Japan and Tanzania will face off in match no. 3 of the ongoing 2023 Hong Kong Women’s Twenty20 (T20) Quadrangular series. The game is scheduled for the 16th of November, 2023, at Hong Kong Cricket Club, Wong Nai Chung Gap, at 7:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Japan – Ahilya Chandel, Ayumi Fujikawa, Kiyo Fujikawa, Hinase Goto, Palak Gundecha, Ruan Kanai, Elena Kusuda-Nairn, Akari Nishimura, Meg Ogawa, Shrunali Ranade, Seika Sumi, Erika Toguchi-Quinn, Mai Yanagida (C), Nonoha Yasumoto
Tanzania – Hudaa Omary, Monica Iddi, Saum Mtae, Aisha Mohamed, Saum Borakambi, Neema Pius, Fatuma Kibasu (C), Mwanamvua Ushanga, Sheila Kizito, Shufaa Mohamed, Mwajabu Salumu, Saumu Hussen, Sophia Frank, Perice Kamunya
Players to watch out:
The 18-year-old, in T20 Internationals (T20Is), has accumulated 43 runs from 10 outings and remains wicketless after 3 bowling outings. Hinase departed for a duck in the series opener, but the opening batter should be backed to spend time in the middle and regain form anchoring the innings.
The 18-year-old pacer has picked up 11 T20I wickets from as many bowling outings and has produced the best of 4/11. Nonoha is a very promising pacer and has had a fine start to the series, returning figures of 0/15 (2) in the opener. The team will rely on Nonoha to strike early and set the tone.
The 21-year-old all-rounder, in 30 T20I appearances, has amassed 469 runs, including the highest of 47*, at an average of 21.31. Continuing her impressive form from the Tanzania Women’s Premier League (TWPL), where she scored 201 runs and struck 8 wickets from 10 games, she kicked off her international season with a 25, and a lot more can be expected of the all-rounder.
The 20-year-old pacer has claimed 24 wickets at an average of 6.83 and an economy rate of 3.78 from just 13 outings. Sophia had a forgetful run in the TWPL, bagging only 4 wickets in 9 games. However, come the international season and in her first outing against Nepal, she set the right tune, producing figures of 3/3 (2.5). She also is a handy contributor with the bat, and Tanzania will want her to capitalize on this momentum.
The center wicket at the Hong Kong Cricket Club heavily favors the spinners, creating ideal conditions for bowling, as evident from the average score in the 90s. However, batters with good tactical skills and shot selection can still score runs effectively.
Despite cloudy overhead, the chances of rain are minimal, and the forecast promises a complete game of cricket at Hong Kong Cricket Club. The temperature is forecasted to hover around 21°C, with moderate winds and humidity at 62%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Shufaa Mohamed, Saum Mtae, Hudaa Omary, Fatuma Kibasu, Ahilya Chandel, Perice Kamunya, Neema Pius, Sophia Frank, Aisha Mohamed, Mwanamvua Ushanga, Nonoha Yasumoto
Date – November 16, 2023
Time – 7:00 AM IST
Venue – Hong Kong Cricket Club, Wong Nai Chung Gap
Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on FanCode and Cricket Hong Kong’s Facebook page.