The ninth match of the 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier will be played on October 24 between Canada and the USA at Reforma Athletic Club, Naucalpan, Mexico. While Canada have won two out of their four matches, the USA have been invincible so far in the tournament. This will be their second meeting in the competition, with the USA having won the first one comprehensively by 10 wickets.
Canada: Kamna Mirchandani (c), Divya Saxena (vc), Hala Azmat, Mukhwinder Gill, Kate Gray, Mahrukh Imtiaz, Krima Kapadia, Miriyam Khokhar, Jasmina Oldham, Achini Perera, Hiba Shamshad, Sonali Vig, Sana Zafar, Saniyah Zia
United States: Sindhu Sriharsha (c), Shebani Bhaskar (vc), Gargi Bhogle, Holly Charles, Moksha Chaudhary, Sara Farooq, Uzma Iftikhar, Geetika Kodali, Anika Kolan, Laasya Mullapudi, Tara Norris, Chetnaa Prasad, Akshatha Rao, Suhani Thadani, Isani Vaghela
Players to watch out for
The all-rounder won the player of the match in her previous outing against Argentina. With the ball, she picked up 1-13 in her four overs, bowling 16 dot balls. With the bat, the opening batter scored an unbeaten run a ball 39, hitting half a dozen boundaries. She led the run chase and helped her team achieve the target of 60 in 10.4 overs.
The right arm seamer was the pick of the bowlers for Canada in their last match against Argentina. She scalped 2-6 in her four overs, including one maiden. She bowled as many as 20 dot balls in her spell.
The left hand opening bat top scored with 26 runs off 40 balls, including two boundaries. She had a lion’s share in the team’s total of 89-6 in 20 overs. She was there till the 17th over and held the innings together.
The right-arm seamer, who opened the bowling for the United States, was the player of the match in the last game against Brazil. She picked up 3-8 in her four overs and bowled 18 dot balls.
The weather does look too bad throughout the course of the match. It is expected to be cloudy in the morning (local) and cloudy with a thunderstorm in the afternoon (local). There is 51% chance of rain in the afternoon, with 100% cloud cover. The temperatures are in the range of 19 to 21 degrees Celsius.
This being the ninth match of the tournament at the venue, the wicket might play slower. While seamers have been more successful in the competition, it is possible that spinners will perform better. Teams batting first have won three out of eight matches, while teams batting second have won five. The average first innings score has been 74 and the average second innings score has been 53.
Date: October 24, 2021
Time: 8.30pm IST
Venue: Reforma Athletic Club, Naucalpan, Mexico
Live streaming: Fancode
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