The showdown between England and West Indies will be the 16th match of the ICC Women’s T20 world cup and the 8th match of Group B. It will be the 4th match for England and 3rd for West Indies in the tournament. The match will be held on 1st March (1.30 pm IST onwards) at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney.
Players to watch out for and why
With an average of 48.33 in the tournament, Natalie Sciver has been the most dependable run machine for the English side. Naturally, she would be the one to watch out in the next match. After her splendid 108* against Thailand, Heather Knight continued the form in the last match against Pakistan and scored 62 runs. With Knight and Sciver, the English batting side is tough as a nail. On the bowling side too, England is pretty strong. Anya Shrubsole has been magnificent in this tournament, taking 7 wickets in 3 matches. She will be supported by Sarah Glenn (4 wickets) and Sophie Ecclestone (5 wickets).
The West Indies side has a star player in the form of allrounder Stefanie Taylor. In the last two matches, Taylor has made 69 runs and plucked 4 wickets. She can be expected to continue being reliable for the WI side. Shemaine Campbell is great support on the batting front, having scored 68 runs in the last two matches. However, the bowling attack of the WI side comes off rather weak. Apart from Taylor, the only other reliable bowler is Afy Fletcher (who has just managed 2 wickets so far). This weakness can haunt them in the future.
Who will win and why
England and West Indies have come off pretty even whenever they faced each other in the past. Of the 14 matches they have played together, England won 6 while West Indies won 7. Both teams have a good history in the ICC women’s T20 world cup.
However, England boasts of two star batsmen in the form of Knight and Sciver, while West Indies seriously lacks the bowling attack to counter them.
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