The much-awaited ICC Women’s T20 World Cup got underway yesterday with Indian colts defeating hosts Australia in a sensational opener. Poonam Yadav proved to be the lynchpin of the Indian bowling line-up as she bagged exceptional figures of 4/18. We are now set for Day 2 with New Zealand slated to lock horns against Sri Lanka. It should be another intriguing contest especially given the fact that both teams have some sensational players in their ranks.
While the Lankans lost their first warm-up match against South Africa, they staged a major upset when they thrashed pre-tournament favourites England by 10 wickets. On the other hand, coming to New Zealand, they weren’t at their best during the warm-up games as they lost to England. However, they gained some much-needed confidence after defeating Thailand in the other clash.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The surface at the WACA at Perth has produced some good batting surfaces and the average score here in women’s cricket is 155. There are chances of rain and thundershowers. However, by the time the game starts, it should be clear and we should witness a full game. Given the conditions, the team winning the toss might be tempted to field.
Probable Playing XI’s
Sophie Devine (C), Rachel Priest (WK), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jansen, Holly Huddleston, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr.
Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu (C), Harshitha Madavi, Hansima Karunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (WK), Shashikala Siriwardene, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabhodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Kavisha Dilhari
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
Match 3: New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women
Venue- WACA Ground in Perth
TV- Star Sports 2
5 must-have players in the dream XI team
Sophie Devine, Chamari Athapaththu, Suzie Bates, Shasikala Siriwardene
NZ-W vs SL-W Dream11 Picks
Dream XI Wicket-keepers
Rachael Priest will be the only wicket-keeper in our dream XI team. She has been a consistent run-scorer for the Kiwis and has also been pretty safe behind the stumps. She doesn’t have the greatest of records to boast of but she is definitely a fine striker of the ball and will look to make an impact in their opening game of the competition.
Dream XI Batsmen
Suzie Bates, Hasini Perera and Harshita Madavi will be three batswomen in our dream XI team. Bates has been an impressive performer for the Kiwis over the years and will look to make an impact in their first game of the competition. She has been one of the most consistent performers for New Zealand in the recent past and will look to continue his form in the T20 World Cup.
Hasini Perera and Harshita Madavi hasn’t had the greatest of times of late but are exceptional talent who has the ability to turn the game. They had a good time in the warm-up ups and will look to replicate much of the same in their tournament opener.
Dream XI All-rounders
Sophie Devine, Chamari Atapattu, Amelia Kerr and Kavisha Dilhari will be the four all-rounders in our dream XI team. Devine has been in sensational form and has been a consistent performer for the Kiwis over the years. She was in sensational form during the series against South Africa and will look to do much of the same in the mega event.
Chamari Atapattu has been the best player for Sri Lanka in the last few years. She batted brilliantly during the warm-up clash against England scoring a magical 78. She also bagged 3 important wickets and will look to replicate in the World Cup.
Amelia Kerr is another exceptional player from New Zealand and will look to be in solid form during the World Cup. She has looked in good form in the recent past and will look to provide New Zealand with the much-needed runs and wickets whenever needed.
The last player in this category, Kavisha Dilhari is a relatively unknown commodity in the international circuit. She could well turn out to be the trump card for her team and the dream XI team.
Dream XI bowlers
Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu and Jess Kerr will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Kasperek bowled well against Thailand in the warm-up clash and bagged 3 wickets.
Tahuhu and Jess Kerr have both produced some impressive performances in the recent past and will to keep up the good work in the mega event.
Captain and Vice-captain
Suzie Bates will be the captain while Chamari Atapattu will be the vice-captain for the day.
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