West Indies Women vs India Women, 4th T20I Match Prediction2019-11-18
Providence Stadium, Guyana, West Indies
West Indies Women
West Indies Women
On-a-roll India looks to make it 4-0!
India Women to win the match!
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India Women annihilated the West Indies in the 3rd T20I of the series at Guyana by 7 wickets and have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match T20I series. It was a dominant performance by the visitors and they would now be eager to continue their winning streak in the 4th match of the series to be played again at the Providence Stadium. Harmanpreet Kaur's girls are working like a well-oiled machine and have almost all bases covered.
West Indies Women, meanwhile, are clearly struggling. Captain Anisa Mohammed will be hoping desperately that her batting unit gets their act together for this game. The bowlers have done a decent job, but the batswomen have failed regularly. It will now take something special from the home side to arrest this losing streak. But now that the series is gone, West Indies would be hoping to avoid a whitewash.
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West Indies Women's biggest failing in this series has been the lack of runs from the batting unit. They were restricted to a miserable 59-9 in the last T20I where the entire batting order collapsed. Chedean Nation is the top run-getter of the series so far for the side with only 53 runs to her name. She is followed by opener Hayley Matthews who has managed only 43 runs in 3 matches.
Top-order players like Stacy-Ann King (27 runs in 3 matches) and Shemaine Campbelle (35 runs in 3 matches) would really need to step up if the home team can stage a fightback.
Their bowling has been slightly better. Hayley Matthews's spell of 2-7 in 4 overs in the 3rd T20I was a terrific effort. Captain Anisa Mohammed and Shakera Selman have also looked in good rhythm. Since the 4th match will be played on the same ground as the 3rd one, the bowlers will have a fair idea of what lines to bowl.
Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher's role will be crucial too. She has gone at an economy rate of 6.20 which is good. The Indian players always look to attack against spin and that is where Fletcher could be a game-changer of she can prise out a few wickets.
India Women have grown from strength to strength on this tour. If the first T20I was about their batting prowess, the next two games have shown their all-round abilities. In the last game, when the in-form openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana fell for 0 and 3 respectively, Jemimah Rodrigues came to the team's rescue with a well-crafted unbeaten 40 runs off 51 balls with 4 fours on a difficult pitch.
The bulk of the scoring for India has been done by the top-order in the ongoing series with teen sensation Shafali Verma leading the way - 142 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 163.21. With Jemimah Rodrigues, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Veda Krishnamurthy following the openers, the Indian batting unit is robust and it will take something special from the bowlers to put them on the backfoot.
India has been equally impressive with the ball. In the 3rd T20I, the bowlers restricted the West Indies to only 59 runs and each of them took one wicket at least. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma, with 7 wickets so far, has been the standout performer for India this series. Left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, whose spell of 2-6 in the last match was impressive. She is likely to bowl in the Powerplay again and will be looking to spin the opposition into her web.
The pitch at the Providence Stadium in Guyana is expected to be slow and low like the last game. The average score batting first here is 139 and the average score batting second is 91. The highest total achieved on this venue is 191-5 by England Men against the West Indies Men back in 2010. However, the pitch has changed its character since then. The ball will grip for the slow bowlers and batting won't be easy. The weather is expected to be cloudy on the day of the match. There are some showers expected in the morning but they shouldn't last long. The windy weather and the moist in the air should aid the seam bowlers.
Team India will be delighted that they are playing the 4th T20I at Providence Stadium. After winning the 3rd T20I at the same venue, the Indian team must have gotten used to the conditions well. The current slow nature of the pitch should be enjoyed by India's seam bowlers more than the opposition's. The capacity of the crowd is 15,000 in the stadium. Since this match is being played on a Sunday, we can expect a good crowd on the match day.
Despite the miserable batting performance by the West Indies after batting first in the last game, this venue is generally best for batting first and then putting the pressure on the opposition. Hence, the team winning the toss should bat first.
Team India is on a roll at the moment and have absolutely blown the home team away. India Women are expected to continue their terrific form and overpower West Indies Women for the fourth consecutive time this series. West Indies Women are really low on confidence and it will be a mighty task for them to stop the Indian juggernaut. The only way they can put pressure on India is if they make inroads in the top-order and not allow the middle-order to score. If the West Indies can do that, then they can hope to register their first win of the series. Looking at their current form however, India Women should put up another solid display and make it 4-0 after this match.
India Women to win the match!
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