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WINDIES WOMEN VS ENGLAND WOMEN: MATCH PREVIEW, ICC WOMEN’S WORLD T20

WINDIES WOMEN VS ENGLAND WOMEN: MATCH PREVIEW, ICC WOMEN’S WORLD T20



Match Details


Windies Women vs England Women, 19th Match, Group A, ICC Women's World T20

November 19, 2018, 1:30 AM IST

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia

Venue

This is the penultimate game at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia and the results here have been very indifferent. While most of the games has seen some very low scores, the Windies racked up 187 in their last game against Sri Lanka at this venue. However, most of the games here have been won by the teams batting first. Thus, expect the team winning the toss to bat first.

The weather is expected to hold good as well. Hence, we should be in for a close encounter.


Preview


Both the Windies and England have been unbeaten in the tournament so far and this game is a direct shootout for the top spot in Group A.

The Windies have found different players stepping up in different games, especially with the bat. Hayley Matthews, Stefanie Taylor, Kycia Knight and Deandra Dottin have all stepped up at differentjunctures. Windies seem to be a well-oiled machine and a stern England test before the semi-fmal should hold them in good stead.

Meanwhile, England have been very convincing in their two victories. They bowled first on both occasions and were clinical with the ball, restricting the opposition to a score under 100. However, the batters will hope for a decent outing in their last group stage encounter.

Windies

Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Stefanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle, Kycia Knight (wk), Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell
Possible Changes Anisa Mohammed could come in for Britney Cooper

England

Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Lauren Winfield, Anya Shrubsole, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Linsey Smith, Kirstie Gordon

Possible Changes England might go in with the same XI

WK

Kycia Knight has been really good for the Windies in this tournament. She has scored a couple of 303 and has also done well behind the stumps. She didn't make an impact with the bat in the last game against Sri Lanka but she was excellent behind the stumps as she pouched four catches in the innings.

BAT

Though most of the England batters haven't had a proper hit out in the middle, openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont have still managed to get some runs under their belt. While the former is in good touch, Beaumont has constantly got starts but she’s failed to convert them.

England skipper Heather Knight has also done well in the recent past. On the other hand, Natasha McLean has constantly got starts and she will be hoping she can get a big score ahead of the big semi-fmal.

ALLROUNDERS

Natalie Sciver and Stafanie Taylor are premier allrounders fortheirteams and have been in excellent form in this tournament. While Taylor has excelled with both bat and ball, Sciver has been excellent with the ball (she hasn’t got a big opportunity with the bat).

Alternatives: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews

BOWL

Kirstie Gordon who made her international debut in this World T20 has been England's standout bowler so far in this tournament. England's 2017 World Cup final star Anya Shrubsole picked up a hat-trick in their last game and looks in good rhythm.

Shakera Selman and Afy Fletcher might not have hogged the headlines but they've made some quiet and useful contributions.

Alternative: Shamilia Come for Afy Fletcher

Captain: Natalie Sciver

Vice-captain: Stafanie Taylor

Player to watch out for: Kirstie Gordon

The 21-year-old left-arm spinner has been England's best bowler in this tournament. She has picked up 5 wickets in 2 games at an average of 6.80 and has an economy of 4.25. On these slow, low tracks she is going to continue to be a crucial part of this team.

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