The second semi-final of the Women’s Asia Cup T20 2022 will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on October 13 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. The game will begin at 1 PM IST.
Going into the semi-finals, Pakistan has won five out of their six matches, and Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has won four out of their six games. When the two sides met in the league stage, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played 17 T20Is against each other, out of which Pakistan has won 10, Sri Lanka has won six, and one match did not produce a result.
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (C), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (WK), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Tuba Hassan
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Madushika Methtananda, Kaushani Nuthyanga, Hasini Perera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Tharika Sewwandi, Malsha Shehani, Rashmi Silva.
Players to watch
The talented all-rounder from Pakistan is one of the leading wicket-takers in this competition, with 10 wickets in six matches. The right-arm off-spinner has bagged a five-wicket haul. Interestingly, she struck with a fifer against Sri Lanka in her last fixture. Apart from her bowling, she is a handy right-handed middle-order batter.
The right-handed opening batter of Pakistan has been the pillar of her team’s batting in this tournament. She is the most successful batter for Pakistan, with 149 runs in six games. A healthy average of 30 and a decent strike rate of 96 make her a player to watch out for.
The attacking left-arm spinner of Sri Lanka is one of the most successful bowlers in this competition so far, with 10 wickets in six outings. She has accounted for one four-wicket haul. Her bowling spells have been the epitome of consistency with lines and lengths.
The left-handed opening batter of Sri Lanka is the highest run-scorer for her team and second highest overall in this tournament with 166 runs in six matches, at an average of 28 and strike rate of 96. She has registered the best score of 81 and has provided steady starts to Sri Lanka in this competition.
The venue hosted 20 full matches in this tournament before the semi-finals. The teams batting first won 13, and the teams batting second won seven. With dark clouds expected to loom through the day, the captain winning the toss may look to bowl first. The bowlers may get some assistance due to the cloudy conditions. The pitch has also undergone a lot of wear and tear and may be sluggish.
The weather is expected to see plenty of morning clouds, then times of clouds and sun in the afternoon. A thunderstorm could be on the cards. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 30 degrees Celsius. There will be a 63 percent cloud cover and an 80 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the southeast.
Fantasy Playing XI
Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Kavisha Dilhari, Chamari Athapaththu, Inoka Ranaweera, Tuba Hassan, Oshadi Ranasinghe
Date: October 13, 2022
Time: 1 PM IST
Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Live streaming: Star Sports Network
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.