Semi-Final 1 of the ongoing 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier will feature a contest between the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. The game is scheduled for 7:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) on the 8th of September, 2023, at the YSD-UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi.
Hong Kong secured their semifinal spot with three wins in four games, while the UAE stands undefeated, winning four out of their five matches. The clash between these two teams promises to be an exciting contest in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier semifinal.
United Arab Emirates – Chaya Mughal (C), Esha Oza (VC), Samaira Dharnidharka, Kavisha Egodage, Siya Gokhale, Al Maseera Jahangir, Lavanya Keny, Suraksha Kotte, Vaishnave Mahesh, Indhuja Nandakumar, Avanee Patil, Rinitha Rajith, Theertha Satish (WK), Khushi Sharma
Hong Kong – Kary Chan (C), Natasha Miles (VC), Maryam Bibi, Betty Chan, Shing Chan, Hiu Ying Cheung (WK), Yasmin Daswani (WK), Mariko Hill, Marina Lamplough, Alison Siu, Iqra Sahar, Shanzeen Shahzad (WK), Pull To, Ruchitha Venkatesh
Players to watch out:
The 20-year-old all-rounder, in her 56 Twenty20 International (T20I) batting innings, has amassed 1345 runs and has scalped 17 wickets in 24 outings. Kavisha’s performance in the tournament has been noteworthy, with her highest score being 40. While she hasn’t taken many wickets, her bowling has been economical, recording figures of 1/6 (3), 1/18 (3), 0/1 (1), and 0/8 (2).
The 37-year-old all-rounder, in T20Is, has accumulated 586 runs in 50 batting outings and has taken 43 wickets in 58 innings with the ball. Chaya has had a brilliant run with the ball in this tournament, registering figures of 3/8 (4), 2/10 (4), 1/6 (2), and 0/3 (2). However, she hasn’t quite clicked with the bat, departing with scores of 0 and 4 in 2 outings.
The 27-year-old all-rounder, with 47 T20I appearances, has amassed 879 runs and picked up 32 wickets, including respective bests of 76 and 3/14. Mariko began her campaign with a 33*, followed by scores of 22, 5, and 17. She has been equally effective with the ball, producing figures of 0/10 (3), 2/11 (4), 1/9 (3), and 0/25 (3).
The 26-year-old left-arm leg-spinner, in 49 T20Is, has struck 57 wickets and accumulated 724 runs. Kary Chan began her campaign with figures of 2/9 and followed it up with 2/19 before rewriting her career-best to 5/4 against Kuwait. She went wicketless against Thailand in her most recent outing; however, she was economical, finishing with figures of 0/24 (4).
The wicket at the UKM-YSD Cricket Oval in Bangi, Malaysia heavily favors the bowlers, particularly the pacers, who receive ample assistance from the 22-yard strip. Batters have found it challenging to score freely on this wicket making a target of around 110 runs competitive.
With thundershowers expected throughout the day, including during the match hours, there is a possibility of the game being abandoned if the skies do not clear. The temperature is forecasted to be around 30°C, with light winds and a humidity level of 80%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Theertha Satish, Kavisha Egodage, Natasha Miles, Kary Chan, Esha Oza, Chaya Mughal, Mariko Hill, Betty Chan, Vaishnave Mahesh, Maryam Bibi, Suraksha Kotte
Date – September 8, 2023
Time – 7:00 AM IST
Venue – YSD-UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Broadcast – All games of the tournament will be live-streamed on ICC.TV and the FanCode app and website.