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 12th match of the qualifiers between the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait scheduled for Tomorrow, November 26, let’s get a preview of the match.
The host UAE is the only unbeaten team of this qualification tournament and thus, acquire the top spot on the points table. They would be up against the team which has already been eliminated after failing to win even a single match, Kuwait.
UAE– Chaya Mughal (c), Natasha Cherriath, Samaira Dharnidharka, Kavisha Egodage, Mahika Gaur, Priyanjali Jain, Suraksha Kotte, Vaishnave Mahesh, Judit Peter (wk), Esha Rohit, Theertha Satish, Chamani Seneviratne, Khushi Sharma, Venkataraman Subha
Kuwait– Amna Tariq (c), Aakriti Bose (wk), Venora D’Souza, Siobhan Gomez, Aaliya Hussain, Mariamma Hyder, Maria Jasvi, Zeefa Jilani, Khadija Khalil, Glenda Menes, Priyada Murali, Maryam Omar, Balasubramani Shanti, Rida Zainab
Players to watch out for:
The Player of the match in UAE’s last match, 19 years old bowler Khushi Sharma dismissed half of Bhutan’s team as she took a fifer with one maiden in her four overs giving away 22 runs. Her performance helped UAE achieve a 47-run victory over Bhutan.
Theertha Satish looks to be in great form having scored 115 runs till now with the bat which includes 46 off 48 with three boundaries in the first match, a not so good performance in the second match but an unbeaten 64 off 53 balls at the strike rate of 120.75 in the third match.
All-rounder Maryam Omar who is the third-highest run-scorer among women for Kuwait in the shortest format has made 29, 22, and 7 runs in her three innings and has taken a total of three wickets as well.
Priyada Murali has had a decent tournament till now, but her performance has helped Kuwait put up a good total. Murali has scored two tens and a 34 in the three matches she has played in these qualifiers and was the only double-digit scorer for them in the last match against Nepal.
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:
Theertha Satish (captain), Chamani Seneviratna (vice-captain), Priyada Murali, Khushi Sharma, Maryam Omar, Aakriti Bose, Chaya Mughal, Amna Tariq, Esha Oza, Kavisha Egodage, Maria Jasvi
Date- Friday, November 26, 2021
Time- 3:00 PM IST
Venue- ICC Academy Ground No.2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates