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Match Preview: India vs Pakistan – Match 5

Date: November 10, 2018

Venue: Guyana National Stadium, Providence, Guyana

The stage is set for what is probably the most highly anticipated group match of the World Twenty-20. India take on Pakistan for both teams second match of the tournament; a clash the cricket crazy fans of both nations will be looking forward to. India defeated New Zealand convincingly in their first match, while Pakistan suffered a massive loss at the hands of the Australians.

 

Players to Watch Out for:

Jemimah Rodrigues (India)

Role: Top-order batter

T20I’s: 15

Batting Stats: Runs-395; Average 39.50; Strike Rate- 136.20; Best- 59

The youngster has burst on to the international scene, needing no time to adjust to playing at the elite level. Though she has just 15 T20I’s under her belt, her mature and composed knock in the first World T20 match showed her character. She anchored the Indian innings as wickets fell around her, then worked to build a partnership with her skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. It was their record breaking fourth wicket stand of 134 that guided India to a grand total of 194. Rodrigues herself registered a career best score of 59. After impressing in the first match, what more does this youngster have up her sleeve?

Omaima Sohail (Pakistan)

Role: Top-order batter

T20I’s: 4

Batting Stats: Runs- 92, Average-23,.00; Strike rate- 121.05; Best-43

Sohail is a promising prospect for Pakistan. She plays an aggressive brand of cricket early in the innings to help her team gain some momentum. She was particularly impressive in Pakistan’s first match of tournament, being one of only three batters who reached double figures. While she scored just 20 runs, it should be noted that they came in just 11 balls. What looked to a highly entertaining innings was stopped prematurely due to an unfortunate run out. Sohail has shown she has talent. Now, she needs to step up and score a big innings for her side; something that does not look far from happening.

 

Who Said What

In her post-match press conference, Harmanpreet Kaur, who was battling cramps during her remarkable innings of 103 said, “Well, when you’re playing for your country, doesn’t matter how sick you are but you have to give your 100 percent because you hardly get chances to play for your country.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s spinner Nida Dar in her post-match press conference asserted, “This wicket is very slow and this kind of wicket is just like in Pakistan. So we have a great opportunity for next matches, for next three matches.”

 

Conditions:

The conditions in Guyana were expected to be low and slow throughout the day. But, after India’s exploits, it seems like the pitch holds more for the batters than it seemed previously, at least during the day.

 

Numbers to look out for:

  • Harmanpreet Kaur need 43 runs to break the women’s T20I record for most runs in a calendar year (625 by Lanning in 2014).
  • Rodrigues on 395, incidentally already has the most by a teenager in a calendar year. If she makes another fifty, she’d join Stafanie Taylor as the only teenager to make two fifties at a single edition of the World T20.
  • Unlikely, but if Kaur makes another hundred, she’d be the first woman at domestic or international level to make centuries in consecutive T20 innings.
  • If any Pakistan batter were to make a fifty, they’d be the first from their nation to do so vs India in women’s T20Is (Pakistan’s current best is Nain Abidi’s 37* at the 2016 Asia Cup).

(Stats Courtesy: @_hypocaust)

 

Probable XI

India: Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy

Pakistan: Ayesha Zafar, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan (C), Nida Dar, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aliya Riaz, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin

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