Pakistan Women vs England Women, 1st T20I Match Prediction2019-12-18
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dominant England Women look to continue their ODI form in the T20I series!
England Women will win the match!
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After walloping Pakistan Women 2-0 in the ODI series, England Women will now look to repeat their performance in the upcoming T20I series. The first of the 3-match T20I series begins on December 17 at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur where all the matches of the ODI series were played.
England looked dominant with both the bat and the ball in the ODI series and it is likely that they will continue their form in the T20Is. Pakistan Women, meanwhile, looked hapless throughout the series as they were outplayed completely by a much stronger side. They were on their way to lose the final ODI as well after reeling at 145/8 but rain saved them the blushes as the match was washed out.
It will take a great effort for them to stop the might of the English team in the T20I series. Lest we forget, England Women are the No.2 team in the ICC Women's T20I Rankings while Pakistan Women are at NO.7. This has all the makings of another one-sided series.
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Pakistan Women have plenty to sort out for the T20I series. They have beaten England Women once in a T20I game and it will take something special to stop that side now. Captain Bismah Maroof has been playing a lone hand for the team and she would have to lead from the front again in the T20I series. She is an experienced player in the format with 10 fifties and 2097 runs.
The others who would have to shoulder the responsibility are openers Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan along with middle-order players like Kaynat Hafeez, Omaima Sohail, and Nida Dar.
In the bowling department, Pakistan Women were found wanting in the ODI series as they conceded plenty of runs against a strong England batting unit. Diana Baig, Syeda Aroob Shah, and Anam Amin have a huge responsibility as things will only get tougher in the T20I series. Off-spinner Nida Dar, who has 88 wickets in T20Is, is one of the most experienced bowlers in the lineup. She might play a crucial role in this match and the series.
Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, Javeria Khan, Syeda Aroob Shah, Sidra Nawaz, Anam Amin, Bismah Maroof, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Iram Javed
England Women had showcased a fearless and dominant brand of cricket in the ODI series. They are very strong in all the departments and will be even a mightier force in the T20Is.
England's batting order is brimming with in-form players like Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight, and Natalie Sciver. The explosive Fran Wilson, who smashed an unbeaten 85 off 49 balls in the 2nd ODI, will be the batter to watch out for in this T20I series. With such a robust batting unit, England Women will look to put up challenging totals in this series to put Pakistan out of the game.
Their bowling too has a great variety. Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Glenn and Sophie Ecclestone have all get their unique strengths and were looking in good shape during the ODI series. They also have Kate Cross and captain Heather Knight to bowl a few tight overs in case they need to put the brakes on the opposition. Pakistan Women will find it tough to tackle this bowling unit.
Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Freya Davies, Katherine Brunt
The pitch at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur is a good one for batting. Even in the ODI series, England Women managed to put up scores of 280-plus in the first two games. Bowlers too will find help at the start while spinners should get purchase during the middle overs. A score of 160-plus should be a good one after batting first. Showers and thunderstorms are expected on the day of the match so the rain threat will loom large over the game and we may have a rain-curtailed match.
The Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur has only recently started hosting T20I matches with the first match of the format played between Malaysia and Thailand in June 2019 here. Totals of 180-plus have already been achieved four times here with the highest T20I total achieved being 206-5 by Malaysia against Vanuatu. This indicates that this is a very good T20 surface for batting.
The Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first. They would want to put a strong total on the board first up and then put pressure on the opposition.
There have been 10 T20Is played between England Women and Pakistan Women and 9 of the games have been won by England. The only time Pakistan Women have beaten England Women in a T20I match was way back in 2013 at Loughborough. One also cannot overlook how dominant England was in the ODI series that just ended. Since they will be playing in the same venue and with the same team, England is expected to continue their form.
Thus, England Women begin as favorites for this clash unless Pakistan Women can really bat and bowl out of their skin. That seems unlikely as they seem really dented with the punishment they received at the hands of England in the ODI series. England Women should be backed to win the first match of this T20I series.
England Women will win the match!
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