The 12th match of the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier between Papua New Guinea (PNG) Women and United States of America (USA) Women will be hosted by the Lochlands in Arbroath.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (1:00 PM GMT) (6:30 PM IST).
Papua New Guinea went down by 6-run margin during the reserve day match against the Bangladesh Women on Monday. This defeat came after they created a bit of havoc by beating the hosts Scotland in their first match. The result of that game will continue to create an impact on the Group A. All PNG need here is to win by a fair margin against the United States of America in the last group match.
Their NRR is quite behind that of Scotland who is at No.2 in their group at the moment. They will keep an eye on Scotland’s progress against Bangladesh while they face the USA. In fact, despite two big losses, the USA still has an outside chance for a semi-final. However, for that to happen, they require a 50-run win over the PNG team and hope for a similar win for the Bangladesh team against Scotland.
The weather in Lochlands has hardly made an issue in this tournament. That fact could continue on Tuesday. The morning match might get a delayed start due to the overnight rain but the game in the afternoon will be unaffected by weather.
The 100% win record for the chasing teams in full 20-over matches in Arbroath does cover up a fact. The targets in those three matches are less than 110. This does suggest that anything over 120 can be a winning total here.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
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, Claudine Beckford, Akshatha Rao.
Bench: Mahika Kandanala, Geetika Kodali, Uzma Iftikhar
Naoani Vare plays a similar role for PNG as Sibona Jimmy. The duo bowls a handful number of overs and also open the innings. Sindhu Sriharsha of USA will be hoping to contribute to this crucial match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sindhu Sriharsha, Brenda Tau, Sibona Jimmy, Naoani Vare
Vice-Captain Options – Onika Wallerson, Sugetha Chandhrasekar, Konio Oala, Kaia Arua
Sibona Jimmy will be a must as captain or vice-captain after her exploits with the ball and possible success as an opener.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sindhu Sriharsha (VC), Brenda Tau
Batters – Sugetha Chandhrasekar, Naoani Vare, Konio Oala
All-Rounders – Nadia Gruny, Sibona Jimmy (C)
Bowlers – Samantha Ramautar, Akshatha Rao, Ravina Oa, Natasha Ambo
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sindhu Sriharsha, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Naoani Vare (VC), Tanya Ruma, Shebani Bhaskar
All-Rounders – Onika Wallerson, Sibona Jimmy (C)
Bowlers – Samantha Ramautar, Mairi Tom, Ravina Oa, Lisa Ramjit
The majority of players in the USA side have turned out to be a failure thus far. However, the senior players in the batters’ category can still be trusted. They will aim for a big win for having an outside chance to make it to the final.
PNG Women are expected to get better of the USA Women on Tuesday.
*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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