The ongoing 8th edition of the Women’s T20 Asia Cup has marked its return after a few years of absences’. The tournament is now at its business end and with teams eying qualification for the knockouts, the race is heated up. Match no. 18 will see Sri Lanka play Bangladesh at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium at 8:30 AM IST.
In the format, the two sides, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played the other on 9 occasions and the record sees Sri Lanka with 5 wins, holding a match win lead to Bangladesh’s 4.
Sri Lanka – Chamari Athapaththu (C), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Kaveesha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (WK), Kaushani Nuthyangana, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Malsha Shehani, Madushika Meththananda, Inoka Ranaweera, Rashmi Silva, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya and Tharika Sewwandi
Bangladesh – Nigar Sultana (C), Rumana Ahmed, Nahida Akter, Shohely Akhter, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Salma Khatun, Sanjida Akter Meghla, Lata Mondal, Ritu Moni, Sobhana Mostary, Shamima Sultana (WK), Fariha Trisna
Players to watch :
The 23-year-old opener, in 21 innings has scored 497 runs and has got the highest score of 77* to her name. In the recently concluded, T20 World Cup Qualifier in Abu Dhabi, she was in fine form and brought forward the same to the Asia Cup games in the couple of opportunities she’s got so far.
The 24-year-old opener, in 27 innings, has scored 453 and her highest score of 81 had come in the ongoing Asia Cup tournament against Thailand. It was after she failed to convert a few starts, that she put on a fine and her good form sees her 2nd on the list of most run-getter with 147 runs to her name off 4 innings.
The experienced 31-year-old, leg-break bowler has picked up 72 wickets in 77 innings and with the bat has scored 810 runs in 68 innings. She hasn’t been able to make contributions with the bat, but Rumana the bowler is in good form as she’s registered figures of 3/9, 0/7, 2/1 and 3/27.
The veteran 36-year-old has picked up 60 wickets in 58 innings with the best figures of 3/9 and in the tournament alone, she’d not started well against India having registered figures of 0/34, but made a strong comeback with figures of 2/7, 1/19 and 2/8.
The 22 dry yards at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium please the spinners and pacers with variations can look to extract enough from the surface. The batters ideally should look to spend some time in the middle and then opt to switch gears in wanting to play aggressive cricket. With that said, a target around the 145 mark should bring to us a good competitive game.
If the rain gods don’t stay kind in keeping the rain away, the day could possibly turn out to be a disappointing one as the radar has rains forecasted from early morning hours till early in the evening and the temperature hovers around the late 20s and early 30s.
Fantasy Playing XI :
Harshitha Madavi, Fargana Hoque, Murshida Khatun, Nigar Sultana, Nilakshi de Silva, Rumana Ahmed, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Salma Khatun, Inoka Ranaweera, Malsha Shehani, Shanjida Akter
Match details :
Date – 10-Oct-2022
Time – 8:30 AM IST
Venue – Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Live streaming – The game will be televised live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD and digitally can be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar.