Pakistan Women vs England Women, 2nd ODI Match Prediction2019-12-13
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dominant England Women look to seal series in 2nd ODI!
England Women to win!
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The 1st ODI of the 3-match series between Pakistan Women and England Women went on expected lines as England crushed Pakistan by 75 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Hundreds from both their openers and a neat bowling performance were the highlights for England in the game. They didn't give Pakistan an inch and put up a dominating all-round show. With this win, they have now extended their victory streak over Pakistan to 7 ODIs.
England Women would thus head to the 2nd ODI at Kuala Lumpur with great confidence. Meanwhile, Pakistan Women have several issues to sort out. Their bowling looked toothless against a strong England unit and their batting succumbed under the pressure of a daunting target of 285. Bismah Maroof's team does have talent but they seem to be ill-equipped to handle a team like England at the moment.
Unless they pull something special out of their hat in the 2nd match, Pakistan Women are staring at another series defeat. The series, which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship, is important for both the teams. England Women are currently placed 2nd on the table with 26 points while Pakistan Women are fifth, with 15 points, in the eight-team championship. A series win will help England establish their 2nd place and for Pakistan, it will be a chance to move up the ladder. The top four in the table will have automatic qualifications for the 50-over ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and hence points earned in this series are of vital significance.
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In the 1st ODI against England Women, Pakistan Women's bowling has a major disappointment. Every bowler gave away runs and wasn't able to control the onslaught by the English top-order. They have some good talent at their disposal. Nashra Sandhu, Diana Baig and Aliya Riaz were ineffective. Nida Dar was decent and Rameen Shamim was expensive even though she ended up picking 3 wickets. Pakistan's batting would have been worse had it not been for a middle-order rescue job.
They were reeling at 39-3 at one point but a fine 69 from Bismah Maroof and a solid 39 by Aliya Riaz saved them the blushes. Openers Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen fell for single digits and would have to do a better job if Pakistan hopes to put any pressure on England Women.
What should be worrying for the team, though, is that their recent form has been terrible. They failed to defeat Bangladesh Women in a two-match ODI series and were crushed by South African Women in the five-match T20I series. It would take something special for them to overcome England's Women given their current form.
Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, Javeria Khan, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Ramin Shamim, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Ameen
England Women would be delighted with their commanding performance in the 1st ODI. Openers Tammy Beaumont (107 off 141 balls) and Danni Wyatt (110 off 95 balls) hit centuries but it was Wyatt's sensational hitting that really stole the show. She hit 3 sixes and 12 fours in her knock to complete her maiden ODI ton. Captain Heather Knight too put up a solid 41. Despite a middle-order collapse, England posted a daunting 284 on the board.
The collapse shouldn't worry about the team so much as these things happen when the top-order has played for close to 45 overs. In Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones and Fran Wilson they have good batters who are bound to come good soon. England's bowling performance was clinical. Kate Cross was the wrecker-in-chief with 4-32. Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Natalie Sciver all did a good job of containing the Pakistani batters and not letting them getaway. This English bowling unit has plenty of variety with quality seamers who are likely to trouble the Pakistani batters throughout the series.
Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt
The pitch at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur is a good one for batting with help for the seam bowlers. The ball comes nicely on to the bat in the first half of the innings. But as the pitch becomes slower, seamers and slower bowlers will get purchase and can make things difficult for the batters. Some overhead clouds are expected on the match day but the weather will be mostly warm throughout the match.
The first ODI that was played at the Kinrara Academy Oval is Kuala Lumpur was between Australia and the West India back in 2006. It has traditionally been a true surface with more help for the batsmen than the bowlers. The highest total achieved on this venue is 309-6 by India vs the West Indies.
The team winning the toss will opt to bat first. The pitch is the same as the first game and the toss-winning team would be looking to post a healthy total on board and then apply pressure on the opposition.
Pakistan Women have never beaten England Women in an ODI. The two teams have played each other on 9 occasions, and every single time England Women has come out on tops. The gulf between them seems too wide at the moment in this format. England Women, after all, is the reigning ODI world champions and Pakistan Women are ranked No.7. The way England Women thumped Pakistan Women in the 1st ODI was not a surprise. They are the better, all-round side and look strong in all departments.
Hence, England Women begin as overwhelming favorites for the 2nd ODI of the series. The only way Pakistan Women can hope to win the match is if they force a top-order collapse and buckle England for a low score. But that looks unlikely and hence back the England Women to win the 2nd ODI and seal the series with it.
England Women to win!
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