Papua New Guinea and Indonesia are set to face each other in match no. 20 of the ongoing 2023 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier. The match will be played at Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Port Vila, on the 8th of September, 2023, at 8:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Both Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have had a similar run in the competition, recording 4 wins in 5 games, while suffering a defeat each. With a better net run rate, Papua New Guinea holds the 2nd position, with Indonesia following closely in the 3rd seed.
Papua New Guinea – Kaia Arua (C), Sibona Jimmy (VC), Vicky Araa, Vicky Buruka, Kevau Frank, Tanya Ruma, Pauke Siaka, Brenda Tau (WK), Hane Tau, Henao Thomas, Geua Tom (WK), Isabel Toua, Initia Vagi, Naoani Vare
Indonesia – Nanda Sakarini, Andriani Andriani, Maria Corazon, Rahmawati Pangestuti, Kadek Winda Prastini, Kisi Salisa Kasse, Wesikaratna Dewi, Ni Made Suwandewi, Fitria Rada Rani, Ni Kadek Ariani, Ni Wayan Sariani (C), Lie Qiao, Mia Arda, Ni Suarniasih, Desi Wulandari, Sang Ayu
Players to watch out:
The 29-year-old batter in 37 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) has amassed 661 runs, including a high score of 88*, and has also got that maiden wicket to her name. Naoani began her campaign with a score of 5, but in the subsequent match against Cook Islands, she smashed an unbeaten 75 and has continued to contribute with scores of 23 and 20 in the following games.
The 30-year-old all-rounder has contributed with 615 runs and 40 wickets in 41 T20I appearances, including respective bests of 58* and 4/13. Sibona hasn’t been required to bat in the tournament, except for the opener, where she was dismissed for 1. She has lived up to expectations, taking 8 wickets in 3 games, and producing bowling figures of 3/19 (4), 4/16 (4), and 1/6 (3).
The 26-year-old keeper-batter, in 22 T20I outings, has accumulated 576 runs at an average of 38.40 and a strike rate of 95.20, with a highest score of 95*. Nanda has performed well in the competition, consistently scoring runs and displaying good wicket-keeping skills. She got her campaign underway with a fine 47 and has continued with scores of 24* and 22.
Ni Made Suwandewi
The 25-year-old all-rounder, in T20Is, has taken 36 wickets in 29 bowling innings, including her best performance of 5/8, and has also been a valuable contributor with the bat, chipping in with 62 runs in 8 batting outings. In this tournament, Ni Made Suwandewi hasn’t been required with the bat, but she has excelled with the ball, recording figures of 0/6 (3), 2/8 (2), 2/10 (4), and 1/10 (4).
The 22 yards at the Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Port Vila, are expected to favor the batters, however, the average score of 83 suggests there will also be enough in it for the bowlers to make an impact. In the early stages of the game, pacers are likely to benefit from movement, while spinners will play a crucial role during the middle overs.
The conditions at Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Port Vila, are forecasted to be pleasant for the game, with partly cloudy skies and a low chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be around 27°C, with moderate winds and a humidity level of 71%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Nanda Sakarini, Brenda Tau, Naoani Vare, Andriani Andriani, Ni Made Suwandewi, Sibona Jimmy, Wesikaratna Dewi, Kaia Arua, Ni Wayan Sariani, Sang Ayu, Vicky Araa
Date – September 8, 2023
Time – 8:00 AM IST
Venue – Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Port Vila
Broadcast – All games of the tournament will be live-streamed on ICC.TV and the FanCode app and website.