The 1st match (Reserve Day) of the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier between Bangladesh Women and Papua New Guinea Women will be played at the Forthill in Dundee.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).
This match will be live streamed on ICC’s YouTube channel and T20 World Cup’s Facebook page.
The game between Bangladesh Women and Papua New Guinea Women was supposed to be the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier. However, the rain gods ensured the match was abandoned. Since there is a reserve day facility, the two sides will face off on Monday after two days of action in the tournament. Both the teams head into this match having won the previous.
Bangladesh trashed USA as expected in the game on Sunday afternoon. Their bowlers rolled over the opposition batting as USA were bundled out for only 46. Bangladesh needed 8.2 overs at the cost of two wickets for chasing the target. While in the game on Sunday, the PNG Women took down Scotland by chasing down the target of 102 comfortably. PNG lost only six wickets to complete the chase.
The reserve day option might give a chance of deciding a winner among Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. However, the weather has other ideas as there are good chances of a rain-interrupted game on Monday. Showers are expected between 9 AM and 2 PM on match day which conflicts with the timings of the match.
Chasing has been extremely tough at the Forthill in this tournament. While there have been successful chases at the other venue, the teams batting first won all matches in Dundee. It also indicates the slowness of the pitch at this venue in the second half.
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Probable Playing XIs:
Sanjida Islam, Ayasha Rahman, Shaila Sharmin, Nigar Sultana (WK), Fargana Hoque, Ritu Moni, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Salma Khatun (C), Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter
Bench – Murshida Khatun, Sobhana Mostary, Shamima Sultana.
Papua New Guinea Women:
Sibona Jimmy, Naoani Vare, Brenda Tau (WK), Tanya Ruma, Veru Frank, Konio Oala, Kaia Arua (C), Ravina Oa, Vicky Araa, Mairi Tom, Natasha Ambo.
Bench: Isabel Toua, Gari Buruka, Narela Ila.
Brenda Tau played a crucial knock for PNG in the chase against Scotland to make a difference. Tanya Ruma too played a key inning at No.4. The duo shared a 26-run stand for the 3rd wicket, the highest in their innings. Pacer Jahanara Alam set the platform for a big win with her opening spell against USA.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sibona Jimmy, Brenda Tau, Nahida Akter, Ayasha Rahman
Vice-Captain Options – Fahima Khatun, Konio Oala, Kaia Arua, Jahanara Alam
Sibona Jimmy showed a glimpse of what she can do in the game against Scotland. She took 2 wickets in her four overs and later scored 12 runs opening the batting.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brenda Tau, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Ayasha Rahman, Sanjida Islam, Tanya Ruma, Konio Oala (VC)
All-Rounders – Ritu Moni, Sibona Jimmy
Bowlers – Nahida Akter (C), Jahanara Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brenda Tau, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Ayasha Rahman, Tanya Ruma, Sanjida Islam
All-Rounders – Sibona Jimmy (C)
Bowlers – Jahanara Alam (VC), Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Mairi Tom, Ravina Oa
The captains of both teams Salma Khatun and Kaia Arua have great numbers in the T20I format. However, both haven’t allowed other players to step up which will reduce the fantasy potential of the two.
Bangladesh Women will start as favourites for this match.
*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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