The 2nd game of the 3-match T20I series between Pakistan Women and England Women will be played at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (2:00 AM GMT) (7:30 AM IST).
England Women’s tour of Malaysia has been a fruitful one for the visitors who are yet to lose a match in this tour. They began with back to back big wins in the ODI series before the last match ended without a result. They took 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series as they won the first T20I by 25 runs on Tuesday. Amy Jones returned to the top of the batting order and scored a 39-ball 53 with 10 fours. All-rounder Natalie Sciver scored an unbeaten 34 in team’s total of 154/4 and later picked up two wickets. The Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof put on a lone fight with a 59-ball 60 while no other batter got even 25 runs.
We could be in for a start-stop sort of day as rain is predicted from the afternoon in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
The Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur has been a decent venue for the T20 format. The last five Women’s T20Is hosted by the venue has witnessed decent totals and the chasing team struggled only while chasing big scores. If England bats first on Thursday, we can witness a big 160+ total and if Pakistan bats first, the visitors could be seen chasing down 130+ comfortably.
Average 1st innings score: 132 (Last 5 Women’s T20Is)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (C), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Fatima Sana, Syeda Aroob Shah, Anam Amin.
Bench – Ayesha Zafar, Rameen Shamim, Diana Baig, Sadia Iqbal.
Amy Ellen Jones (WK), Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight (C), Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Davies.
Bench – Lauren Winfield, Kate Cross, Kirstie Gordon, Mady Villiers.
Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont are consistent at recording scores of 40+. Both the players are in good form ever since the start of the International season. Danielle Wyatt was in amazing form during the Kia Super League and scored her maiden ODI hundred during the first ODI on this tour. She has been England’s most prolific run-getter in the T20Is ever since getting promoted up the order. Bismah Maroof is quite good at whatever she does on the field. She is easily the most consistent batter for Pakistan and also chips in with wickets whenever she rolls her arms.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Danielle Wyatt, Nat Sciver, Amy Jones, Bismah Maroof
Vice-captain options – Nida Dar, Tammy Beaumont, Javeria Khan, Katherine Brunt
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Amy Jones
Batters – Omaima Sohail, Nahida Khan, Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt
All-Rounders – Nat Sciver (C), Heather Knight, Bismah Maroof (VC)
Bowlers – Syeda Aroob Shah, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Davies
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Amy Jones
Batters – Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt (C), Omaima Sohail, Javeria Khan
All-Rounders – Nat Sciver, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar (VC)
Bowlers – Syeda Aroob Shah, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole
Heather Knight’s importance in the fantasy team comes only when she bats a good number of deliveries. It is unlikely to happen in the T20Is as their top four score bulk of the runs and Knight drops herself to No.6 if required.
England Women are expected to seal the series 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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