The 1st play-off semi-final of the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands Women and United States of America (USA) Women will be hosted by the Lochlands in Arbroath.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 PM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).
Netherlands Women might not be too disappointed with their performances in the group stage despite not making a cut into the semi-finals. They were thumped by Thailand in the first match but came back well against Ireland. They even stood in with a chance of winning before the inexperience middle-order failed to get the runs. The Dutch Women will now aim to finish as high as No.5 in this tournament.
For the No.5 position, they will face the United States of America (USA) Women who can be said as the poorest performer of the tournament. They are one of the two teams to lose all three matches in the group stage and those losses came by big margins. USA will be hopeful of finishing the competition with at least one win or at least one good fight which was missing from them thus far.
There is nothing new to speak about the weather for the morning match in Lochlands. There might be a delayed start like on the previous days but the chances are way too less. A sunny day is forecasted in the weather report for Lochlands.
One of the major reason for the good record for the chasing teams here is the low scores put up in the first innings. The early seam moment seems to be restricting the batsmen in the first innings. Anything close to 6 runs an over might be tough to chase here.
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Probable Playing XIs:
Sterre Kalis, Heather Siegers, Robine Rijke, Denise van Deventer, Miranda Veringmeier, Babette de Leede (WK), Juliët Post (C), Iris Zwilling, Leonie Bennett, Caroline de Lange, Eva Lynch.
Bench – Frederique Overdijk, Hannah Landheer, Silver Siegers.
United States of America Women (USA):
Sugetha Chandhrasekar, Erica Rendler, Nadia Gruny, Sindhu Sriharsha (C & WK), Shebani Bhaskar, Onika Wallerson, Samantha Ramautar, Sara Farooq, Lisa Ramjit, Uzma Iftikhar, Akshatha Rao.
Bench: Mahika Kandanala, Geetika Kodali, Claudine Beckford
Sterre Kalis picked up consistency with scores of 46 and 34 in the previous two matches. USA is still hopeful of Sindhu Sriharsha coming out good. In her 6-match T20I career, Erica Rendler has two scores of 35+ and four single digits.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sterre Kalis, Heather Siegers, Erica Rendler
Vice-Captain Options – Onika Wallerson, Sindhu Sriharsha, Iris Zwilling
Heather Siegers had a near perfect game against Namibia. Opening the bowling, Heather picked up three wickets and later scored 21 also while opening but with the bat.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sindhu Sriharsha, Babette de Leede
Batters – Miranda Veringmeier, Shebani Bhaskar, Erica Rendler (VC)
All-Rounders – Sterre Kalis, Heather Siegers (C), Leonie Bennett
Bowlers – Samantha Ramautar, Lisa Ramjit, Iris Zwilling
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Babette de Leede
Batters – Miranda Veringmeier, Erica Rendler, Shebani Bhaskar, Sugetha Chandhrasekar
All-Rounders – Onika Wallerson, Sterre Kalis (C), Heather Siegers
Bowlers – Samantha Ramautar, Caroline de Lange, Iris Zwilling (VC)
The senior players in the USA side continue to fail. One could avoid them by picking as many as seven Netherlands players. And the remaining four can be picked among the players who had at least one decent match thus far.
Netherlands are expected to get better of the USA.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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