The stage is set for the second T20I of the three-match series between Bangladesh Women and Pakistan Women, and the Chattogram crowd is buzzing with anticipation. The hosts have a 1-0 lead in the series after securing a comprehensive win in the first fixture.
Bangladesh’s Strong Start
Bangladesh women had a strong start in the series, clinching victory in the first T20I by five wickets. Captain Nigar Sultana led from the front and will be hoping to continue the excellent form in this fixture.
The home side is expected to stick with the same playing XI for the second game of the T20I series. In the batting department, they will rely heavily on the likes of skipper Nigar Sultana, openers Shamima Sultana and Murshida Khatun, wicket-keeper-batsman Nigar Sultana, and Sobhana Mostary to score the bulk of the runs.
In the previous match, Captain Nigar Sultana top-scored with 26 not out off 28 balls, including three boundaries. Alongside her, Murshida Khatun contributed 23 runs off 40 balls with two boundaries.
On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Marufa Akter and the spin quartet of Shorna Akter, Nahida Akter, Sultana Khatun, and Rabeya Khan to claim timely breakthroughs and dismantle the visitors’ batting line. Nahida Akter was the standout bowler in the first match, finishing with figures of 5 for 8 in 3.4 overs. Sultana Khatun, Rabeya Khan, and Shorna Akter also bowled well and claimed one wicket each.
Pakistan Women’s Challenge
After suffering a comfortable defeat in the first T20I, Pakistan women will enter the second fixture with low confidence. The management will be bitterly disappointed with the performance of the players in the first fixture, where they were outclassed by the Bangladesh women in all three departments.
The team management will be hoping to see the players produce a much better performance in the do-or-die fixture. In the batting department, the visitors will rely on senior players like Bisma Maroof, Sidra Ameen, Iram Javed, Muneeba Ali, Aliya Riaz, and captain Nida Dar to score the bulk of the runs and help the side in posting a respectable total.
On the bowling front, the onus will be on the spin quartet of Nida Dar, Sadia Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu, and Umm-e-Hani to deliver timely breakthroughs. In the previous match, Nashra Sandhu and Umm-e-Hani bowled well and claimed one wicket each.
As both teams prepare for the second T20I showdown, Bangladesh women will be aiming to clinch the series, while Pakistan women will be determined to stage a comeback and level the series. Cricket fans can expect an exciting contest in Chattogram as the battle continues.
Predicted Playing XIs
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Nahida Akter, Sobhana Mostary, Shamima Sultana, Ritu Moni, Shorna Akter, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Rabeya Khan, Marufa Akter, Sultana Khatun
Pakistan: Sidra Ameen, Muneeba Ali (wk), Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar (c), Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed, Natalia Pervaiz, Umm-e-Hani, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal
Pitch Conditions Favor Spinners
The wicket prepared for the game is likely to be favorable for the spinners. Batsmen from both sides will have to work hard for their runs on the sluggish pitch. The slow nature of the surface is expected to give spinners a significant advantage, making it a challenging day for the batsmen.
The conditions in Chattogram are expected to be bright and sunny. The players can expect a day filled with sunshine, but the humidity is likely to be around 70%. While the sun will make for pleasant viewing for the fans, the humidity could make it a bit uncomfortable for the players.
Toss May Prove Crucial
The toss could be crucial in determining the course of the game. Both teams will be keen to win the toss, elect to bowl first, and restrict the opposing team to a modest total. The opening match of the T20I series was won by the side batting second, further emphasizing the significance of the toss.
Predicting the Winner
In the first T20I of the series, Bangladesh women displayed their dominance and proved to be a formidable force. With favorable pitch conditions for spinners, the home team has a strong advantage. Their spin department possesses enough firepower to trouble Pakistan’s star-studded batting lineup.
Pakistan women, on the other hand, will need to improve their performance with the bat to level the T20I series. They have their work cut out for them against Bangladesh’s spinners.
As a result, the prediction is in favor of Nigar Sultana-led Bangladesh women to secure another win and seal the three-match series on Friday. Cricket fans can look forward to a thrilling contest between these two teams in Chattogram.
Today Women Match Prediction: Bangladesh Women
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