The final match of the 2022 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier will be played between Bangladesh and Ireland on September 25 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The game will begin at 8.30 PM IST.
Both teams won their semi-finals on September 23. While Bangladesh pipped Thailand by 11 runs, Ireland handed a defeat to Zimbabwe by four runs in a cliffhanger.
Bangladesh and Ireland have played 10 T20Is against each other, out of which Bangladesh has won seven and Ireland has won three.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (c), Rumana Ahmed, Marufa Akter, Nahida Akter, Sharmin Akhter, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Salma Khatun, Sanjida Akter Meghla, Lata Mondal, Ritu Moni, Sobhana Mostary, Sharmin Sultana
Ireland: Laura Delany (c), Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron
Players to watch
The talented all-rounder from Bangladesh top-scored in her last game against Thailand. The right-handed middle-order batter muscled an unbeaten 28 off 24, including two boundaries and a six. Apart from her batting, she bowled four overs of right-arm leg spin and conceded 25 runs.
The experienced right-arm off-spinner of Bangladesh scalped 18/3 in her full quota of four overs in her last outing against Thailand. She opened the bowling and struck in her second over. She bowled well with the new ball and was also effective at the death, picking up two wickets in the 20th over.
The right-handed top-order batter of Ireland starred with the bat in her last fixture against Zimbabwe. She smashed 28 off 25, including three boundaries and a six. She led the run chase from the front and set a solid platform for the batters to follow. She can also be a good bowling option, rolling her arm over to bowl right-arm medium pace.
The right-arm speedster of Ireland won the player of the match in her last appearance against Zimbabwe. She opened the bowling and bowled well with the new ball. She claimed 18/2 in four overs, picking up both the wickets in the fifth over, and was the most economical bowler in the lot.
This will be the tournament’s 10th and final match here, with the ninth game being played early in the day. Out of the eight games played here until yesterday, the teams batting first have won three, and the teams batting second have won five. The average first innings score is 119, and the average second innings score is 110. Batting-friendly conditions are on the cards. However, the slowness in the pitch may come in handy for the bowlers.
The weather is expected to be sunny to partly cloudy. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 38 degrees Celsius. There will be 18 percent cloud cover and no chance of rain. The wind will blow from the west-northwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Nigar Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Gaby Lewis, Amy Hunter, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, Laura Delany, Orla Prendergast, Arlene Kelly, Nahida Akter, Jane Maguire
Date: September 25, 2022
Time: 8.30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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