The ‘A’-sides of Bangladesh and Pakistan will lock horns in Semi-Final 2 of the ongoing inaugural edition of the Women’s Twenty20 (T20) Emerging Asia Cup Tournament. The game is scheduled to be played at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground, Hong Kong, on the 19th of June, 2023, at 11:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
With rain playing spoilsport in their last couple of matches, both teams advanced to the Semi-Final on the back of respective wins in the season opener. Bangladesh enjoyed a commanding 97-run victory over Malaysia, while Pakistan clinched a close 9-run win against Nepal.
Bangladesh A – Lata Mondal (C), Sobhana Mostary (VC), Dilara Akter, Marufa Akter, Nahida Akter, Shorna Akter, Disha Biswas, Sumaiya Akter, Rabeya Khan, Murshida Khatun, Sultana Khatun, Sanjida Akter Meghla, Shathi Rana, Fariha Trisna
Pakistan A – Fatima Sana (C), Najiha Alvi, Yusra Amir, Lubna Behram, Eyman Fatima, Gull Feroza, Gulrukh, Tuba Hassan, Anoosha Nasir, Natalia Parvaiz, Syeda Aroob Shah, Sadaf Shamas, Umm-e-Hani, Shawaal Zulfiqar
Players to watch out:
The 23-year-old opening batter in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), in 32 innings has scored 565 runs, including the highest of 77*. Murshida got her campaign underway on a high registering a brilliantly 57* against Malaysia.
The 18-year-old spin all-rounder in 6 T20Is has struck 8 wickets, while has scored just 12 runs. Rabeya had a brilliant start to her campaign scoring an unbeaten 15* and producing bowling figures of 2/7 (3).
Syeda Aroob Shah
The 19-year-old all-rounder has represented the Pakistan women’s team at both junior and senior international levels. In the opener, Syeda departed for a duck, while excelling with the ball producing figures of 2/16 (4).
The 22-year-old leg-spinner in T20Is, in 19 bowling innings has struck 17 wickets, while has been handy scoring 30 runs in 5 outings. Tuba had a brilliant opener contributing 9 with the bat and registering bowling figures of 2/23.
The 22-yard strip at the venue, pleases the bowlers, particularly the spinners. The spin-friendly conditions result in an average score in the 70s, requiring batters to exhibit discipline to get to a competitive total.
Scattered thunderstorms on the radar pose no threat to the game as showers are forecasted to stay away during match hours. The temperature is forecast to hover around 30°C, with moderate winds and humidity at 78%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Gull Feroza, Sumaiya Akter, Murshida Khatun, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Fatima Sana, Syeda Aroob Shah, Rabeya Khan, Anoosha Nasir, Sultana Khatun, Tuba Hassan, Marufa Akter
Date – June 19, 2023
Time – 11:00 AM IST
Venue – Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground, Hong Kong
Broadcast – All games of the tournament will be live-streamed on the FanCode app and website.