The ongoing 02 edition of the FairBreak Invitational is at its business end and the 2nd Semi-Final fixture will see Barmy Army play Falcons at the Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong on the 15th of April, at 11:45 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
With a win each under their belt against the other, Barmy Army and Falcons will take the field for what’s a decider in more ways than one. On the league games points table, Barmy Army is seeded 2nd with 4 wins and a defeat and the Falcons follow next with 3 wins and a couple of losses against their name.
Barmy Army – Lauren Winfield-Hill (C), Rumana Ahmed, Shemaine Campbelle, Laura Cardoso, Rubina Chhetry, Deandra Dottin, Kavisha Egodage, Keenu Gill, Roberta Moretti Avery, Tara Norris, Iqra Sahar, Fatima Sana, Nigar Sultana, Ruchitha Venkatesh, Laura Wolvaardt
Falcons – Suzie Bates (C), Jahanara Alam, Kaia Arua, Chamari Athapaththu, Mas Elysa, Christina Gough, Anju Gurung, Mariko Hill, Marizanne Kapp, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Marina Lamplough, Theertha Satish, Gunjan Shukla, Sornnarin Tippoch, Danni Wyatt
Players to watch out:
The 31-year-old all-rounder from Bangladesh in national colors in 84 matches has got to 854 runs and has bagged 75 wickets. Only recently in the tournament, Rumana registered her best with the bat with a fine 37 and with the ball has produced figures of 2/21, 3/23, and 1/26.
The 24-year-old left-arm pacer from the United States of America in 5 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) has struck 4 wickets, and in the ongoing FairBreak edition, while Norris has produced figures of 2/34, 1/29, 1/31, 2/39, and 1/25 with the ball, she’s been a bonus with the bat having had a couple of good outings with scores of 17*.
The 18-year-old keeper-batter from the United Arab Emirates in 31 T20I innings has scored 823 runs at an average of 35.78. Theertha at the 02 FairBreak has had a good run with scores of 57, 45, and 21* and would want to carry on the momentum to the playoffs and finish off on a high.
The 36-year-old all-rounder from Thailand in 60 matches has scored 335 runs and bagged 47 wickets. Sornnarin in her FairBreak outings with the ball has produced figures of 3/13, 0/40, 2/11, and 3/34, and wasn’t required a lot with the bat.
Batters and bowlers are at gain at the Kowloon Cricket Club with the pitch being an evenly balanced one. While the track this year around has got runs in it, the bowlers remain to have their noses ahead as the 22 yards provide assistance to both spinners and pacers.
It could well be a pleasant day only if the rain stays away as the temperature is expected to hover around 25°C but the skies are mostly cloudy and the humidity is forecasted at 76%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Lauren Winfield-Hill, Shemaine Campbelle, Theertha Satish, Laura Wolvaardt, Danni Wyatt, Suzie Bates, Kavisha Egodage, Chamari Athapaththu, Marizanne Kapp, Rumana Ahmed, Tara Norris
Date – 15th April 2023
Time – 11:45 AM IST
Venue – Kowloon Cricket Club
Broadcast – In India, the tournament will be telecasted on Sony Sports and will be live-streamed on the FanCode app and website.