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The defending champions in T20 cricket, the West Indies women are preparing to begin their title defense against the Bangladesh women. There are a lot of expectations from the West Indies as they have a formidable record while playing at home. They have also tasted a lot of success against their other competitors in the same group and would back themselves of getting through to the knockouts.
The Bangladeshi women do not have a T20 record that raises hopes but we believe this could be the one side to be able to provide a few upsets in this tournament. The Bangladeshi women are the reigning Asia Cup champions having beaten teams like India and Pakistan to get that crown.
The home side will go into this match as firm favorites but this is far from a settled affair in our opinion.
The Windies women are being led by Stefanie Taylor, currently ranked as the second-best batter in this format of the game. Taylor is an experienced captain and will be one of the key figures for the Windies in this match and the entire tournament to follow.
The strength of this West Indies side is its batting. There is plenty of skill, power, and experience which makes for a formidable combination. Add home conditions and crowd support to that and you have a very potent mix for backing the Windies in this competition.
Along with Taylor, Hayley Matthews, and Deandra Dottin are going to be key figures with the bat. Matthews is just 20 years old but has been named as the vice-captain for this tournament. She scored her maiden century against South Africa recently and also scored another 70 in the same series.
The power in the middle order will come chiefly from Dottin. She is one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball in women’s cricket and can provide the boost that sides are looking for at the end. Deandra Dottin is the kind of player that can leave a lasting impact on the game in the space of just a few deliveries.
The Windies have Knight, Aguilleira, and others in the side that are very capable with the bat as well.
For the home side to be able to mount a successful defense, the bowling has to come together nicely as well. This is where the role of Anisa Mohammad, Deandra Dottin, and Shamila Connell becomes so vital as well.
The West Indies have only lost one bilateral series at home since 2009. This is a formidable record and one that should raise the hopes of the locals once again. They have, however, been starved of cricket of late and the canceled series against India did not help either.
The Windies will want to shed off any rust they may have and be at their best against Bangladesh otherwise they could be in for a rude shock.
Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Kycia Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell.
There is no doubt about the fact that Bangladesh women’s cricket has improved dramatically in the last year or so. The new coach, Anju Jain, seems to have a fond a way for the players to be able to express themselves and playing to their strengths.
Bangladesh is led by Salma Khatun, one of the most experienced players on the circuit, and a key player of the Bangladesh side. Khatun is very good when commanding the spinners but can get one dimensional in her strategy sometimes.
It will be up to the Bangladeshi support staff to provide the skipper with alternative plans to help her out.
The Bangladeshi spinners will be the most important element of the side’s campaign. Rumana Ahmed, Khadija Tul Kubra and the rest of them will be tasked with picking up wickets and keeping the opposing batters quiet.
It is not going to be easy against the Windies but the slow conditions that the teams are likely to encounter could make things interesting.
While bowling and even fielding have seen a marked improvement in the last year or so, the Bangladeshi batting remains a big concern. There is not enough power or aggression in the order to consistently set up the matches.
T20 cricket is an aggressive form of the game where waiting for the opponents to make mistakes is not likely to work. We don’t think Bangladesh has the necessary batters to be able to challenge the Windies. The best case scenario for Bangladesh would be to bat first and put up a par total which they then defend with everything they have got.
To make the semi-finals, the Bangladesh side needs to get past teams like England, West Indies, and South Africa in its group. It is not something that looks likely at the moment. Bangladesh, though, has to believe and take heart from its runs of five victories in five matches in T20 cricket at the moment.
Shamima Sultana, Ayasha Rahman, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Lata Mondal, Salma Khatun, Khadija Tul Kubra.
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There is some rain around in Providence but hopefully, we should be able to get a full game in. The pitch is going to be slow and helpful to the spinners. If anything, the slowness of the surface can actually make picking wickets difficult because the batters get time to adapt.
Dew could be a factor but a late start should help equalize things there as well.
The safe bet here is to back the Windies. They are the defending champions, have some of the best players in the world in this format on their side, and have home advantage. Bangladesh has everything against it. What Bangladesh does have is some good form coming into this tournament and some players that can possibly pull off an upset.
Back the Windies to win.
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