India Women vs England Women, 1st Semi-Final T20 Match Prediction2020-03-06
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
In the clash of the titans, Can in-form India Women take revenge for the 2018 WC semifinal defeat against the same opponent?
England Women to win this match!
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The undefeated India women team in the group stage will take on the 2018 runner-up England Women in the first semifinal game of the ICC T20 Women WorldCup 2020 on Thursday. India Women had a great tournament thus far as they won in as many four games played so far in the event. In the ongoing tournament, India’s bowling has been brilliant as they pulled off a couple of close victories while defending the below-par score.
Poonam Yadav has been the pick of the bowlers; she picked nine wickets from four games. Besides, top-order batsman, Shafali Verma has been in sensational form, she is the third best batsman in the ongoing event. It’s another great opportunity for the Women in blue to make a debut in the T20 world cup finals and settled the score against the very same opponent.
On the other hand, England Women are also brimming with confidence following the three consecutive victories in the group stage. Though the tournament favourites didn’t have a great start to the world cup, they bounced back solidly in the next three games. In addition, they would be further buoyed considering their outstanding world cup record against India.
Skipper H Knight and NR Sciver have been in fabulous form with the bat, while S Ecclestone and A Shrubsole are England’s go-to bowler. England women hold a winning record of more than 74 percent in the T20 world cup and they would be hoping for another clinical performance against in-form Indian women.
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India Women would be riding high on confidence following their success in the ongoing tournament. They have defeated Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand while defending the score and in the last group game against Sri Lanka, Women in blue chased the target easily with seven wickets in hand. The major concern for India would be the poor-form of their prime players like Smrithi Mandhan and skipper H Kaur. India’s batting unit needs to click collectively if they have to beat formidable England Women's side.
In batting, Shafali Verma has been the lone fighter for India; she scored 161 runs from four-game at an average of 40.25. She has played an impact knock in all the earlier four games. A lot would depend on this youngster to lead the batting unit in the crucial game of the event. There will be extra pressure on her considering the failure of India’s prime batsmen Smriti Mandhana. The southpaw managed to score just 38 runs from three games. That is well below average for the player of her caliber. She needs to step up and provide a good opening stand with Shafali. Skipper H Kaur failed to make a mark in an event. However, she got plenty of experience playing in T20 and her experience would be vital in the knockout game. She is also due for a big knock. In the lower order, Deepi Sharma can swing the bat and score some runs. JI Rodrigues has been India’s second-best batsmen with just 85 runs from four games.
On the bowling front, Poonam Yadav, S Pandey, R Yadav were brilliant in the execution in earlier games. Bowling unit did a great job to put India in commanding position in the point table. Poonam Yadav is Indias’ go-to bowler; she picked nine-wicket from four-game whereas S Pandey claimed seven wickets in the tournament.
Key Players – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav
After winning the inaugural Women’s T20 world cup in 2009 England Women team has failed to reclaim the title in the last three world cup. In the last 2018 world-cup, England women were the runner-up team and they would be eying for another world-cup final.
In batting, likewise opponent, England would be relying heavily on their in-form batsmen; NR Sciver and HC Knight to do the bulk of the scoring. The batting-duo on their own led the England innings in all the earlier four games. NR Sciver (202 runs ) and HC Knight (193 runs) are the top-two leading scorer respectively in the tournament. Batting duo averages 60+ in the event and it truly justifies their batting dominance in the event. However, they got very little support from other specialist batsmen in the unit. A Jones with just 48 runs from four games is the third-best England batsman and it truly justifies the gravity of NR Sciver and HC Knight good batting-form in the semifinal.
England’s anther key player Danielle Wyatt also failed miserably in the tournament as she scored just 47 runs so far. She had a fantastic series befoe the world-cup but failed to carry-on. She is an experienced campaigner. England Bowling crew comprising of Sophie Ecclestone and Anya Shrubsole pushed the opponent against the wall in the tournament. Sophie Ecclestone and Anya Shrubsole both picked eight wickets so far. They are behind India’s Poonam Yadav in leading wicket-taker list. England bowling attack has been brilliant and consistently giving good performances.
Key Players - Natalie Sciver, HC Knight, Sophie Ecclestone
|A Ellen Jones||23||13||3||0||176.92|
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||2.69 mm.||3.57 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|03h||22||2.75 mm.||4.82 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|06h||23||2.38 mm.||5.49 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|09h||23||0.38 mm.||5.03 k/h||From: N||97%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.69 k/h||From: N||92%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: N||88%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||1.84 k/h||From: NNW||44%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||1.34 k/h||From: W||6%|
The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is not great as moderate rain is forecasted. The temperature will be around 23 degrees Celcius and humidity will be hovering around 85%. The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground stadium in Sydney is expected to be good for batting. Pacer will get assistance from the track.
The match will be played at the historic Sydney cricket stadium in Sydney. This will be the first match of the Women's T20 WorldCup 2020 at this venue.
In the earlier 7 seven T20 played at this venue, four times chasing team won the game whereas two times batting the first team won. Records are in favour of chasing team and also considering the overcast conditions, the team would look to bowl first. The toss winning team is expected to bowl first.
We expect it to be a thrilling game as both the teams had a great tournament so far. India women’s are undefeated whereas England also bounced back from the initial defeat and won the remaining three games to qualify for semis.
In bowling, both the teams have consistent performer, but in batting, both teams are relying on few individuals as collectively batting unit has struggled to perform. Hence, considering the performances In the tournament, it seems England has more individual contributors than India Women.
Hence, we predict England Women will have an edge over India Women in the 2020 WC semifinal.
England Women to win this match!
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