WK), Naruemol Chaiwai, Sornnarin Tippoch (C), Onnicha Kamchomphu, Chanida Sutthiruang, Wongpaka Liengprasert, Suleeporn Laomi, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Soraya Lateh.
Focus will be on
Javeria Khan is in red-hot form with the bat as she has amassed four 30+ scores in her last five matches for Pakistan Women. She will be expecting to thrash Thailand bowlers from the word go. Moreover, she has the experience of playing 100 T20Is under her belt. In a career spanning over a decade, the right-hander has amassed 1826 runs in 100 T20Is along with scalping 11 wickets.
Amid the inexperience which is haunting Thailand’s T20 World Cup campaign, Nattakan Chantam will be steering their batting force. The 24-year-old batting stalwart has two-half centuries under her belt in 37 T20Is which she has played for Thailand Women. She has amassed the most number of runs for Thailand so far in the tournament and has also gathered 650 runs in her T20I career.
180- Javeria Khan has mustered 180 runs in her past five appearances for Pakistan Women.
2- Nattakam Chantam has two half-centuries under her belt in a career spanning over 37 T20Is.
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Match Timings: 03:00 pm (local), 9:30 am (IST)
The second match of the day and final encounter of the group stage will be played between West Indies Women and South Africa Women at the Sydney Showground Stadium.
West Indies Women’s journey ended in their previous match after suffering a 46-run defeat against England. Hunting down a total of 143 runs, West Indies Women suffered a batting fiasco as most of their batswoman returned to the pavilion on single-digit scores. The Women in Maroon will be hopeful of clinching a win and ending their World Cup heist on a positive note.
South Africa, on the other hand, will look to test their squad as they have already booked a berth in the semi-finals. The Proteas Women have registered victory in all three matches so far and they will be aiming to boast a clean sweep by defeating West Indies Women in their fourth match of the tournament.
West Indies Women
Despite suffering a batting debacle in their previous match, West Indies Women will be relying on the batting brilliance of Deandra Dottin and skipper Stafanie Taylor. Shemaine Campbelle also holds the potential to deliver impressive performances with her bat. Along with delivering strong performances in the batting department, skipper Stafanie Taylor also has been a pivotal force of West Indies Women’s bowling lineup. She has scalped six wickets in her last five appearances with the West Indies Women.
Probable XI: Hayley Matthews, Lee-Ann Kirby, Stafanie Taylor (C), Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbell (WK), Chinelle Henry, Chedean Nation, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman.
South Africa Women
South Africa Women’s batting force will be led by the opening pair of Lizelle Lee and skipper Dane van Niekerk. Both the batters have delivered impressive performances so far in the tournament. The Proteas also have all-rounder Marizanne Kapp in their arsenal. Laura Wolvaardt, who smashed a brilliant half-century in her previous match against Pakistan Women, will be hoping to deliver another match-winning performance.
Probable XI: Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty (WK), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba.
Focus will be on
Stafanie Taylor (West Indies Women)
Skipper Stafanie Taylor will be heading West Indies Women in both the departments. Considering her performance in the previous match, Taylor will undoubtedly be a vital cog for the Women in Maroon ahead of the match. Having a vast experience under her belt, the 28-year-old has played 103 T20Is and has amassed 2984 runs along with scalping 89 wickets.
Dane van Niekerk (South Africa Women)
Skipper Niekerk has bolstered her side with vital contributions in both the departments. She has two 40+ scores under her belt in last five matches for the Proteas Women along with four wickets. Furthermore, she has a plethora of experience as she has donned the South African jersey in 82 T20Is and has amassed 1827 runs along with scalping 63 wickets.
21- West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor has 21 half-centuries under her belt in 103 T20 Internationals.
54- Marizanne Kapp is 54 runs away from reaching the 1000-run mark in T20 Internationals.
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Match Timings: 07: 00 pm (local), 1:30 pm (IST)
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