West Indies Women vs India Women, 5th T20I Match Prediction2019-11-22
Providence Stadium, Guyana
West Indies Women
West Indies Women
Unstoppable India Women aim for a clean sweep in 5th T20I.
India Women to win this game!
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The fortunes of West Indies Women tumbled from bad to worse as they were thumped by India Women in the 4th T20I of the 5-match series at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
In a rain-curtailed and low-scoring match, India Women continued their commanding show on the tour by registering a narrow 5-run win. On a pitch that was soggy and where the ball wasn't coming on easily to the bat, both the teams struggled with their batting.
However, India Women were more authoritative with the ball and managed to successfully halt the home side. India now leads the series 4-0 and will be eager to make a clean sweep in the final match at Guyana. West Indies Women have had their moments in the series but have failed to capitalize on them.
Meanwhile, India Women have found ways of winning and have looked solid on all fronts. Having already played on the venue in the last two games and managed strong wins, India Women look favorites for this clash.
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The biggest frailty of West Indies Women in this series has been their batting. After four matches, not one player has managed to score even 100 runs. Their two highest run-getters so far are openers Hayley Matthews (52 runs) and Chedean Nation (56 runs). Apart from these two, none of the others have managed to put up even a decent performance. A lot was expected from Chinelle Henry but she has managed only 32 runs in 4 games so far. Natasha McLean (30 runs in 4 matches), wicket-keeper Shemaine Campbelle (40 runs in 4 matches) and Sheneta Grimmond (10 runs in 3 matches) have been huge disappointments too. With such an underperforming batting unit, the results couldn't have gone any other way.
It is their bowling which has allowed West Indies Women to show some fight. In the 4th T20I, Hayley Matthews led from the front with a terrific spell of 13-3 from 2 overs. Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond both got 2 wickets apiece and were very good on a slow surface. With the last game being also played on the same ground, captain Anisa Mohammed would be counting on her bowlers to do the job once again. The spin duo might have a big say in this match.
Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Kyshona Knight, Shabika Gajnabi, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Anisa Mohammed, Sheneta Grimmond, Aaliyah Alleyne, Natasha McLean
Everything has been going the way of India Women in this series. In the last two games, their batting unit hasn't been in the best of form. But they have played well as a cohesive unit and managed to eke out victories. The failure of the batting order in the last two matches will be concerning captain Harmanpreet Kaur. She herself has been short of runs in this series - 34 runs in 4 matches.
However, the bulk of the work has been done by the top-order. Young sensation Shafali Verma (149 runs in 4 matches at 163.73) has had a quiet couple of games and would be itching to explode one final time in the last game. Then there is Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar who can all contribute. This gives India batting depth which will again be needed on a slow track. India's bowling has been equally impressive in this series.
In the last game, when the batsmen failed and could only post 50-7 in 9 overs, the bowlers came to the team's rescue. India's spin twins Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav have been the leading wicket-takers for the team. They opened the bowling in the last match and ended up with exact figures - 1-8 in 2 overs. The two spinners have been dependable and will again be spinning their web on the West Indies in the final game.
Off-spinner Anuja Patil, who returned with figures of 2-8 in 2 overs will also have an important role to play. It seems likely that the captain will be depending on her spinners in the final game and they could again prove to be match-winners.
Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Anuja Patil, Harleen Deol, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma, Pooja Vastrakar
As has been seen in the last two games at Providence Stadium in Guyana, the pitch has turned out to be slow with the ball not coming on to the bat easily. Run-making will be difficult and given the way things have gone in the series so far, a total of 120-130 might be a match-winning one. Slower bowlers will get plenty of help as the ball will grip on the surface. Expect another low-scoring encounter. The weather for the 5th T20I in Guyana is expected to be cloudy with some chances of thunderstorms in the morning. That could lead to another rain-curtailed match. However, the moisture in the air will help the seamers.
The Providence Stadium in Guyana is known for its slow surface over the years. The average score batting first here is 130 and the average score batting second is only 87. The crowd capacity here is 15,000 but one shouldn't expect great numbers given the home team has been performing in this series.
The team winning the toss will look to bat first. The venue has been a good bat first pitch, even if the conditions aren't ideal for batting. The team batting second will find run-scoring difficult. India will certainly look to bat first. West Indies might go for batting second in the hope of restricting India's top-order.
Team India has grown from strength to strength and has blossomed into a strong all-round team in this series. They have now beaten West Indies women in 6 consecutive games (including the last 2 ODIs that was played before the T20I series). It will be difficult to stop India Women in the 5th match as they would be determined to make it 5-0. India has a solid batting order that bats deep and a bowling unit that has enough variety and skill to choke the opposition.
West Indies Women did show some good fight in the last game. they are likely to put up a good show in the final match as they would be desperate to avoid a whitewash at home. However, India Women look too strong at the moment. West Indies have had no answers to their spin bowling department and will again struggle against them on a slow pitch.
Thus, India Women should produce another solid all-round show and end the series with a 5-0 scoreline.
India Women to win this game!
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