West Indies Women v Bangladesh Women World T20 preview – Match 8
Form, history favour the West Indies Women, but the team will expect their middle order to deliver against a spirited Bangladesh side
19 March 2016 18:11
There's a distinct flavour in most things West Indies do on the field.
But flamboyance alone doesn’t win you matches, especially at a global event like the ICC Women’s World Twenty20. And the West Indies, having made it to the semifinals in the past three editions of the tournament, will be well aware of that.
History may count for little, but ahead of its clash against Bangladesh Women at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Sunday (March 20), the West Indies will draw inspiration from all its wins in the past editions of the tournament.
The talent in the West Indies line-up has never been a concern, but, at times, the temperament and confidence has been – the nervy four-win over Pakistan Women on Wednesday was testimony to that.
The West Indies came into the tournament after a 1-2 loss in the three-match T20I series against South Africa. It also lost the only warm-up match against Australia, but bounced back to script a narrow win against Pakistan.
With brutal hitters in Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin, West Indies’ strength is undoubtedly its batting, but being over-reliant on the duo has hurt them in the past, and others would have to step up and ease the pressure off the main strikers. In a quest to start aggressively, it has sometimes faltered; which is where the experience of Merissa Aguilleira, the former captain, comes in handy. Her ability to remain calm under pressure will be important for the West Indies to mount a challenge.
Shakera Selman, the right-arm pacer, acknowledged that the lack of significant partnerships in the middle order has been a concern. “We’re working hard in the nets, we’re asking our middle order to step up and build partnerships in the middle as it will help in the amount of runs we end up making.”
The bowling attack is multi-dimensional. The pacers led by Tremayne Smartt aren't short of experience, while Anisa Mohammed and Shaquana Quintyne lend variety with their offspin and legspin respectively. The manner in which their bowlers, led by Anisa, stepped up to defend a modest 103 against Pakistan should make the team management happy.
“We are very confident going into our next game,” said Selman. “Our main aim was to start with a win to give us the momentum, and having done, that we’re confident that we can maintain it going forward.”
Bangladesh’s vigour and zeal on the field is unmatchable, but it will expect more from its batters. Its India sojourn will also help it gain experience, having played 28 T20Is in four years and winning five of those. In its two matches so far in the tournament, it was beaten by 72 runs by India and by 36 runs against England. Its bowlers have held their own, but the batters have been bogged down early on.
Jahanara Alam, their captain, though, reiterated on the eve of the match that her side was ready for a fight. “The West Indies team are not as strong as India or Australia, so we can definitely try to beat them,” she reckoned. “We know that it is a fresh start for us and we have the ability to bounce back well.”
Bangladesh Women: Jahanara Alam (capt), Ayasha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Salma Khatum, Khadija Tul Khubra, Lata Mondal, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana (wk), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Shaila Sharmin, Sharmin Akhter.
West Indies Women: Stephanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt.