The first semi-final of the 2022 ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Women’s T20 Championship will be played on June 24 between Nepal and UAE at the Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nepal and UAE have played three T20Is against each other out of which Nepal have won two and UAE have won one.
Nepal: Rubina Chhetry (c), Indu Barma (vc), Apsari Begam, Dolly Bhatta, Mamta Chaudhary, Kabita Joshi, Asmina Karmacharya, Kabita Kunwar, Sita Rana Magar, Jyoti Pandey (wk), Sabnam Rai, Sangita Rai, Bindu Rawal, Kajal Shrestha (wk), Manisha Upadhyaya
UAE: Chaya Mughal (c), Samaira Dharnidharka, Kavisha Egodage, Siya Gokhale, Priyanjali Jain, Lavanya Keny, Suraksha Kotte, Vaishnave Mahesh, Indhuja Nandakumar, Esha Oza, Rithika Rajith, Theertha Satish, Khushi Sharma, Sanchin Singh
Players to watch
The captain of Nepal top scored in her last appearance against Hong Kong. The right-handed middle order batter mustered an unbeaten 32 off 36 balls, including four boundaries. She held the innings together as she was out in the middle from the ninth over of the match till the end. Apart from her batting, she bowled her full quota of four overs and conceded 21 runs.
The right arm off spinner from Nepal was the most successful bowler against Hong Kong in her last match. She scalped 20/2 in two overs. Out of the three wickets that were picked by Nepal, Rai accounted for two of them. She bowled well in the middle phase of the innings.
The right-handed opening batter of UAE smashed 115 runs off 67 balls in her last outing against Qatar. She hammered 18 boundaries and three sixes in her innings. In the process, she stitched a 174-run opening partnership with her partner Theertha Satish.
The right arm off spinner from UAE was the pick of the bowlers in her last match against Qatar. The wily spinner claimed 11/4 in four overs. She bowled well in the middle overs and in the death overs.
The last match that was played here yesterday was a lopsided contest. 275 runs were scored during the match and only eight wickets fell in the process. The team batting first won the match after posting 214 runs in 20 overs. While the wicket looks good for batting, the bowlers can exploit the cloudy conditions to their benefit.
The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy with a thunderstorm in spots in the morning followed by occasional rain and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. The average temperature will be around 30 degrees Celsius. As per the forecast, there is 70 percent chance of rain and 92 percent cloud cover. The wind will blow from the south-southwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Theertha Satish, Kavisha Egodage, Bindu Rawal, Mamta Chaudhary, Esha Oza, Chaya Mughal, Sita Rana Magar, Rubina Chhetry, Sangita Rai, Suraksha Kotte, Ashmina Karmacharya
Date: June 24, 2022
Time: 8AM IST
Venue: Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Live streaming: Female Cricket YouTube channel