West Indies take on Bangladesh in Women’s World T20
Chennai : Their campaign off to a positive start after a hard-fought win over Pakistan, West Indies will look to continue the good run in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 when they take on a struggling Bangladesh in a Group B match here tomorrow.
West Indies rallied to eke out a narrow four-run win over Pakistan in their World T20 opener and they would to look produce a better performance against Bangladesh, who are smarting from consecutive losses against India and England.
On paper, West Indies are the hot favourites against minnows Bangladesh, who qualified for this World T20 like Ireland in the tournament at Thailand last year. However, the Caribbean side has a few issues to sort out.
Skipper Stafanie Taylor was only bright spot in West Indies’ batting during their last match against Pakistan as they could muster only 103-8 and they will have to address their batting woes ahead of the bigger clashes — England (March 24 at Dharamsala) and India (March 27 at Mohali) — which awaits them in the tournament.
The Caribbean side boast off as a balanced side with experience and youth. Captain Stafanie Taylor has been the highest run-getter for them for the last five years and had also become the first West Indian woman to surpass the 2000 mark in this format.
Similarly, off-spinner Anisa Mohammed have carried the bowling attack on her shoulders. The 27-year-old’s haul of 3 for 25 against Pakistan on Wednesday helped her to cross the 100 wickets mark.
Besides these two, Shaquana Quintyne, Devendra Dottin, Stacy Ann King and Merissa Agilleira are capable of stitching useful partnerships.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have lost both their matches to India and England, the top two teams in fray, after their batting failed to produce the fireworks.
Bangladesh have a couple of good batswomen in openers Shamin Akhtar, Captain Ayashe Rahman, Rumana Ahmed and Nigar Sultana but they need to combine well to put up sizeable stands.
Spinners Fahima Khatun and Rumana Ahmed could be their main strike bowlers considering the slowness of the wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here. Both the spinners have been among wickets during the last two matches and will look to continue their good work tomorrow.