The customary official warm-up matches in the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 have shown quite clearly that spin and pace off the ball will be the key weapons for all the team’s during the tournament proper.
It will be crucial for the batters, who spend some time in the middle, to carry the onus to score the most of the runs for all the team’s as well. The sub-continent team’s will bank largely on their slow bowlers to keep their opponents scoring in check.
The tracks in the West Indies are on the slower side and players who contribute with both bat and ball will be the key to their respective team’s success in the tournament.
Top players to watch out for from each nations:
Australia: Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt, Elysse Perry, Sophie Molieneux, Asleigh Gardner
Bangladesh: Rumana Ahmed, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akhter
England: Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole
India: Harmanpreet Kaur, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana
Ireland: Lucy O’Riley, Clare Shillington, Kim Garth, Lara Maritz, Laura Delaney
New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Leigh Kaperek, Maddy Green, Amy Sattherwaite, Sophie Devine
Pakistan: Javeria Khan, Umaima Sohail, Anam Amin, Nida Dar, Sana Mir
South Africa: Dane van Neikerk, Chloe Tryon, Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu, Shashikala Siriwardene, Udeshika Prabodani, Ama Kanchana, Sripali Weerakkody
West Indies: Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Deandra Dottin
Australia 130/4 in 20 overs (Meg Lanning 65 n.o, Rachael Haynes 29 n.o, Beth Mooney 20, Shabnim Ismail 2/19) beat South Africa 84/9 in 20 overs (Chloe Tryon 14, Jess Jonassen 3/11, Tayla Vlaeminck 2/10, Nicola Carey 2/12) by 46 runs
Pakistan 106/7 in 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 22, Javeria Khan 21, Salma Khatun 2/19, Khadiza-Tul Kubra 2/18) beat Bangladesh 98/9 in 20 overs (Fargana Hoque 28, Bismah Maroof 2/12, Aiman Anwar 2/13, Sana Mir 2/14) by 8 runs
West Indies 115/8 in 20 overs (Hayley Matthews 47, Radha Yadav 2/13, Poonam Yadav 2/17) lost to India 75/5 in 12 overs (Smriti Mandhana 32, Deandra Dottin 3/12) by 5 wickets (DLS)
Sri Lanka 98 all out in 20 overs (Shashikala Siriwardana 30, Amelia Kerr 4/13, Jess Watkin 2/15) lost to New Zealand 99/4 in 18 overs (Maddy Green 36 retired, Suzie Bates 34, Udeshika Prabodani 1/8, Shashikala Siriwardana 1/19) by 6 wickets
Ireland 83/7 in 20 overs (Kim Garth 34, Rumana Ahmed 3/9, Jahanara Alam 2/11) lost to Bangladesh 86/4 in 14.4 overs (Ayasha Rahman 25, Fargana Hoque 21 n.o, Sanjida Islam 20 n.o, Kim Garth 3/4) by 6 wickets
Pakistan 162/5 in 20 overs (Ayesha Zafar 46, Umaima Sohail 30, Nahida Khan 27, Aliya Riaz 27 not out, Sune Luus 2/25) beat South Africa 72 all out in 15.1 overs (Marizanne Kapp 29, Sune Luus 23, Nida Dar 2/7, Anam Amin 2/11, Sana Mir 2/13) by 90 runs
Ground Conditions (Information courtesy ICC):
Match#1: India Women vs New Zealand Women
Match#2: Australia Women vs Pakistan Women
Match#3: West Indies Women vs Bangladesh Women