It is the first game of Women’s Asia Cup T20 2022, where hosts Bangladesh Women shall take on Thailand Women. Bangladesh is the defending champion in this tournament, and they would like to make a perfect start in front of their home crowd. Thailand Women have been the bottom hunters of the points table in this tournament and will look for a better start.
Bangladesh Women have never lost a game against Thailand Women in the past. This record would boost the side’s confidence. The hosts know the conditions well and have good spinners on the side. Thailand Women face a massive challenge, and the team must play out of its skin to do well in this game.
Bangladesh Women’s Preview
Nigar Sultana’s side shall come into this game full of confidence. They recently won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022, where the side remained undefeated. The Bangladeshis played against Thailand Women and won that game. It will make Sultana and her girls confident. Playing at home, they shall look for a perfect start.
Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun have looked good at the top, and the side shall expect a solid start from them. Sultana will look to steer the middle order and build partnerships with Rumana Ahmed and Sobhana Mostary. The lower middle order hasn’t scored runs in recent matches, and the side would expect runs from Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, and Lata Mondal.
Salma Khatun and Shanjida Akter have been in good form with the new ball, and the pair shall look to make a good start in this game. Nahida Akter and Shohely Akhter would enjoy bowling in these conditions, and a good show from them would put the side in a strong position. Rumana Ahmed would look to play an important role as the side’s fifth bowler.
Bangladesh Women’s Predicted Playing XI:
Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Murshida Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Hoque, Sobhana Mostary, Shohely Akhter, Ritu Moni, Nahida Akter, Shanjida Akter, Salma Khatun, Lata Mondal
Thailand Women’s Preview
Naruemol Chaiwai’s team had shown sparks of brilliance during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022. However, the side struggled to show consistency during the tournament. It will be an uphill challenge for the side against a strong Bangladeshi side, and Chaiwai would like her players to punch above their weight and win this game.
Nannapat Koncharoenka and Nattakan Chantam have done well in recent games, and they will have to come up with a solid opening wicket stand. Naruemol Chaiwai has to add runs in the middle order with Nattaya Boochatham and Sornnarin Tippoch. The team would also expect runs from Onnicha Kamchomphu and Suleeporn Laomi down the order.
Chanida Sutthiruang and Nattaya Boochatham shall have an important role with the new ball in this game. Phannita Maya must use the conditions in this game and keep runs under check in the middle overs with Thipatcha Putthawong. Onnicha Kamchomphu and Suleeporn Laomi must do well in the supporting role.
Thailand Women’s Predicted Playing XI:
Naruemol Chaiwai (c), Sornnarin Tippoch, Nattaya Boochatham, Nannapat Koncharoenkai (wk), Nattakan Chantam, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Phannita Maya, Thipatcha Putthawong, Chanida Sutthiruang, Suwanan Khiaoto, Suleeporn Laomi
Sylhet would see overcast skies on October 1, and we expect to see challenging batting conditions in this game. The wicket is slow, and hence batters have to play to the merit of the ball. The side batting first would need a minimum of 150 runs on the board to feel confident.
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is a good venue for the bowlers, and they have done well here in the past. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball, and the spinners also enjoy bowling and have enjoyed success. Batters must stick to the wicket and rotate strikes to do well in this game.
Toss: To Bowl
The wicket would be challenging one to bat on early in the game. Batsmen have struggled when the wicket here has been slow. Under these circumstances, the side bowling first would have an advantage. Hence, the side winning the toss would opt to bowl first in the game.
BANW vs THAW
Thailand Women are a young side, and most of their players are new to playing against big sides. They will have to bat well in this game as the Bangladeshi spinners would trouble them. Bangladesh Women come here as defending champions, and they have been in excellent form in recent months. It would make them favourites to win this game.
Bangladesh Women to win!