W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Australia
Bangladesh Women face a sheer challenge from India Women that upset the defending champions in the opening match!
We predict that India Women will defeat Bangladesh Women!
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India Women have opened their account by winning the first match against Australia Women by 17 runs. After their Tri-Series loss against the home side in the final, the win has been the ideal start in the World Cup for the visitors, thanks to 4-for-19 from Poonam Yadav, who did not get to play in the preceding Tri-Series.
Bangladesh Women did well in recent times to win Women's T20 Quadrangular Series in India, played against India A Women, India B Women and Thailand Women teams. They had lost just one game in that tournament, against India B Team, but then in the final, they took the sweet revenge to win the title defeating the same side. Bangladesh Women defeated Pakistan Women in the warmup game by 5 runs, in which Murshida Khatun scored 43 runs while Jahanara Alam took 4-for-22 and Khadija Tul Kubra took 3 for just 11 runs.
Bangladesh Women will face a remarkable Indian side in their first match of the Cup, and they must level up their game.
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After facing defeats in the Tri-Series final from Australia, India Women stunned the hosts in the opening match, which is also their second consecutive win against Australia in ICC Women's T20 World Cup, as India had defeated Australia in the 2018 edition.
In the inaugural game, opener Shafali Verma’s spectacular innings of 15-balls 29 included 5 fours and a six, while Rodrigues scores steady 26 off 33 balls. Banking on their innings, Deepti Sharma took India beyond 130 with her 46-balls 49 runs that included 3 boundaries.
Australia looked threatening at one moment while chasing, however, India made a comeback after Poonam Yadav grabbed Alyssa Healy’s wicket in 10th over when Australia was at 67. Gardner stayed till the end, but Poonam Yadav and Shikha Pandey worked in coordination and removed opponents middle and lower-middle-order batsmen cheaply, while two run-outs towards the end also played a significant part in India Women’s win. Following such a great win, defeating Bangladesh Women should not be a difficult task for India Women.
Smriti Mandhana is the leading run-scorer for India with 266 runs in the last 9 games, followed by Jemimah Rodrigues (204 runs in 10 games), while Deepti Sharma, leads the bowling attack with 14 wickets in last 9 matches followed by Radha Yadav (11 wickets in 6 games).
Key Players: Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav
Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Bangladesh Women made their ICC T20 World Cup debut in 2014. In 2016 and 2018 editions, Bangladesh lost all their games, but with the win over Pakistan Women in the warm-up game, they must be hopeful for better performance and result this time around.
In the warmup game, Bangladesh managed to put up 111 runs on the board thanks to Murshida Khatun’s 38-balls 43 and Fargana Hoque’s supportive 21 runs. Khatun’s innings included 6 boundaries. While defending the total, they took 3 wickets inside powerplay which kept the run-flow under check right from the beginning. When Khadija Tul Kubra removed the set batsman Javeria Khan in the 16th over, the match was almost sealed as Pakistan were 6 down for just 78 then.
Jahanara Alam took 4 wickets, while Khadija Tul Kubra grabbed 3 and the skipper Salma Khatun took 2 wickets. Similar efforts and discipline in the bowling and batting would be required from the Bangladesh side while facing India Women.
In the last 10 T20 games, Nigar Sultana is the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh with 236 runs followed by Fargana Hoque (214 runs) whose strike rate of 143.62 is noteworthy. Jahanara Alam leads the bowling department with 14 wickets in 9 games followed by Salma Khatun (6 wickets in 10 matches).
Key Players: Murshida Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Salma Khatun
Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Panna Ghosh, Salma Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana
On the match day, the weather at Perth is expected to be patchy rain possible. Daytime temperature can reach 33°c while nighttime minimum temperature is expected to be around 13°c. Precipitation of 82.8%, cloud covering 54% of the sky and the humidity will be around 62% are predicted.
The venue for the match is W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, which is the home to many sports, including AFL, rugby and soccer, but it is mainly popular as a cricket ground.
The pitch at the WACA is regarded as the quickest and bounciest in the world. The first T20 match played here in this World Cup was won by West Indies while chasing Thailand Women’s 79 runs. In the second game, Sri Lanka Women scored 127 runs after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first. It is recommended to bowl first after winning the toss and get the best out of it with the ball early on.
India Women shaped an upset in the opening match at Sydney by defeating the defending champions Australia Women, which must have boosted their confidence as they face Bangladesh Women next. Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Poonam Yadav are the strengths of their bowling unit. Bangladesh Women hold forgettable records in big tournaments like ICC T20 World Cup. They won just one T20 match in three World Cups in which they participated so far.
We predict that India Women will defeat Bangladesh Women!
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