Central Zone vs South Zone | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI | Live streaming

It’ll be a face-off between Central and South Zone in the final match of the opening day fixtures of the Senior Women’s Inter Zonal Twenty20 (T20) Trophy. The match is scheduled to commence on the 24th of November, 2023, at 4:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Lucknow,
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Lucknow,

Squads:

Central Zone – Ekta Bisht (C), Disha Kasat, Jasia Akhtar, Kaushalya Choudhary, Nishu Chaudhary, Punam Raut, Aparna Mondal (WK), Arushi Goel, Raghvi Bist, Dayalan Hemalatha, Pooja Vastrakar, Pooja Khemnar, Sneh Rana, Tanuja Kanwar, Nikita Singh, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh
South Zone – Shikha Pandey (C), Ganesh Divya, Minnu Mani (VC), Neeragattu Anusha, Gongadi Trisha, Yuvashri Karthikeyan, Vrinda Dinesh, Lakshminarayan Nethra, Bhogi Shravani, Purvaja Verlekar, Drishya, Vaishnavi, Bareddy Anusha, Sundaresan Anusha, Shabnam Shakil

Players to watch out:

Punam Raut

The 34-year-old batter in the recently concluded Senior Women’s T20 Trophy (SWT20 Trophy) amassed 367 runs from 10 innings at an average of 45.88, striking at 109.22, and recorded a best of 58. Punam displayed exceptional form with 3 fifties while opening the batting, and it is hoped she continues with that momentum.

Tanuja Kanwar

The 27-year-old left-arm spinner scalped 10 wickets at an economy rate of 3.87 from 7 innings, averaging 9.30 in the 2023 SWT20 Trophy. Tanuja has consistently impressed in domestic seasons and started this season brilliantly. The wicket at the venue will likely suit Tanuja’s style, and the team will rely on her to deliver strong performances.

Shikha Pandey

The 34-year-old all-rounder picked up 8 wickets at an economy rate of 4.56 in 6 SWT20 outings this season, while also contributing 99 runs with the bat. Shikha, a proven all-rounder in scintillating form, is set to play a crucial role for the team. Her variations on the Lucknow wicket should prove to be very handy.

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Lakshminarayan Nethra

The 28-year-old all-rounder had an outstanding run in the ’23 SWT20 Trophy, accumulating 208 runs from 8 innings, striking at 113.04, and also proved effective with the ball. Late last month, Lakshminarayan notched up her best of 88* from 58 balls, displaying her promising form. It’ll be expected that this talented all-rounder will carry forward her form into the Inter Zonals.

Pitch:

The 22 yards at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium pose a challenge for batters, offering ample assistance to the bowlers, especially the spinners. To post a match-winning total in the 150s, the batters will need to demonstrate adaptability to excel on this pitch.

Weather:

Lucknow promises ideal conditions for a complete game of cricket with no expected rain. The temperature is forecasted to hover around 20°C, with light winds and humidity of 58%.

Fantasy playing XI:

Aparna Mondal, Punam Raut, Vrinda Dinesh, Gongadi Trisha, Disha Kasat, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Dayalan Hemalatha, Pooja Khemnar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht

Match details:

Date – November 24, 2023

Time – 4:30 PM IST

Venue – Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Broadcast – T.B.C.

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