The race to the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup has already begun with the qualifiers scheduled to take place next year. On the road to the main qualifying tournament, the regional qualifiers for Europe, Africa, America have already taken place with East Asia-Pacific seeing an unfortunate cancellation due to Covid-19. Currently underway are the Asia qualifiers taking place in the UAE. As we head towards the 10th match of the qualifiers between Malaysia and Nepal scheduled for Tomorrow, November 26, let’s get a preview of the match.
Nepal who are currently ranked second in the table, have won two out of the three matches they have played in this tournament and have the highest net run rate of 2.797 among the six competing teams. It is the other way round for Malaysia who has just won one out of their three matches and has a net run rate of 0.622.
Malaysia – Winifred Duraisingam (c), Nik Nur Atiela, Aisya Eleesa, Mas Elysa, Ainna Hamizah Hashim, Elsa Hunter, Mahirah Izzati Ismail, Wan Julia (wk), Nur Arianna Natsya, Nur Natasya Nazira, Amalin Sorfina, Yusrina Yaakop, Noor Hayati Zakaria, Wan Nor Zulaika
Nepal – Rubina Chhetry (c), Indu Barma (vc), Apsari Begam, Karuna Bhandari, Dolly Bhatta, Kabita Joshi, Saraswati Kumari, Kabita Kunwar, Sarita Magar, Sita Magar, Jyoti Pandey, Sangita Rai, Shabnam Rai, Kajal Shrestha (wk)
Players to watch out for:
Mas Elysa has been constantly performing well for Malaysia, being the top scorer for them in the last two matches the team has played. She scored 43 off 28 with a strike rate of 153.57 against Kuwait where she took two wickets with the ball and was adjudged as the player of the match, against Hong Kong, she got 38 runs off 49 runs.
The all-rounder captain, Winifred Duraisingam got Malaysia to a great start against Kuwait, scoring 44 off 40 at the strike rate of 110.00. She also bowled well in the team’s last match against Hong Kong, taking two wickets and a maiden, giving away 15 runs in her 3 overs.
After finding her way into Nepal’s playing XI for their third match of the tournament, Sangita Rai proved herself after bowling a phenomenal spell of 2.4 overs conceding just 2 runs and taking 3 wickets, leading the team from the front, and bowling out Kuwait for just 27 runs.
Sita Rana Nagar
Contributing with both the bat and the ball, Sita Rana Nagar has been a key asset for Nepal. Against Hong Kong, she scored an unbeaten 40 off 58 deliveries and also took a wicket in her 4 overs spell giving away 18 runs. This was followed by a player of the match performance against Bhutan where she scored 17 off 13 and took three wickets giving away 10 runs in four overs.
It is expected to be a pleasant day with abundant sunshine. The minimum temperature would be 23 degrees Celsius while the maximum would be 30 degrees Celsius.
The pitch seems to be a balanced one offering equal assistance to both sides. As a result, the bowlers had to be careful of their length.
Fantasy Playing XI:
Mas Elysa (captain), Sita Rana Nagar (vice-captain), Indu Barma, Wan Julia (wk), Rubina Chhetry, Winifred Duraisingam, Sangita Rai, Nik Nur Atiela, Karuna Bhandari, Mahirah Izzati Ismail, Elsa Hunter
Date- November 26, 2021
Time- 11 AM IST
Venue- ICC Academy, Dubai
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