The 8th match of the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier between Bangladesh 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 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).
Bangladesh Women were expected to get the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier kick-started with an easy win against Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, the match got called off due to wet outfield and rain. However, Bangladesh might not be disappointed yet as the match will be played on reserve day which is on Monday. This meant Bangladesh’s first match will be against the USA if the weather permits.
The United States of America Women faced Scotland in Dundee on Friday. The strong Scotland team was too heavy to deal for the USA team. The Bryce sisters helped the hosts finish on 60/3 in the restricted seven overs. The USA lost the big-hitting Shebani Bhaskar for a golden duck in the first over of the chase. This meant the 61-run target from seven overs fared to be too much for USA in the end.
The forecast on Sunday at the Lochlands isn’t a threatening one. There could be showers and drizzle in the afternoon but those are unlikely to get the match called off.
The Arbroath is expected to get slowdown from the 2nd innings of the morning match itself. Towards the end of the afternoon match, the stroke-making could become extremely tougher.
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.
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, Uzma Iftikhar.
Bench: Akshatha Rao, Mahika Kandanala, Geetika Kodali
(Will be added when there is an update)
The captains of both teams Salma Khatun and Sindhu Sriharsha with be crucial in this match. The potential of Ayasha Rahman and Onika Wallerson can be backed.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sindhu Sriharsha, Salma Khatun, Fahima Khatun
Vice-Captain Options – Ayasha Rahman, Onika Wallerson, Sugetha Chandhrasekar
The Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun will be the ideal choice as captain in fantasy cricket given the expected slow conditions of the pitch.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sindhu Sriharsha (VC), Nigar Sultana
Batters – Sugetha Chandhrasekar, Shebani Bhaskar, Ayasha Rahman, Fargana Hoque
All-Rounders – Onika Wallerson
Bowlers – Fahima Khatun, Salma Khatun (C), Nahida Akter, Claudine Beckford
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sindhu Sriharsha, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Sugetha Chandhrasekar, Sanjida Islam, Shebani Bhaskar
All-Rounders – Onika Wallerson (VC), Fargana Hoque
Bowlers – Samantha Ramautar, Fahima Khatun, Salma Khatun (C), Nahida Akter
With the track likely to support the spinners, picking 3-4 Bangladesh spinners won’t be a bad idea. If Bangladesh bats first, anyone of the spinners can be made captain.
Bangladesh eye their first win of the tournament.
*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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