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Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women World T20 Preview - Match 15

Pakistan, buoyed by its thrilling win against India, will face an ever-improving Bangladesh in Delhi

23 March 2016 22:27

Two sides who occupy the last two spots in Group B of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 will go head to head in the second match of a double-header at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday (March 24).

Bangladesh Women will be fighting to record its first win of the tournament, having lost to India, West Indies and England. However, it faces a significant challenge against a Pakistan Women side who will be buoyed its narrow win over India in a thrilling rain-hit encounter.

Pakistan nearly botched the chase, losing late wickets as pressure grew. Rain came to its rescue though - it was two runs over the par score of 75 - and it ended at 77 for 6. The nervy ending ensured victory was that much more dear. So much that the team was moved to post a heart-warming video on Twitter, with the players thanking their parents for the support. It could be the spur the team needed for the rest of its tournament.

However, its opening loss to the West Indies makes victory against Bangladesh vital to keep alive its chances of qualifying for the semifinal. To that end, a lot of its hopes will rest on Anam Amin, who has been vital for the side with five wickets in two games. She also won the Man of the Match award in both its clashes so far.

Sidra Ameen, the opening batter, is another key figure. Her run-a-ball 26 against India provided much-needed stability, even as wickets fell around her. She is the top-scorer for the side in the two matches so far with 46 runs. With the ball, Sadia Yousuf, the left-arm spinner, has ably supported Anam, and the two will hope to weave more webs around the batters.

For Bangladesh, Salma Khatun and Nigar Sultana have been particularly impressive with the bat. Sultana's ability to consistently find the gap with the sweep shot and her speed between the wickets make her stand out.

Salma, one of Bangladesh's most experienced players, came into the tournament on the back of some underwhelming performances, but the team will be thrilled that the veteran has found her feet again. With the ball too she has proven to be a handful with her offspin. Along with the likes of Rumana Ahmed, Fahima Khatun, the legspinners, and Nahida Akter, the young left-arm spinner, she leads a disciplined spin contingent.

Bangladesh started off on a disappointing note with its 72-run loss to India in Bangalore, but it showed a great deal of improvement with its performance against England. There was energy in the field, discipline with the ball and an aggressive intent with the bat.

The two teams met last year when Bangladesh took part in a historic tour of Pakistan. The home side came out on top then, but Jahanara Alam's girls will hope that experience will come in handy.

Bangladesh Women: Jahanara Alam (capt), Ayasha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Salma Khatun, Khadija Tul Khubra, Lata Mondal, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana (wk), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Shaila Sharmin, Sharmin Akhter.

Pakistan Women: Sana Mir (capt), Bismah Maroof, Ayesha Zafar, Nida Dar, Sadia Yousuf, Nain Abidi, Sidra Nawaz, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Ameen, Sania Khan, Iram Javed, Asmavia Iqbal, Nahida Khan, Muneeba Ali, Anam Amin.

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