The fifth match of the ICC Women’s World T20 2023 will be played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on February 12 at Newlands in Cape Town. The game will begin at 10.30 PM IST (7 PM LOCAL).
While Bangladesh will play their first match in the tournament, Sri Lanka will feature in their second, having won a thrilling contest against the hosts, South Africa, by just three runs.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played eight T20Is against each other, out of which Bangladesh have won two and Sri Lanka have won six.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana Joty (c) Marufa Akter, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Fahima Khatun, Shorna Akter, Salma Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akter, Rumana Ahmed, Lata Mondol, Ritu Moni, Disha Biswas, Sobhana Mostary
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Vishmi Gunaratne, Tharika Sewwandi, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani
Players to watch
The talented left-arm spinner of Bangladesh was the pick of the bowlers in her last warm-up fixture against India. She accounted for 24/2 in three overs, striking twice inside the powerplay. She was brilliant with the new ball.
Nigar Sultana Joty:
The skipper of Bangladesh led the run chase from the front in the last warm-up game against India. The right-handed middle-order batter scored 40 off 36, including three boundaries and a six. She held the innings together and was in the middle from the sixth to 19th overs.
The captain of Sri Lanka won the player of the match award in the last encounter against South Africa. The left-handed opening batter muscled 68 off 50, including a dozen boundaries. She anchored the team’s innings well and was there till the 18th over.
The wily left-arm spinner of Sri Lanka was the most successful bowler for her side in the last fixture against South Africa. She snapped 18/3 in four overs and was effective in the middle and death overs. She was also the most economical bowler for her team.
It will be the tournament’s third match at the venue, with the second being played early in the day. In the last game played on February 10, more than 250 runs were scored, and 13 wickets fell. Though the wicket looks favourable for batting, there is some assistance for the bowlers. A riveting battle between bat and ball could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be partly sunny and cooler but pleasant. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 26 degrees Celsius. There will be a 45 percent cloud cover and a one percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the south.
Fantasy Playing XI
Anushka Sanjeewani, Nigar Sultana Joty, Vishmi Gunarathne, Nilakshi de Silva, Fargana Hoque, Chamari Athapaththu, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, Inoka Ranaweera, Nahida Akter
Date: February 12, 2023
Time: 10.30 PM IST (\7 PM LOCAL)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Live streaming: Star Sports Network
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