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|Nilakshi de Silva||12||9||0||1||133.33|
|Khadija Tul Kubra||4.0||0||15||1||3.75|
|Khadija Tul Kubra||4||4||0||0||100.00|
|Nilakshi de Silva||0.1||0||4||0||24.00|
The Sri Lankan and the Bangladeshi women get ready to take on each other in a match which could well determine the team that finishes last in Group A. Both sides have yet to win a match in the tournament, although Sri Lanka gained a point by virtue of a washout.
In the matches that they have played neither Sri Lanka nor Bangladesh has been particularly impressive. These are evenly matched sides which actually know each other quite well. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh women faced off in the Asia Cup earlier as well.
While Bangladesh lost that encounter against Sri Lanka, it would have fond memories of the tournament having won the title by defeating India.
Sri Lanka got its first opportunity to play some cricket in the tournament after washing their match against England get washed away. That point is not something that the Sri Lankans would be grudging, though, because very few of its own supporters thought it was going to get anything from the match against England.
Sri Lanka is a part of Group A which also has South Africa, England, and the West Indies apart from Bangladesh. A look at these matchups makes it quite clear that this match against Bangladesh is the one that Sri Lanka will fancy itself to win.
It is not going to be easy, however. We don’t think there is much difference between the Sri Lankan women’s team and the Bangladesh women’s side.
The Sri Lankan batting will be led by Mendis and Jayangani at the top of the order. These two are quite capable of getting the side off to a fast start and will have to learn from their failure against South Africa. As the skipper, Jayangani has to take more responsibility and try to pace her inning better.
Perera and Siriwardene follow these two batters and they are quite decent players as well. They are not the most comfortable against pace and looked a bit out of sorts against South Africa but Bangladesh is not going to come at them with much pace at all.
Siriwardene managed to spend some time in the middle in the last match and get her team to a decent total.
There is not much batting left after the top-4. A few early wickets will have a devastating effect on Sri Lanka’s chances. Surangika managed to get away some innovative boundaries in the last match but her methods were not screaming of consistency and if she has to contribute with the bat in every match then the Sri Lankan women are in serious trouble.
Yasoda Mendis, Chamari Atapattu, Hasini Perera, Shashikala Siriwardene, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Nilakshi de Silva, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Dilani Manodara, Sripali Weerakkody, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Udeshika Prabodhani.
After a horrific batting display where the Bangladeshi women scored just 46 against the West Indies, the performance against England was not that much better. After having chosen to bat, the Bangladeshi women could get only 76 runs in their 20 overs.
Three out of their top-4 batters scored a duck and only two batters from their top-7 were able to find the boundary. It was a batting display that was amateurish and showed the work that Bangladesh needs to do in order to become a force in women’s cricket.
Ayasha Rahman was the only woman to show some batting skills. She scored 39 runs, just over half of Bangladesh’s total score, and hit three sixes as well. It was the only display of intent from a batting side that seemed keen on just playing out the twenty overs.
While it would seem that the Bangladeshi women may not have enough exposure in facing high-quality fast bowling, it was the left-arm spin of Gordon than did most of the damage.
If Bangladesh has to have any ambitions of trying to beat Sri Lanka then it needs to find a couple of batters capable of scoring runs from somewhere.
While the problems in its batting department are clear for everyone to see, the Bangladeshi bowling has been much better. The side did very well to keep the West Indies down to 106 and then struck some early bowls against England as well.
This is the area where we believe that Bangladesh can match and even outdo Sri Lanka. Bowlers like Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, and Khadija Tul Kubra are all decent bowlers.
The bowling attack is going to be heavily reliant on spin, something that the Sri Lankans are used to, but that should not deter the Bangladeshi’s from playing to their strengths.
Fielding is also going to be a very important factor in this close encounter. We believe that the eventual margin of victory is going to be small enough to be influenced by small mistakes in the field.
Shamima Sultana, Ayasha Rahman, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, Khadija Tul Kubra.
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The weather forecast in Gros Islet, St. Lucia is a bit better than what it was for the last week and that is encouraging. There is still some rain around, though, and that means we could have an interrupted game with some loss of overs.
The pitch in St. Lucia played pretty well over the course of the last few matches. There was some bounce and help for the seamers under the lights. The batters were also able to get good value for their shots despite the outfield being bombarded with torrential rain.
We expect a low scoring match with a score of around 130 being very difficult to chase down.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have met each other four times in the past. The two most recent encounters have been won by Sri Lanka while the first two were won by Bangladesh. As the Asia Cup champions, Bangladesh would expect to win this game and show that their title victory was no fluke.
We are, however, backing Sri Lanka to come through and win this game because they have a slightly more dependable batting unit.
Back Sri Lanka to win.
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