The 1st match of the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier between Bangladesh Women and Papua New Guinea Women will be hosted by the Forthill in Dundee.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).
The game between Bangladesh Women and Papua New Guinea Women kick starts the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier. Eight teams will take part in the tournament but only two get a chance to play in the next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Bangladesh Women are expected to be one of the two sides that too comfortably. They emerged as winners of the Asia Cup T20 last year.
Over the last year, they have dominated the teams that earned the T20I status. Coming into this tournament, the Bangladesh Women thumped Thailand Women who recently set a record for the longest winning streak in T20Is. Their opponents in the first match, P.N.G, are going through a good phase. P.N.G featured in 12 T20I matches in 2019 and have won ten of those and lost only two games.
A delayed start could be expected in the tournament opener as rain is predicted for Saturday morning in Dundee. Things are expected to get better by 11 AM. This could mean we can have a match of 5-10 overs per team in the remaining time ahead of the next match.
Ireland and Scotland posted totals of 147 and 170 during the warm-ups at this venue. It can be said that these scores have been recorded as they faced slightly weaker oppositions. However, going purely by the scorecards, we can expect scores over 130 in the tournament opener if the rain stays away.
(Will be added when there is an update)
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, Isabel Toua, Mairi Tom, Natasha Ambo.
Bench: Vicky Araa, Gari Buruka, Narela Ila.
The captains of both teams Salma Khatun and Kaia Arua have some solid numbers in the T20I format. Salma has 54 wickets to her name going along with 510 runs while Arua scored 165 runs and has claimed 21 wickets in this format.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sibona Jimmy, Salma Khatun, Kaia Arua
Vice-Captain Options – Fahima Khatun, Brenda Tau, Ayasha Rahman
Watch out for Sibona Jimmy of P.N.G. who opens the innings and also bowls 3-4 overs every game. She has taken 14 wickets and scored 173 runs in her 17-match T20I career.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brenda Tau, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Ayasha Rahman, Fargana Hoque, Tanya Ruma
All-Rounders – Sibona Jimmy, Kaia Arua (VC)
Bowlers – Salma Khatun (C), Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter, Mairi Tom
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brenda Tau, Nigar Sultana
Batters – Ayasha Rahman (VC), Fargana Hoque, Sanjida Islam
All-Rounders – Sibona Jimmy (C), Kaia Arua
Bowlers – Salma Khatun, Natasha Ambo, Nahida Akter, Ravina Oa
Both the teams have shown interest in picking the players with best records in this format. The recent series and warm-up matches have suggested this trend. Same could be continued in this big tournament.
Bangladesh Women are expected to get off the mark with a big win.
*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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