About the Match
The ICC Women’s World Cup is heating up and heading towards the business end of things as teams try and confirm their places in the knockout stages. Unfortunately, the West Indies (most likely) and Pakistan will not be among those teams. It is a scrap between two of the weakest teams in the competition and an effort to avoid the absolute bottom of the barrel.
The West Indian women finally registered their first win of the tournament against Sri Lanka who remains winless still. They will have another opportunity to register a win against possibly the weakest team in this competition, Pakistan, although the match could be closer than one thinks.
There are a number of reasons that can be pinpointed to the struggle that the West Indies have faced after they spectacularly won the WorldT20 one year back. The West Indian batting has been absolutely atrocious with only Mathews and Nation totaling over 100 runs in the competition till now.
None of their batters have scored a fifty and the highest strike rate in their team is a poor 76.28 for Dottin.
With no run scoring going on so as to speak, the West Indian bowlers have also had no chance to leave an impact on the game.
Stephanie Taylor and Anisa Mohammad have been the best bowlers for West Indies but wicket taking has been a real task for the West Indian team in general.
The win again Sri Lanka will help the West Indies gain some confidence ahead of Pakistan although the West Indians might want to work on rotating the strike more against the spin ahead of this match.
The Pakistan women’s team has looked a run below every other team in the competition. The main reason for this has been their batting. Only two batters have scored over a 100 run in the competition, however, more crucially, only three batters have scored more than 60 runs.
Even after good bowling performances like the one against India, the Pakistani batters are unable to finish off the job or provide any sort of resistance to the opposition.
Sana Mir has led the way scoring 139 runs and Nahda Khan with 123 runs has been good as well but there is an absolute abyss thereafter.
A lot more positive exist on the bowling side for Pakistan as Sadia Yousuf, Nashra Sandhu, Sana Mir and Asmavia Iqbal have all combined to form a potent bowling attack. They have been accurate, kept the run scoring down and bowled wicket taking deliveries at regular intervals.
Against West Indies, which is a weak batting attack and not the best against spin, Pakistan has another chance to roll the opposition over cheaply.
Pitch and Conditions
This summer has been unusually dry in England and that has led to more turning surfaces cropping up around the country. Grace Road has usually provided for even surfaces which offer some slow turn traditionally and this could be an advantage for the Pakistani bowlers.
The conditions are expected to be dry with a few clouds around.
Two weak teams with weak, out of form batting lineup are taking on each other. We are inclined to back the better bowling side, Pakistan. Back Pakistan to win for the upset